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Snookered: Budget deal only really cuts $14.7B

April 12, 2011


Grumbling has grown over the tiny nature of cuts reached in the recent deal to avoid a government shutdown. It’s sure to gain even more intensity after analysis shows that a lot of the cuts were accounting tricks and on programs that the President wanted to cut anyway. The upsetting bottom line – if you’re […]

Obama announces tax hike compromise

December 6, 2010


After much indignant foot-stomping by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and many other Congressional Democrats, President Obama went in the opposite direction and announced a compromise on the expiring Bush tax cuts by extending all rates for two years in exchange for a 13-month extension on unemployment benefits. Other concessions to the GOP include temporarily lowering the […]

GOP takes control of House with pickup of at least 60 seats

November 3, 2010


In the largest wave since 1948, Republicans successfully flipped at least 60 Democratic Congressional seats to coast to a healthy majority in the House of Representatives. Several races are still up in the air at this late hour, but Republicans more than surpassed the 39 seats they needed to assume control. John Boehner of Ohio […]

Kasich squeaks out victory as OH turns red

November 3, 2010


It was a close victory, but John Kasich has edged out incumbent Ted Strickland in the battle for Ohio’s governorship. This was a closely watched race in a swing state and bellwether indicator of political shifts. I thought that Kasich would pull this out, but the race had tightened so considerably in the last week […]

With Manchin win, GOP Senate control looking out of reach

November 2, 2010


Projections have now awarded victory to popular West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, defeating Republican hopeful John Raese, keeping the seat in Democratic hands as the successor to Robert Byrd. Manchin had initially seemed like a safe bet for Democrats, with a 60% or so approval rating in the state – but Obama enjoys strongly negative […]

Plouffe plays the expectation game

October 11, 2010


After first claiming that Democrats were beginning to make a comeback and could be expected to fare better on November 2nd, it seems that the new strategy is to hype up massive and unrealistic GOP gains with the goal of ridiculing the failure to achieve that level as somehow a massive repudiation. President Obama’s 2008 […]

O’Donnell wins in DE and everyone freaks out

September 15, 2010


Anyone that follows politics even in the slightest has likely read and heard much in the last few weeks regarding the hotly contested Republican primary in Delaware between establishment candidate Mike Castle and Tea Party upstart Christine O’Donnell. In a blue state that sent VP Biden to the Senate, most people figured that moderate Castle […]