Obama now finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place, trying to deftly balance an appreciation for, and an acceptance of, his health care reform's flaws while maintaining an upbeat, optimistic and steadfast defense of its ultimate merits and value.
Why are today's Republicans so upset with an Act they designed and their patrons adore? Because it's the signature achievement of the Obama administration. There's a deep irony to all this.
To a large extent, the Republican Party's congressional leadership sees their problem as one of branding. They understand that being seen as the party of older white men damages them, so they seek to find faces of the party who are younger, female and non-white.
I'm going to stand up for Mitt Romney. Now you might not realize this, but that last sentence is magical. It's the only phrase in the English langua...
That Benghazi would remain at the forefront of the contentious American political conversation speaks less to any special circumstances of the attack, and more to the insidious nature of a Republican noise machine that has grown in size and decibels over the last four decades.
When Ernesto Perez, CEO of for-profit Dade Medical College, was named to Florida's Commission on Independent Education -- a panel charged with overseeing schools like his -- he omitted criminal convictions and arrests from his Senate confirmation questionnaire.
Despite the aggressive missionary program and public relations campaign on the part of the Mormon church, most Americans don't know any Mormons, perceive very little in common with them, and feel, at best, ambivalently toward them.
Representative John Kline, Republican of Minnesota, chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also is a living symbol of the Republican Party's shameful loyalty to big for-profit colleges.
As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?
Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?
The Tea Partiers have it all muddled again. They're crying about 50 million uninsured Americans retaining access to doctors under the Affordable Care Act instead of protesting, as they did in their early days, the Republican attempt to strangle Medicare.
What government department does the Tea Party want to be funded that is not currently being funded right now during the shutdown? I can't think of one.
Chris Powell, managing editor of the Journal Inquirer, an afternoon paper in Manchester, Conn., seems to be having trouble adapting. Instead of asking questions about why his newspaper's circulation is falling, and finding innovative ways to preserve his product for future generations, he's pointing his finger at single mothers.
Can people be so biased by their political attitudes that they look out and see a different world, a world where up is down and black is white? I came across a new study this week that argues just that.
The government shutdown is not driven by a Republican desire to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Nor is it about trying to reign in government spending. It is, at its core, the latest act in an effort by the far right of the Republican Party to delegitimize the presidency of Barack Obama.
Political extremism -- from the communist witch hunts of the 1950s to the government-is-coming-to-get-you hysteria we have now -- has proved a useful distraction from a political agenda that many Americans don't like.