The big news in Washington "journalism" circles this week was not the side issue of "did Obama personally come up with the sequester idea?" but the side-side issue of "did Obama personally take Bob Woodward out to the woodshed and beat him mercilessly with a tire iron?" Or something like that...
There was a lot of typical surface chatter yesterday -- the sequester, the Pope, BW (Bob Woodward), BW (Business Week), Groupon -- but under the surface something far more important was happening.
As we begin another countdown to looming federal funding reductions, decision makers in Washington are looking for creative ways to avert the impact of potentially devastating cuts.
I remain troubled by the fact that fundamental economic issues seem to be the last thing on anybody's minds in D.C. And looming over these economic problems is the elephant in the room: these Too Big To Fail, and apparently Too Big To Jail, Wall Street financial conglomerates.
What's most damning to Scott Brown's future prospects isn't the margin of his defeat. It's the campaign he ran and the issues he stood for.
The pundits will be predicting doom and gloom for sure. Not only did we fail to win the House back in a good Democratic year, they will remind us, but in the sixth year of a presidency the president's party almost always loses seats.
The many losers on the Republican side were to my mind some of the people and groups who have degraded our politics and policies in the worst kind of way. But there is one other set of people and groups who lost in this election.
The largest hope of 2012 surely rests not with the president, but with those senators of political skill and passion who have been elected or reelected. They may give the party a backbone it has missed in recent years.
The real winners and losers are the constituents and causes who did battle on the ground and on the airwaves, and whose lives and livelihoods will be influenced by what happens over the next four years and beyond.
Are you looking for a nonpartisan guide to the Brown/Mandel U.S. Senate race, one that contrasts candidate stands in a fair way?
This year, there is another reason to be a little more optimistic about the undecided: they look a lot like Democratic base voters.
These guys have two more chances to debate. We'll see if they take the opportunity to do that, rather than repeat what we witnessed this first time.
What it boils down to is that somebody types up some words about cord blood and posts the paper on a website. That's it. That is Josh Mandel's big stem cell bill. Why bother with such an empty piece of legislation?
I'm not sure what happens in other states, but here, it goes beyond radio and television. At a party last weekend, the tunes on Pandora were interspersed with messages about the importance of somebody's China policy.
Would talk about issues like education and the environment where Republicans have a good record they can point to. Will it work? Maybe. Maybe not. But it's better than just giving up.
It's not a fun time to be an American taxpayer. There's nothing quite like learning that CEOs from some of the biggest banks your hard-earned money helped bail out made more last year than their firms paid back to Uncle Sam.