I would imagine all of this Democratic in-fighting comes as a big surprise to most Washington Post readers, who know Illinois mainly as a state so blue that presidential candidates don't bother campaigning here.
The GOP forced flexibility act is part of a list of proposals House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) calls "Making Life Work." That's right, Republicans intend to make life nothing but work. No eight hours for sleep. No eight hours for anything you will. Just work, Gumby, just work.
For Democrats this is too good to be true. While Republicans continue to try to smear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, she long ago accepted her share of responsibility, and her popularity continues to tower above all national figures in American public life.
Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson is half a good movie. When it focuses on the quirks and manipulations of international events, it crackles and pops -- and when it turns its attention to the soap-operatic romance, it settles into a dull hum.
When the plutocrats and their minions abuse the average citizen, it is called "oppression." When the oppressed presumed to assert their rights as citizens, the Republicans call it "class warfare." We call it justice ... or, the American way. No feints in that.
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney foolishly revived the dust-up about his income tax secrecy last week. He claimed he paid at least 13 percent, an assertion easy enough for him to prove by releasing his tax documents. But he's refusing to do that.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has been an excellent and indefatigable Secretary of State during the Obama administration. How many miles has she traveled and to how many nations? How about rewarding her hard work with the vice presidential spot on the Democratic ticket?
Having failed to change public perception that we are on the wrong track, if the best President Obama can do is blame his predecessor and make excuses, he is in far greater trouble than the U.S. economy.