Politics

Why Is President Obama the Only One Not Trying to Make the Public Afraid?

Republicans and even some Democrats are telling us to get our fear on. But the president, who might have things to gain from it, isn't joining in.

Just How Big a Threat to the U.S. Is ISIL?

The answer may not be so simple, and now's the time to ask the question.

The Power of Images, Real and Assumed

A story is being written in which America's next war is beginning because of a pair of pictures. How true is it?

Quotes of the Day: On Obama's 'Deep Belief'

Some surprising congressional candor, and a George W. Bush aide explaining Barack Obama's soul.

No, Democrats Can't Win Back the House -- At Least Not Just Yet

Republicans have a built-in advantage, but it's one with an expiration date.

Doomed Jeb Bush Presidential Campaign Moves Closer to Reality

Somebody is going to have to build a bridge between the Tea Partiers and the establishment, but Jeb isn't that man.

Mitt Romney, the Charles Atlas of International Relations

In a comically ridiculous op-ed, the failed presidential candidate explains why the largest military on earth is actually a scrawny loser getting sand kicked in its face.

The Republican Quasi-Isolationists Change Their Tune

It's not hard to figure out why: If Barack Obama doesn't want war, then that's what they have to favor.

In Horrible Gaffe, Scott Brown Straightforwardly Explains Conservative Philosophy

Why Republicans have trouble offering people immediate help.

The Limitations of Barack Obama's Rhetorical Repertoire

For better or worse, there are some emotions, like anger and fear, that he doesn't channel well. 

Don't Blame Eric Cantor For His New Gig

There's a good reason most members of Congress don't return home when their service is over.

The Stupidity of Hating Your Senator for Living Where You've Sent Her to Work

Should we really get mad if our representatives spend too much time in Washington, where they're supposed to be doing their jobs?

Is Elizabeth Warren Just an Ordinary Politician?

With some comments on Israel, she'll disappoint many liberals. But it probably would have happened eventually.

The Difference Between Accuracy and Fairness In Campaign Ads

The average negative ad is quite accurate, and also quite unfair. And there's nothing we can do about it.

The Silver Lining for Democrats if They Lose the Senate in 2014

Yes, it'll make for a miserable two years. But just look at what 2016 will be like.

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