2012 Election

McCain, Maverick No More?

John McCain returned to the Senate in 2000 a virtual liberal: throwing bombs at his Republican leaders (and especially George W. Bush).

John McCain returned to the Senate in 2009 a virtual conservative: a model Republican and leading critic of President Obama – especially, these days, on the war in Afghanistan.

McCain’s …

ATTN: Sarah Palin

If you are out there somewhere reading the Congressional Budget Office’s preliminary analysis of the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill (and, really, aren’t we all?), I am sure you have already noticed an intriguing line-item under SUBTITLE I-MATERNAL, INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD VISITATION.

It says “Assisted Suicide.”

DWTS Week 3: Tom DeLay Watch

“What’s a little pain, when you can party?”

After voting for Tom DeLay in the first round of Dancing with the Stars, I must admit I haven’t been keeping up. But fortunately, Christina Bellantoni brings us up to speed. It turns out he has been dancing with not one but TWO stress fractures.

Will the Hammer get booted tonight? Even …

Castle for Senate

A few weeks ago I was on the phone with Stu Rothenberg, editor of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report, which tracks congressional races, who was remarking to me that of the five open seats Dems must defend next November – Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Colorado and Delaware – few looked truly in danger. Indeed, …

UPDATE: And Yet Another Republican For Obamacare

Who knew there were so many socialists in the Republican Party?

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement urging the passage of health care reform at the national level:

“As Governor, I have made significant efforts to advance health reform in California. As the Obama Administration was launching

More Republicans for Obamacare

Okay, maybe it’s not enough to call a groundswell. But after former Majority Leader Bill Frist told me last Friday that he would end up voting for the bill were he still in Congress (with some caveats about the shortcomings of the legislative language as it now stands), we’ve heard from some other GOP voices in support of the basic …

Bill Frist on Health Bill: I’d Vote For It

Or so the former Senate Republican Leader, a surgeon who has written a new book on health care, told me a few minutes ago in an interview.

Were he still in the Senate, “I would end up voting for it,” he said. “As leader, I would take heat for it. … That’s what leadership is all about.”

This is not to say that Frist is entirely …

Why God Invented C-SPAN: Grayson Edition

House Republicans have called upon Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to apologize for this characterization of their health plan on the House floor last night:

Sure enough, under threat of reprimand, Grayson returned to the House floor tonight. But I’m thinking this is not exactly what his critics had in mind:

Debating Afghanistan

If you haven’t already noticed on CSPAN2, the Senate has begun debate on the FY2010 Defense Appropriations bill. Typically, defense is the last of the 13 spending bills to be passed because it’s a must pass – ie, you can’t not update military funding in a time of war – and it often becomes a Christmas tree for all the pork that …

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