Call it the "audacity of governing." It's time for battle. If Obama cares about the country as much as he says, and believes in his ideas as much as he professes, he will pull out all the tools at his disposal.
President Obama's version of "I see you" must convey to people that he understands both the extent of their problems and their hesitancy to grow government to solve them.
What's important is that the country hears a clear call to action on clean energy and climate legislation, and that's what we'll all be listening to hear.
The defeat in Massachusetts forces the White House to confront the political problems they face, some of which were obscured in 2009 by the extremist sideshow known as the Republican Party.
So much for reconciliation -- apparently, when the GOP uses it, it's a legitimate legislative tool, but the Democrats refuse to touch the one potent weapon at hand.
With any relationship, when the bad far outweighs the good, perhaps it's time to move on. This is honestly how I've felt for the past few years with the Democratic Party
What to give a president for his first anniversary in office ... how about a great cosmic joke? Take Kennedy's Senate seat and hand it to someone who promises to be the crucial vote against the central cause of Kennedy's life -- not to mention the central battle of the president's entire first year.
A move to the center is what's currently being advocated by Sen. Joe Lieberman. That alone should send the party hurrying in the opposite direction.
If the White House learns the right lessons from the stunning loss in Massachusetts, it will turn out to be a blessing. A blessing in a very heavy disguise, yes, but a blessing nonetheless.
Aren't people who have participated in a failure supposed to look at their part in the problem, then step up and take responsibility for it? Watching the Democrats, those thoughts feel like relics from an archaic age.
Senator Brown's victory has shuffled the deck on some issues, but it won't derail the bipartisan push for clean energy and climate legislation that will make our economy stronger and our country more secure.
The only real question this morning is, how more Democrats will lose their seats before they decide to stand up to the corporations?
We have a president who understands the politics of campaigning but not the politics of governing.
The Obama Administration has cut far too many deals with the same corporate special interests that have dominated Washington since the Reagan years.
Even if Coakley loses, I think the Senate's version of reform is still alive and kicking. That's because one or two Republicans will peel lose and vote for cloture after all.
Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is now saying that if Democrats lose the Massachusetts Senate election tomorrow, the party will consider using reconciliation to pass the health care bill.