Gwen's Take

Gwen’s Take: The Art of the Kicked Can

Posted: November 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

The coin of the realm in Washington, D.C. is delay.

Can’t agree on whether to raise the debt ceiling? Put it off. Unable to pass a budget to keep the government open? Put a patch on it. Impossible to stop the bleeding from a botched health care rollout? Reach for gauze and a big fat bandage.

In the nation’s capital, where no one seems able to agree on anything, delay has come to be the basis of governing.

Gwen's Take: A Tale of Two Missed Connections

Posted: November 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm

When Vice President Joe Biden called the wrong Marty Walsh the other night to congratulate him on winning the Boston mayor’s race, he was not the only politician struggling with mixed signals that night.

Biden could be forgiven for the misdial. There was clearly bad staff work at play here. (Plus, if I had a dime for every “Marty Walsh” living in Boston, I could probably afford to invest in Twitter.)

Gwen’s Take | Mitch McConnell: Reading Between the Lines

Posted: October 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Gwen Ifill interviewed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday for the PBS Newshour [Photo: PBS Newshour]

America, apparently, hates everything it knows about Washington. Democrats detest Republicans. Republicans deride Democrats. Everyone else dismisses the whole thing.

Gwen's Take: “Glitches” Then and Now

Posted: October 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm

OK, boys and girls. It's time for another fun trip in the way-way-back-machine.

You will remember that just a few weeks ago, I took you back to a 1995 Washington Week discussion about government shutdowns that sounded awfully, awfully familiar.

“The whole idea of compromise has become so devalued in this city,” reporter Steve Roberts said. “And you have people on both sides of the aisle saying compromise is the equivalent of selling out, or caving in or betraying.”

Gwen’s Take: The Breaking Point

Posted: October 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Is Washington broken?

I was traveling last week, and everywhere I went, that question was greeted, understandably, with laughter.

I tried to defend democracy and the role of government in our lives. I really did. But Washington wasn’t helping.

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