Perhaps more than any other decision he made in his first two years, President Obama's choice to allow Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid to shape his main legislative priorities proved tragic.
Today looks grim for Democrats. Maybe it looks particularly grim for young idealistic Democratic staffers and interns, but today the future begins. Historic perspective is a luxury I did not have in 1994.
The war in Afghanistan was barely a blip in this year's election. Poll after poll found that fewer than 10 percent of voters saw it as the most important issue facing the country, or the most important issue to them.
The usual pundits, for all their verbiage, have missed a lot, especially since they have nobody from the cognitive and brain sciences discussing the election. Here's part of what's been missing from the discussion.
It wasn't the progressive agenda that got defeated, it was the corporate-military accommodation of the Democrats and Obama who couldn't address popular outrage, not only at the economic problem, but at the way we had been manipulated in 2008.
If the 1992 election was "The Year of the Woman," then 2010 may well be dubbed the year of the Mama Grizzly. But a look at the nationwide results from the 2010 midterms show a much more complex picture.
Despite fiery campaign rhetoric, again and again Americans have spoken out in support for public investment in the structures at the core of our society and that lead to a sustainable and growing middle class.
The story of this election is not that Silicon Valley businessmen outspent the Texas oil men. It's that voters, educated and mobilized by the grassroots, fought back against an outrageous corporate power grab.
The message from this election cycle is clear. President Obama and the Democrats need a centrist jobs program and a clear, centrist commitment to limiting the power of corporate special interests in government.
There is an ironic coincidence of timing in the rise of the tea party and the absence of any blacks in the U.S. Senate. One of the tea party movement's major proposals calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment.
For the next two years Republicans will try to paint Obama as a big-government liberal out of touch with America, who's responsible for the continuing bad economy. Obama won't be able to win this argument by moving to the center.
After a historic 2010 election night, the results are in. The Republicans took control of the House and made significant gains in the Senate. Here, you can read the latest analysis from HuffPost bloggers and vote for the opinions you like best.
While a few women have dominated the airwaves this election -- some in grizzly gear, others armed with charts and graphs -- most of us are wondering what we can do to exponentially change the number of women in office.