The government shutdown was a misguided and senseless tactic that cost American taxpayers at least $24 billion and damaged the Republican brand. But the error-plagued rollout of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has given the GOP a way to change the conversation.
While we know a goal for Republicans is to take over the Senate in the 2014 elections, and a goal for Democrats is to take back the House of Representatives, the president can rise above that for the next four months as we approach the next deadlines.
f I had a wish and a dream, it would be to get Congress in my salon. It would be difficult to argue with each other while John Boehner is getting a "conservative, side part to the right," and Nancy Pelosi is receiving cover for mother nature "highlights."
The botched attempt to inflict mortal wounds to the health care law, which all but assures that it will be implemented as planned, reminded me of another moment when reform opponents fumbled at a critical time.
Defaulting on our national debt would also be historically unprecedented--and in a much bigger way. So why don't Democrats make a deal with Boehner? As long as Republicans hold a majority, they'll agree to cross the aisle and support him for Speaker.
The Republicans have to accept that a compromise is better than a crippled nation with a dysfunctional government.
You won't believe what happened to me last night. POTUS finally invites me -- the goddamn Speaker of the House -- to this state dinner at the White House (big deal) and what does he do?
Scherer and Altman leave Time readers with the impression that somehow Nancy Pelosi is equally responsible for the Republican Tea Party crazies in the House who are driving the country into the ground to win concessions from the president they despise.
The search for a path to compromise can be found in the latest research on the neurobiological basis of social behavior.
Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.
When Congress decides to end the shutdown -- which it must do at some point -- our national leaders will need to prove that they can still get things done. Immigration reform should be at the top of that list.
If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?
This is no longer a hostage negotiation. It has become something far more unpredictable, and therefore much more frightening. Republicans have come full circle from the days when Ronald Reagan proclaimed that "it's morning in America." It's midnight in John Boehner's America.
The smart move for the GOP would be to stop threatening to shut the government down once and for all, and to stop endangering the national economy with these absurd farces that would crash the economy if these threats even prevailed, which they will not.
Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!