November 2010

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: The New Congress Comes to Town

Posted: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 6:23pm

Why are we surprised when campaign trail promises or high-minded mission statements collide with reality?

I was left to ponder just that this week when I went to the Library of Congress to have lunch with the chiefs of staff for incoming members of Congress – many of whom have never held any public office before.

Truth and Consequences: Or What Happens When The Election Ends

Posted: Thu, 11/11/2010 - 5:47pm

Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, a Republican, and former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, have been to this rodeo before. That’s why they waited one week and one day to drop their post-election bombshell.

By releasing a set of draft recommendations weeks ahead of an announced deadline, the co-chairmen of the President’s bipartisan deficit reduction commission delivered a sharp admonishment to everyone who ran toward and against Washington last week: put up or shut up.

The End of Prognostication: Five Answers from Election Night

Posted: Thu, 11/04/2010 - 4:59pm

Now that we can place the term “shellacking” right next to “thumpin' ” in the post-election political dictionary, let’s sort through the wreckage and victories from the midterm elections to answer the five questions I posed in this space last week.

Who voted?
Two years after President Obama was catapulted into office on the strength of an expanded electoral map that had turned dramatically blue, 29 million of his voters decided this time they would stay home.