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Who’s the Boss?

May 23rd, 2012


This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

Will Mitt Romney or the Republicans in Congress define the Republican message this year? That’s a big problem for the Romney campaign. It’s beginning to look like congressional Republicans want to put Romney in office so he can sign off on the Tea Party agenda–their agenda, not his.

“We’re not a cheerleading squad,” a freshman House Republican told The New York Times. “We’re the conductor. We’re supposed to drive the train.”

No, they’re not. The party’s presidential candidate is supposed to drive the train. He’s the leader. Congressional Republicans are supposed to be the followers. And, yes, the cheerleading squad. If Romney can’t establish pre-eminence over his own party, how can he lead the country? Or the world? Read the rest of this entry »

To keep the 2010 midterms from repeating 1994, Democrats can learn from Reagan

September 20th, 2010


This piece was originally published in The Washington Post.

“We are going to lose the House and the Senate.”

Those were the opening words of a memo that I faxed to my then-boss, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), on Labor Day in 1994. Schumer was still in the House, I was his legislative director, and my prediction was based on one overarching idea: The Democratic Party had lost its way. Our national agenda had been hijacked by the parochial agendas of aggrieved special interest groups. And as a result, we were badly misfiring with the middle class.

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Rosner & Bennett: Public Backs Obama as a Wartime President

March 18th, 2010


This piece was originally published in Roll Call.

Even with Washington, D.C., consumed by fights over health care and jobs, President Barack Obama is still having to wage two real wars and the battle against an ongoing terrorist threat. A new poll says the public mostly approves how he is handling the security front.

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Party-Line Vote Will Produce Political Firestorm

March 5th, 2010


This piece was originally published in National Journal.

“The issue trumps the process.” That’s what Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., told The New York Times about health care reform. And that’s what Democrats have got to believe. There is no question that the process has been costly thus far. In January, an uninsured 18-year-old waitress in New Hampshire explained her opposition this way to a Times reporter: “If you have to bribe people to vote for it, it can’t be good.”

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