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PostPartisan: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

How the Democrats may solve their health-care problem

There is no question that Democrats have looked weak in responding to the Massachusetts election. The notion that they would just shelve health care after all they have put into it -- the message they have gotten across, even...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 22, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Memo to politicians: Give the people what they want

Since Massachusetts sent a message to the nation by electing Republican Scott Brown to the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) for 46 years, there's been plenty of advice out there for what the Democrats and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 22, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Citizens ruling: an intellectually dishonest power grab

In opening the floodgates for corporate money in election campaigns, the Supreme Court did not simply engage in a brazen power grab. It did so in an opinion stunning in its intellectual dishonesty. Many of those commenting on the...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 22, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Scott Brown's Paul Wellstone strategy

I knew it was deja vu all over again when I kept hearing the story, which has taken on the patina of legend, about how Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown traveled all over the Bay State in a green pick-up...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 22, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Grading John Edwards's apology

Last week I graded 2010’s most prominent apologies. Sadly, John Edwards waited until yesterday to admit he is the father of a two year-old daughter with former (we think) mistress Rielle Hunter, and issue his long-overdue apology. So here...

By Kevin Huffman  | January 22, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Sen. Murkowski's CLEAR option on carbon regulation

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and 35 other senators yesterday introduced a bill that would strip the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon. I understand their concerns about the impact EPA action would have on the economy. But pulling the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 22, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Reply to George Will (and a note on Justice Roberts)

I am pleased that George Will acknowledges that the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday on corporate campaign money is “radical” -- even if he pulls back from the full implications of that bracing word by later adding that it is...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 22, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Conservative Supremes: superheroes of hypocrisy

Rumor has it that a major studio plans to make a movie based on Stretch Armstrong, the 1970s action figure whose limbs could be grotesquely elongated to enable super-human feats. If the project is still alive, producers should consider...

By Eva Rodriguez  | January 21, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Obama, Scott Brown and basketball

My modest proposal for President Obama to strike a dual blow for bipartisanship and transparency: Accept Sen.-elect Scott Brown’s challenge to a two-on-two basketball game. (Brown said he’d bring his college basketball champion daughter, Ayla.) Then, invite in the...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 21, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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More on self-absorbed John Edwards

I concur with everything Ruth Marcus said about the unbelievably self-absorbed John Edwards. Just let me add to her list of things Quinn Hunter might understand when she's older. Such as how her father's narcissism led him not only...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 21, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Edwards is a 'truly sorry' human being

At 7:54 a.m. today, my Blackberry shuddered with notice of breaking news. “Former Sen. John Edwards admits that he fathered a baby with his mistress, something he earlier denied,” reported CNN. Edwards's statement -- “I am Quinn’s father ”...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | January 21, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Scott Brown breaks the centerfold ceiling

By Rachel Manteuffel Everybody is talking about the importance of Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, and everybody is missing the real story. Scott Brown, current symbol of everything, has busted the centerfold ceiling. Long-forgotten naked pictures have surfaced nearly 30...

By Rachel Manteuffel  | January 21, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Bob McDonnell takes the high road. And Obama...?

By Lee Hockstader Bob McDonnell, the newly installed Republican governor of Virginia, took pains in his winning campaign to praise President Obama's education policies. That bow to bipartisanship, amid a generally positive and disciplined campaign, went over well with Virginia’s...

By Lee Hockstader  | January 21, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Supreme court allows corporate takeover of politics

The Supreme Court's 5-to-4 ruling today to open our political system to unlimited sums of corporate money is a reckless and dangerous piece of judicial activism. As I note over at the discussion site E.J.’s Precinct -- click here...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 21, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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The Supreme Court's radical defense of political speech

For almost four decades now, what has been done in the name of “campaign finance reform” has constituted the most dangerous assault on freedom of speech since the Alien and Sedition Acts. This is because the government, by regulating...

By George Will  | January 21, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (304)
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John Edwards's continuing, self-serving smarminess

"I am Quinn's father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 21, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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What Obama needs to say in the State of the Union

Next Wednesday's State of the Union address couldn't come at a better time. President Obama will report, as required by the constitution, on the country's condition, and he will, as expected, outline his administration's agenda for the coming year....

By Colbert King  | January 20, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Why it's so hard to pass health-care reform

Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts could be the end of the road for comprehensive health care legislation. If so, it would give a whole new meaning to President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress last Sept. 9,...

