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The Republican Demolition Derby

February 21st, 2012

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The 2012 election has crossed a barrier. In the latest CNN poll, 40 percent of Americans say things are going well in the country. Is that good? After all, 60 percent still say things are going badly.

For the Democrats, it is good.

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Politics 101: What would Clinton do?

December 14th, 2010

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Elvis was back in the building.

Bill Clinton appeared in the White House press room Friday afternoon to pull President Barack Obama’s fat out of the fire. If Obama had met with Clinton a week earlier, he might have avoided a political disaster.

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The Danger Of Compromise On Health Care

February 20th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in National Journal.

Republicans know one big thing about health care reform: Helping to derail President Clinton’s reform plan in 1994 did wonders for them politically.

Actually, they know another big thing as well: For the past year, they have resisted President Obama’s health care reform plan, and once again things seem to be working out well for them politically. The evidence is the outcome of the statewide elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. So what if Democrats call Republicans the “Party of No”? “No” seems to be what voters want to hear.

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Bracing for Victory

December 20th, 2009

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Originally published in Politico

Advice to Democrats: brace yourselves for victory. Because if Congress passes health care reform, Democrats better be prepared to defend it.

“Our Democratic friends are about to walk off a political cliff here,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned during the Senate debate this week. “Do we really want to change one sixth of the economy without a single Republican vote?”

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