For 17 months, you have been very patient with House Republican leaders, encouraging them to either take up and pass the bipartisan Senate bill or work with you to craft a different bill.
The point needs to be stressed. The status quo is not leading us where we need to go. At the level that matters most, even our "victories" are not winning the battle. We are losing at the level where, fundamentally, this battle is being fought.
Obama shouldn't "poison the well"? Really?
Many are now pointing out that Warren's elevation pretty much assures she won't be running for president in 2016, but then we never really believed she would run in the first place. At this point, she'll be much more effective within the Senate Democrats.
I'm a Democrat. I work hard to help Democrats win. So yes, I believe Democrats need to figure out how to get back to winning -- especially the tough elections, especially when the top of the ticket is an anvil instead of an airplane -- so we can make a difference for people.
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Tolerance is the word we now use to say, "you have to agree with my views." However, as one sees with teenagers, tolerance in truth means to disagree, but to respect. And in its highest, most beautiful incarnation, to disagree and yet love.
Now, with two years left in his own administration, and faced with a party change in the Senate, did President Obama take a page from the crisis management handbook as well?
Throughout the country, as states voted for Republican candidates for office, they largely voted against GOP policies in their initiative and referendum positions.
John Boehner should work with all House members regardless of their party affiliation to get as much done as possible this year. Let's compromise. If we negotiate and both give a little, we can get this done.
Obama needs to strongly show that no election instantly changes what the two parties believe, and that all this talk of waving red flags cuts both ways.
I am a Democrat. My small "d" democratic bent encourages me to try to see the best in people, even politicians from the opposing party. But I have rarely witnessed the kind of bare-knuckled politicking that occurred during these mid-term elections.
Veterans should be honored everyday, not just one day set aside so Americans can feel patriotic, do a little flag-waving, and go back to their lives never thinking about the plight of veterans until they're forced to do it all over again next year.
Democrats need to combat the seven "D"s. They need better long-term planning. They must get their message into the news streams ahead of GOP fear mongering. Most of all, they need to address the imbalances in the news media.
When one party has made explicit that its primary goal is to block nearly anything proposed by a sitting president and, further, to undo substantive achievements to date -- when revenge requires all Republican senators and representatives to adhere to that primary goal -- then seeking agreement is seen as a contradiction.