By Charles Lane  | January 20, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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The Salahis head for the Hill

"This was not a hearing looking for information. This was an opportunity for a public flogging." -Stephen Best, attorney for Tareq and Michaela Salahi. Actually, the House Homeland Security Committee's hearing today on the Salahis' crashing of the Nov....

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 20, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Declaration of Independents

The collision of a landmark special election in Massachusetts and the first anniversary of the Obama administration has produced an interesting conversation among opinion makers and strategists about what the administration got wrong -- and what it and Democrats...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 20, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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How Massachusetts was won

The best prediction on Massachusetts' Senate race came from my source in the state who said earlier today that the contest looked like Republican Mitt Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial victory over Democrat Shannon O’Brien. Yes, it did. Romney won by...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 19, 2010; 11:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Why Massachusetts' Senate race matters

So, a Republican has convincingly won Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat. After opposing health reform. And supporting the waterboarding of terrorists. And appearing as a nude centerfold. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by three to one. And...

By Michael Gerson  | January 19, 2010; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Not a time for gloating

This is not a time for gloating, but for regrouping. The voters of Massachusetts have made clear their preference for a more tempered approach to health-care reform, as well as government in general. Scott Brown's rather amazing ascent to...

By Kathleen Parker  | January 19, 2010; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Massachusetts is the canary in the Democrats' coal mine

"Is this the beginning of the end????" That was the e-mail I just received from Giuseppe, a die-hard supporter of President Obama's since 2007 who also happens to be my ex. His question isn't unreasonable. State Sen.-turned-U.S.-Sen.-elect Scott Brown...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 19, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Scott Brown beats Martha Coakley -- and life goes on

Well, that was quick. I thought the Apocalypse would be, you know, more of a blockbuster production, with a lot of explosions and computer-generated effects. Instead, just a phone call of concession -- offstage, no less -- from Martha...

By Eugene Robinson  | January 19, 2010; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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Democrats: stop blaming each other -- you're all guilty

There is one thing worse than losing an election. It’s losing your dignity, your credibility and your sense of responsibility. Long before Republican Scott Brown was declared the victor in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate special election, Democrats turned on each...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 19, 2010; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (276)
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The Obamas' symbolic year

Comedian, actor and activist Bill Cosby and I shared a train car from New York to Washington yesterday. No, we didn't talk or anything. He slept most of the way. But seeing him reminded me of what he symbolized...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 19, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Bipartisan mourning for Robert B. Parker

While the nation’s eyes focused on Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate race today, a very sad piece of news came in from Boston: Robert B. Parker -- who created Spenser, the existential detective -- died at the age of 77. I...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 19, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Massachusetts, Obama and the Young Victoria

Queen Victoria had just gotten married, and the crowd outside her palace couldn’t have been happier. But the cheering, as captured in the movie “The Young Victoria,” puzzled at least one observer who couldn’t help noting that it wasn’t...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | January 19, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Precriminations in Massachusetts Senate race

Washington conventional wisdom is so thick that you can usually feel it. On this gray morning, the overwhelming consensus of the punditocracy and the political class is that Republican Scott Brown will defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts today,...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 19, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Good and bad poll numbers for Obama

Joe Scarborough and I were talking about the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll on "Morning Joe" today when he raised a very good point. President Obama's job approval rating is 53 percent, which is the vote he received on...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 18, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Martha Coakley and a Massachusetts miracle

The looming prospect of a Democratic loss in the Massachusetts Senate race has me thinking of Sully Sullenberger, Macbeth and Benjamin Franklin, in that order. If the Democratic party were a plane, its captain would have gotten on the...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 18, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Bin Laden is just a Google search away

I’m not sure why critics say that the government isn’t serious about the war on terror. We are spending $128 billion this year in Iraq and Afghanistan in a proactive effort to fight them over there so we don’t...

By Kevin Huffman  | January 18, 2010; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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President Obama and Dr. King's dream

During the 1963 March on Washington, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 18, 2010; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Massachusetts' love/hate relationship with Democrats

At the risk of flacking for the Boston Globe – a newspaper, I confess, that I dearly love, and not just for its Red Sox coverage – I’d like to share one other insight from a Globe columnist. This...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 17, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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