Quick Takes

By Dan Froomkin
12:29 PM ET, 02/19/2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells Tim Dickinson of Rolling Stone that she supports the formation of a commission to investigate Bush administration misdeeds and can even foresee a scenario in which senior members of the Bush administration are prosecuted. "I think so," Pelosi says. "The American people deserve answers."

Karl Rove writes in his Wall Street Journal opinion column that Team Obama's "fast start can't overcome a growing sense the administration is winging it on issues large and small."

David S. Broder writes in his Washington Post opinion column that the stimulus bill was "a success for bipartisanship, not a failure." And he concludes that for Obama to end his efforts at bipartisanship "out of frustration with what happened on the stimulus bill would be insane. If the political wise guys can't see that, let's hope the president can."

Margaret Carlson writes in her Bloomberg opinion column, "Yes, we want policy-making to be civil. When possible, we want it to be consensual. Yet bipartisanship as an overriding goal allows the policies chosen by voters to be thwarted by mere obstructionists. So now, gerrymandered House Republicans with nothing to worry about but a primary from the right can thumb their nose not only at a president but at the voters who rejected them. Obama wants the economy to revive and the Republicans to be agreeable. Perhaps he should shoot for one miracle at a time."

Joan Walsh writes in Salon that the worrisome revelations about the way the Obama administration may continue Bush policies on detaining and treating terror suspects described by Charlie Savage in the New York Times yesterday remain "in the realm of maybe."

Krissah Thompson blogs for The Washington Post: "As President Obama has traveled the country talking up his plans to boost the economy, he's also made a point of reaching out to two constituencies that rallied behind his candidacy, calling in to radio programs popular with Latinos and African Americans." Obama spoke with Warren Ballentine yesterday, and he called the widely syndicated Spanish-language program "Piolin por la Manana" on Tuesday. Here's the transcript of the Piolin interview.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in an article for BBC News, warns Obama of the risk of squandering the goodwill his election has generated. "It would be wonderful if, on behalf of the nation, Obama apologises to the world, and especially the Iraqis, for an invasion that I believe has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster," Tutu writes.

Potentially putting to rest at least one conservative conspiracy theory, FoxNews.com reports, "President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine, a spokesman told FOXNews.com Wednesday."

Jeff Zeleny writes in the New York Times: "A trend is emerging in President Obama’s out-of-the-gate travel itinerary: Top billing has been given to states that turned from red to blue in the fall."

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