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Presidential Candidates Never Seem Presidential

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The prospective Republican field for 2012 is dismal. Then again, it always is.

Reconciliation, Health Care, and History

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Political scientists  Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein argues that, contrary to Republican claims,   the reconciliation process is neither illegitimate nor rare. Reconciliation was intended to be a narrow procedure to bring revenues and spending into conformity with the levels set in the annual budget resolution. But it quickly became much more. The 22 reconciliation bills […]

Obama the Superhero

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Taegan Goddard wonders whether it’s “time for Obama to get angry” with recalcitrant bankers and Senate opponents alike.  He cites Mark Murray‘s observation that “If there is one thing that both yesterday’s meeting with the bankers and today’s meeting with Senate Democrats have in common, it’s that they’re situations where some might argue that it’s […]

2 Million Protestor Myth

Brendan Nyhan does a good job of documenting the spread of an Internet meme, the “2 million” figure that briefly circulated among conservative blogs about the size of Saturday’s Tea Party protest.   What’s amusing, though, is that he himself [bases his post on a Media Matters analysis that] falls for the “the DC Fire Department […]

Unintended Consequences

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It is a truism that well-intentioned attempts by government to curb bad behavior often spawn unforeseen and perhaps worse behavior. A classic, recurring example of that is the now-35-year-old effort to curb the influence of campaign contributions on politics, which has spawned the use of PACs, 527 groups, and other insidious activities far more harmful […]

The Consensus Fallacy

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Thomas Friedman suggests that  what we need to get out of this financial mess is a little more BOGSATT: Which is why I wake up every morning hoping to read this story: “President Obama announced today that he had invited the country’s 20 leading bankers, 20 leading industrialists, 20 top market economists and the Democratic […]

House Republicans Move Right

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I’ve seen this diagram on several blogs now: The upshot is that the House Republican leadership for the next Congress will be more “conservative” on one scale than in this Congress, with Whip Roy Blunt and Conference Chairman Adam Putnum being replaced by Eric Cantor and Mike Pence — with the possibility that Minority Leader […]

Obama and Biden: Merely Very Liberal, Not Ultra Liberal

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Contra Fred Barnes and National Journal, Brendan Nyhan argues that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are not the 1st and 3rd most liberal Senators but only the 11th and 10th most liberal Senators.  By contrast, John McCain is either the 8th or 2nd most conservative Senator, depending on the year. Considering that twice as many […]