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Why Taking on Blanche Lincoln Was the Right Call

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Let's not abandon our strategy just because we lost on the Halter drive. It will take several attempts before we will really start to send a message about what a new approach to politics means.

Friday Talking Points [110] -- Left Still Waiting For Rahm Apology

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to realize that they still have the biggest majority in both houses of Congress that they are likely to see in their lifetimes.

The Democrats Need to Find Some Spine and Pass This Bill

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The Republicans, in the days immediately after being "thumped" in the 1998 midterms, didn't freak out and reevaluate their agenda. They impeached the president. The Democrats must find their spines.

Halftime At The Healthcare Reform Superbowl

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A football locker room. Hundreds of Democrats are sitting on benches, to hear Coach's halftime pep talk in the Health Care Reform Superbowl. Some appear exhausted, some appear battered.

The Decisions That Must Be Made

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives are going to have to make a choice: do we give in on the public option but then use our leverage to demand the most progressive possible legislation on everything else in this bill, or do we say no to the whole bill?

Friday Talking Points [102] -- Harry Reid's Glacial Progress Grinds On

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Harry Reid thinks he's got enough votes, but then this is the reason why the vote keeps getting pushed back -- because he's obviously still scrambling for the final few votes before he moves ahead.

Harry Reid: 60 Votes Doesn't Mean Anything

New York Times | CARL HULSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"We have 60 votes on paper," Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, said Wednesday in an interview. "But we cannot bulldoze anybody; it doesn't work...