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.
"Mr. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, is not the least troubled by his status as Capitol Hill's master infuriator..." --New York Times, 12/14/0...
The leadership of the Democratic Party has not lined up behind Gillibrand so much as they have lined up against the idea of Ford's candidacy.
Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) visited Jerusalem, in what turned out to be another ordinary identification visit with Israel.
With NBC waffling over Leno and Conan and Fox's recent cancellation of Mark Burnett's latest reality show, Our Little Genius, it's too bad our little whiz kids couldn't replace the studios executives at either NBC or FOX.
While most in the media prefer to focus on personalities of these influential "consensus builders," "moderates," and "conservatives," they would be wiser to obey that old Watergate adage and "follow the money."
With levity the object, we provide herewith an implausible alternative to the usual fare from the financial establishment, which disturbingly seems possible in these unsettled political and economic times.