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PostPartisan: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

The Mass. Senate race: a smart view from the ground

The problem when elections get nationalized is that everyone -- particularly those of us in Washington -- starts seeing a race’s large implications without remembering that elections are about people, including candidates themselves, and local conditions. Lord knows that...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 16, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Colby King is unfair to Peter Orszag

Colby King derides budget director Peter Orszag as “the absentee daddy of a love child” and says he has a hard time “squaring Orszag's behavior with his boss's views on family and the duties of fatherhood.” Perhaps I can...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 16, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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What the Massachusetts Senate race is really about

I was never a real fan of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Perhaps it was because -- having felt the loss of his brothers, Jack and Bobby -- I didn’t want to warm up to another Kennedy. No doubt...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | January 15, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Keepers of the dream

One of Rev. Martin Luther King's most enduring orations is the "I Have a Dream" speech delivered at the 1963 March on Washington. His inspirational words moved a nation. In this video, my Post colleagues Gene Robinson, Sally Quinn,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 15, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Massachusetts Senate: why Obama's going

Two days ago, I suggested that the national focus on the Massachusetts Senate race would ultimately help Democrat Martha Coakley overcome Republican Scott Brown’s surge. The possibility that Brown had a chance of winning would wake up unexcited Democrats....

By E.J. Dionne  | January 15, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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That 'partisan' Tim Kaine

By Lee Hockstader Here’s a pop quiz for the pundits and lawmakers who can’t help but bash Tim Kaine on his way out of the governor’s office in Virginia for his alleged paucity of achievements. Quick: Name one piece of...

By Lee Hockstader  | January 15, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Just deserts for Massachusetts Democrats?

A new poll from Suffolk University and the decision by two noted pollsters to declare the race a toss-up provide more evidence that voters in the Bay State could do the unthinkable next Tuesday: fill the senate seat held...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 15, 2010; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Be afraid, Virginia Democrats

By Lee Hockstader Virginia Democrats are spinning their win in a special election to fill a vacant state senate seat in Fairfax County this week as a great victory, one that will stanch the recent surge of Republican victories. They...

By Lee Hockstader  | January 14, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Is Obama in trouble?

No one in the White House is celebrating over the latest polls. President Obama’s job approval rating has dipped below 50 percent in a flurry of recent surveys. Rasmussen has him at 46 percent; Quinnipiac at 45; in Gallup...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 14, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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No cameras in Prop 8 trial

By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has barred broadcast of the federal court challenge to Proposition 8, the California referendum that nullified same-sex marriage in the state. I'm deeply saddened to say that I think the court...

By Eva Rodriguez  | January 13, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Harold Ford's hit -- and several misses

The statement issued this morning by Harold Ford Jr. about the catastrophe in Haiti was befitting a public servant. He expressed his condolences and urged his fellow New Yorkers to extend a hand to people in need, many of...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 13, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Will the U.S. accept Haitian earthquake refugees?

Jonathan Capehart argues that the catastrophe that's befallen Haiti should lead to a reexamination of the United States's "wet foot, dry foot" double standard governing refugees from Haiti and Cuba....

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 13, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Following the earthquake in Haiti on Twitter

President Obama was surely right when he said there are “difficult hours and days ahead as we learn the scope of the tragedy” in devastated Port-au-Prince. There is so much that we haven’t yet been able to see. What...

By Eugene Robinson  | January 13, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Arlen Specter says Dawn Johnsen may be competent after all

Maybe miracles do happen. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania told Talking Points Memo that he now feels comfortable casting his vote to confirm Dawn Johnsen, President Obama's controversial nominee to head the influential Office of Legal Counsel at the...

By Eva Rodriguez  | January 13, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What Haiti's presidential palace means

By Lee Hockstader Among the appalling, heart-breaking images of ruin and carnage emerging today from the earthquake in Haiti, few will be as shocking to Haitians as the partially collapsed presidential palace. Standing in the heart of downtown Port-au-Prince, the...

By Lee Hockstader  | January 13, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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In Massachusetts, Scott Brown was better off on his own

Here's the paradox of the Massachusetts Senate race that everyone is now watching: Republican Scott Brown was doing an excellent job without the national attention. The fact that the race has been nationalized may be the best thing that...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 13, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Let Harold Ford run

It's times like these I wish I were back slurping eggs for breakfast at the Regency in Manhattan. I'm sure the home of the power breakfast was abuzz this morning over Harold Ford's op-ed on page 5 of the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 12, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Judge jumped the gun in allowing broadcast of same-sex marriage case

If I were a legislator, I'd vote to legalize same-sex marriage. And if it were up to me, I'd allow cameras in federal courts. So why am I having trouble with a federal judge’s decision to allow YouTube broadcasts...

By Eva Rodriguez  | January 11, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Sarah Palin gets in the game

In one of the hilarious "Saturday Night Live" send-ups of Sarah Palin, Tina Fey -- playing the then-vice presidential candidate -- says, "If I'm not going to the White House I'm either running in four years or I'm going...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 11, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Rod Blagojevich, Harry Reid and shades of blackness

Leave it to disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to give me an opportunity to add something new to the nonsense surrounding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that goes beyond the terrific pieces by Colbert King and Ruth...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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The mysteries of Massachusetts polling

Democrats love the results of the latest Boston Globe/ University of New Hampshire poll showing their Senate nominee in Massachusetts, Martha Coakley, up by 15 points. But Republicans are rooting that Public Policy Polling (PPP) has it right: Its...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 11, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Harry Reid could use a lesson in 'Negro dialect'

When Harry Reid said Barack Obama didn’t speak with a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one," Reid wasn't being politically incorrect. He was being stupid. The Senate majority leader didn't know what he was talking about. Certain...

By Colbert King  | January 10, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (199)
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Harry Reid's ill-advised, accurate, analysis

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acted like an idiot. Also, he was right. It’s a measure of the suffocating culture of political correctness that it feels risky to say that. It’s a measure of the insulting how-dumb-do-they-think-we-are culture of...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 10, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (213)
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Fire Michael Steele

Beleaguered Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele issued a challenge to his critics this week: "I've had enough of it,” he said on ABC News Radio. “If you don't want me in the job, fire me. But until then,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 10, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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