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How Grover Norquist makes the case for tax increases

In our interview yesterday, Grover Norquist argued that Republicans shouldn’t strike deficit deals with Democrats because the spending cuts never stick but the tax increases always do. I don’t really buy it, but looking at Naftali Bendavid’s description of the deal being developed in the Senate makes me a bit more sympathetic.

By Ezra Klein  | March 10, 2011; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Congress, Democrats, Economy, Republicans  
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Should Democrats adopt a small-tent strategy?

When I heard that Ari Berman's book on the Democratic Party would come out quite awhile after the 2008 election, I felt bad for him: By that time, I figured, there wouldn't be particularly large intra-Democratic arguments. I was...

By Ezra Klein  | October 26, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Democrats  
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Joe Manchin and the liberal brand

This post by Jonathan Chait is, somewhat inadvertently, an interesting commentary on the upsides and downsides of maintaining a strong party brand. Chait is looking at the West Virginia Senate race, where the Democratic nominee is Joe Manchin, the...

By Ezra Klein  | October 13, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 Midterms, Democrats  
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Democrats don't know how much they've gotten done

Only a third of Democrats agree that the 111th Congress accomplished more than the average Congress? Sheesh. At this rate, they'll have to blow up the moon before the base admits they're getting more done than usual. That said,...

By Ezra Klein  | October 6, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Democrats  
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The Senate Democrats' disappointing final act

In the few days remaining before the Senate recesses for the election, the Democrats have decided to pull off a bad policy twofer: They'll fight for one policy that doesn't make sense, and in doing, make success less likely...

By Ezra Klein  | September 27, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Democrats, Taxes  
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Democrats turn to meaningless word games

Greg Sargent reports that House Democrats want to rebrand the extension of Bush's middle-class tax cuts as "the Obama tax cuts for the middle class." Sigh. Whether you think this is a good idea, a bad idea or a totally...

By Ezra Klein  | September 14, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Democrats  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Are policy concessions worth it?, Washington Post editor , April 1, 2010
Do Democrats have a plan?, Ezra Klein , February 15, 2010
Demoralized Democrats, Ezra Klein , January 20, 2010
Viva La Congress?, Ezra Klein , September 25, 2009
More on the Deficit Double-Standard, Ezra Klein , September 4, 2009
Can You Beat Centrists at Their Own Game?, Ezra Klein , September 3, 2009
 
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