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Political Observations

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Over the last four years various readers say they like the pieces I post from elsewhere.  Today all the newspapers are full of commentary.

Jim Lees long involved in reform efforts and WV Democratic politics writes  about an “election of ideas” saying the 2014 U. S. Senate contest offers that potential.  Read it here.

THE SUNDAY TAKE by columnist Dan Balz picked up on a paper “Persuasion Is Not Power” presented to the American Political Science Association the weekend before Obama said he would go to Congress before taking military action in Syria.  You will find the Balz piece “Obama, Syria and the limits persuasion” interesting and enjoy comparisons to Reagan, LBJ and FDR.  Read it here.

“To save the GOP, look to Bill Clinton” by Democrats William A. Galston and Elaine C. Kamarck goes back a quarter of century when their party was in a bad way.  Read it here.

“Bucking the RINO charge” by Dana Milbank offers a look at what is faced by some congressional Republicans in the Syria debate. Read it here.


Sunday, June 10th, 2012

It is a quiet day along the Tygart River.  I hope you are in a quiet spot.  Here is some Sunday reading.

Obama’s real opponent:  Europe 

By Dana Milbank (The Washington Post)

Some think that Ohio will decide the presidential election.  Others are watching Florida or North Carolina or Wisconsin.

But if you really want to know who will win the White House in November, you should ask the Europeans.  They aren’t eligible to vote, but they may well cast the deciding ballot – and for President Obama, it’s looking grim.  Read the full story here. 

With friends like these…

By Kathleen Parker (The Washington Post) 

For the past year, we’ve been relentlessly reminded that Republicans didn’t especially love their front-running president candidate.

Now it appears Obama is getting a taste of Romney’s stew.  Democrats seem to be inching away from their man, undermining and diminishing the president with a thousand ting cuts.  Not even his strongest alleged ally, Bill Clinton, can stay on message.  Of course, Clinton has never really been Obama’s friend, despite his assertions to the contrary.  Read the full story here. 

Sure, This isn’t ’08, but There May Be More at Stake This Campaign

By Richard W. Stevenson (Political Memo, The New York Times)

Washington – The current presidential campaign is producing very few goose bumps, except perhaps among those who get all tingly when they view billionaire-financed attack ads.  Read the full story here.

Poppy Chic

By Maureen Dowd (The New York Times)

I flew down to Houston last year to have lunch with George Herbert Walker Bush.

“Did you come because you think I’m going to die?” he asked me with a wry smile.  Read the full story here.



Political Observations…on Sunday

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Speaking With the Speaker

By Peggy Noonan

John Boehner talks about the need for Republican unity and why the House is in ill repute.  Read the full column here.

A not-so-favorite son of Pennsylvania

By Timothy McNulty (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Not a single major statewide Republican leader in Pennsylvania has endorsed him.  Read the full story here.

It’s Time to Believe:  Romney’s a Winner

By Dana Milbank (The Washington Post)

The reviews of Mitt Romney’s Super Tuesday performance were murderous.  But the question of who had the best Super Tuesday is a matter of fact, not opinion: Romney did.  Read the full column here.

“What Would Hillary Do?”

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

We have been in Washington the last few days.

All the talk there is that Obama has no idea why the election turned out as it did.  Washington veterans on Obama’s staff are taking a look at history to see what course to follow.  Pelosi’s decision to hang around is great for Republicans.  “The soon-to-be former speaker will….feed President Obama’s worst instincts” Karl Rove told The Washington Post.

When it comes to Republicans taking over the House everything seems in order to work on keeping their “Pledge to America”.  Senate Republicans will have an agenda to attract moderate Democrats interested in working to put America back on course.  No one believes the next two years will be easy.

Dana Milbank has a column this morning looking back at 2008.  His question is fascinating – “What would Hillary do?”

Obama Is No Bill Clinton

Friday, February 26th, 2010

When consideration of health care reform started we were told President Obama did not want to make the same mistake as former President Clinton.  You will recall the Clinton administration presented its own bill to Congress. 

President Obama turned the writing of health care legislation over to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid.  Well the nation saw what happens when the door is closed and the congressional barons write a piece of legislation.

After the health care reform fiasco of 2009 Obama decided to take charge, draft a bill and develop a strategy for passage.  His bill – an 11 page outline.  The strategy a – “guest house” summit.  The health care summit was best described by Dana Milbank as “Professor Obama’s Classroom”.

Where is Bill Clinton when we need him was my thought as I watched President Obama at the Blair House. 

Just after the election in December, 1992 former President Clinton held an economic summit.  President Obama should have spent his seven hours yesterday looking for economic development ideas instead of “beating a dead horse.”  Or reading Miss Manners.

President Clinton was known as a policy wonk, knowledgeable on most every subject.  He studied rather than sleep.  I went back to look at video from the l992 Little Rock summit.  I wanted to see how the President-elect conducted himself.

I can assure you he did not come across as “Mr. Know It All” and he did not show distain for his guests as was exhibited by President Obama at the Blair House summit.

After Members of Congress from both parties put forth a sincere effort it would seem the polite thing for President Obama to do was to say “thank you for your ideas, concerns and willingness to participate.”

Rather he ended on the lowest note of the day.  He told Republicans come around or we are going to proceed anyway.  That means using a reconciliation procedure to avoid a possible filibuster and pass a bill by a simple majority vote.   

President Obama may find he gets the same results as he received for his efforts in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.  That being a Republican Congress in 2011.