November 20, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN almost two weeks since their stinging defeat in midterm elections, but Democrats are still licking their wounds and trying to figure out where they went wrong. They don't have much time to extract the right lessons: The 2016 presidential campaign will begin in earnest any minute now. So, I consulted two Democratic sages, each of whom played a central role in electing the last two Democratic presidents: David Axelrod, who worked for Barack Obama in 2008, and James Carville, who worked for Bill Clinton in 1992.
September 9, 2012
Patterns of GOP obstructionism In his acceptance speech at the GOP convention, Mitt Romney said, "But this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office. " Actually, he can. Because, overall, we are. Not that there isn't a long way to go. But what can't be said is that we are better off today than two years ago. From a steady ascent from the ashes of the aftermath of the previous administration, through the efforts and leadership of the most productive Congress in recent history, things stalled after the midterm elections.
April 21, 2012 |
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner accepted a high honor from the Union League on Friday night - and, no, he didn't cry. The often tearful Ohio Republican received the Philadelphia institution's Lincoln Award, presented to people of distinction who, through their actions, have significantly contributed to the United States. He entered and left to a standing ovation from about 180 people, and in between delivered 10 minutes of remarks in which he comically described his early upbringing, criticized federal government spending, and complimented the league for its work in preserving history and expanding patriotism.
January 28, 2012 |
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - President Obama rallied House Democrats for an election-year fight, urging them to work with Republicans if they show some willingness to put politics aside but telling the rank and file to call them out if they stand in the way. Addressing Democrats on the final day of their three-day annual retreat, Obama outlined the political stakes over the next few months as congressional Democrats try to push his agenda in the face of...
July 19, 2011 |
Democrat Manan Trivedi, a Reading physician and an Iraq war veteran, said Monday that he would seek a rematch next year with Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach for Pennsylvania's Sixth District seat. In the 2010 midterm elections, Gerlach beat Trivedi by more than 33,000 votes. Democrats hope that dissatisfaction with congressional Republicans in Washington and the higher turnout levels of a presidential election year will lead to a different result in 2012. "I think there's a lot of buyer's remorse out there," Trivedi, 37, said in an interview.
November 4, 2010 |
YESTERDAY'S news was all about Tuesday's midterm elections, but now that the boring stuff is over, let's turn our focus to what really matters on this page: celebrities. The Famous inundated us Joe(anne) Sixpacks with pleas to get out the vote, but Fox News reports that few put their money where their mouths were. Paparazzi were stationed at polling places all over Los Angeles, but the only celebs caught doing their civic duty were soon-to-be former Guv Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jennifer Garner . The hypocritical behavior could easily be chalked up to absentee ballots, but Fox quoted Angie Meyer , communications director of the Young Republicans, who said that many outspoken celebrities aren't even registered.
November 3, 2010 |
Never before in the history of our nation have so many politicians, to say nothing of anonymous special interest groups, spent so much during midterm elections - $4 billion, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics - to preach fiscal conservatism, smaller government, and a return to leaner times. This campaign season was about money, big money and secret money, thanks to the Supreme Court's January decision in the Citizens United case, as well as an angry electorate and candidates offering hollow bromides and unspecific campaign promises.
October 30, 2010 |
Aurelia Robbins, 42, said she's already riled up ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections. The South Philadelphia resident strutted home from one of several rallies hosted in her neighborhood this month, "Onorato for Governor" sign in hand, optimistic about her candidate's chance, even though he's trailed his GOP opponent, Attorney General Tom Corbett, in the polls all fall, including by double digits this week. "If they keep doing what they're doing in the black neighborhoods, these people are going to support them at the polls," Robbins said.
October 11, 2010 |
President Obama urged thousands of people at a rally in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood Sunday to look past their frustration with "the pace of change" and turn out Nov. 2 to vote for Democrats in the midterm elections to keep progress alive. "The other side has decided to ride that anger and frustration without offering solutions," Obama said. "Pundits in Washington say it's a smart strategy. I think the pundits are wrong. You care too much about this country to let it fall backwards.