Posts Tagged ‘Dan Balz’

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.

Election 2012

Monday, November 7th, 2011

In case you are not one of phillipsbillboard readers following the presidential campaign, you may find The Washington Post articles below a good update.  The election is only 364 days but seems in full swing. 

A year from Election 2012, a dark mood awaits Obama and GOP rival

By Dan Balz, Jon Cohen & Chris Cillizza (The Washington Post)

One year out from the 2012 election, President Obama faces the most difficult reelection environment of any White House incumbent in two decades, with economic woes at the center of the public’s concerns, an electorate that is deeply pessimistic and sharply polarized, and growing questions about the president’s capacity to lead.  Read the full story here.

Romney still seen as most electable, poll shows

By Jon Cohen & Dan Balz (The Washington Post)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has a significant advantage over his rivals for the Republican president nomination in only one area – electability – and will approach the next round of candidate debates with several potential liabilities, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  Read the full story here.

Political News

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Obama loses bin Laden bounce; Romney on the move among GOP contenders

By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen (The Washington Post)

The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans’ disapproval of how he is handling the nation’s economy and the deficit has reached new highs, according to a new Washington Post – ABC News Poll.  Read the full story here.

Obama IS Looking In The Wrong Place

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

THE SUNDAY TAKE by Dan Balz is a Sunday read for me.  The Washington Post columnist focused today on Obama keeping his eye on independent voters.  Obama should be keeping his eye on job creation and foreign affairs not the 2012 election.

A Republican Lesson for 2012

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

(This post was delayed due to Internet difficulties)

President Obama has created a bright future for Republicans.  He has not delivered on his promises, his management style turns out to be one of vacillation and his policies have created a polarized nation.

The outlook for the midterm election in November is promising for Republicans.  Independent voters are moving back to the center, senior citizens are no longer comfortable with Democrats and first voters abandon Obama’s candidates in 2009.

The real test will come in 2012.  As the Republican Party and its potential candidates contemplate their 2012 strategy and message there may be model to study.  WP columnist Dan Balz wrote about it recently.