Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

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Will a GOP Senate Be the Final Casualty of the Tea Party?

( Source ) If this new Public Policy Polling survey is any indication, Rep. Mike Castle -- longtime congressman and fixture of the Delaware GOP -- might be the latest Republican pol to lose his bid for his party's Senate nomination. Over the last month, Castle's popularity with Delaware Republicans has taken a sharp turn; in early August, 60 percent of Delaware Republicans had a favorable view of Castle. By now, Castle's favorability has dipped to 47 percent, while his negatives have risen to 43 percent. Fifty-five percent of Delaware Republicans think Castle is too liberal -- although he's voted with his GOP colleagues in the House 87.3 percent of the time in the 111th Congress -- and only 37 percent think he's "just right" for the party nomination. Who stands to gain from Castle's abrupt change in fortune? Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell , who has earned endorsements from Sarah Palin , Sen. Jim DeMint and the National Rifle Association, in addition to receiving buckets of...

Patterns in American History.

Andrew Sullivan has returned from his vacation to write a long -- and excellent -- blog post on the Obama administration's embrace of George W. Bush 's "blanket secrecy and protection of the national security apparatus from the rule of law." Here is the core of Sullivan's argument: The Bush executive is therefore now a part of the American system of government, a system that increasingly bears no resemblance to the constitutional limits allegedly placed upon it, and with a judiciary so co-opted by the executive it came up with this ruling yesterday. Obama, more than anyone, now bears responsibility for that. We had a chance to draw a line. We had a chance to do the right thing. But Obama has vigorously denied us the chance even for minimal accountability for war crimes that smell to heaven. Way back in the summer of 2008, when I was a college student with a poorly trafficked blog, I wrote this about the odds that a President Obama would relinquish any of the power accumulated by...

The Autobiographical President.

( Time.com ) Apparently, Mississippi governor -- and presidential contender -- Haley Barbour sees President Obama as a fundamentally mysterious and unquantified person: Barbour was asked by a reporter whether the Pew poll showed there was a coordinated misinformation campaign on the subject of religion by Oabama’s critics. "I don't know why people think what they think. This is a president that we know less about than any other president in history,” Barbour said. “But I have no idea why. I accept just totally at face value that he is a Christian. He said so throughout the time he has been in public life. That's good enough for me. Do I think there is a vast right-wing conspiracy? No ma'am." This is blindingly stupid. Taken alone, Obama's two autobiographical books -- Dreams from my Father and The Audacity of Hope -- contain a wealth of information about Obama's life, from childhood onward. Barbour claims that there isn't much "known about his time in college," but Obama devotes a...

Matt Bai and the Wonders of Google.

In his latest New York Times piece on President Obama 's unpopularity, Matt Bai continues to ignore the fact that there is an economy, and it isn't very good: In proposing an economic package this week that includes spending $50 billion on roads, rail lines and other projects, President Obama opened the fall election season by doing what he has done from the first days of his administration: arguing that, in effect, stimulating the economy today and reordering it for decades to come are basically the same thing. By consistently conflating short-term and long-term economic goals, the president and his Democratic Party may have missed an opportunity to explain the crucial difference between the two, and they have all but ensured that voters this fall will give them credit for neither. Later on, Bai elaborates on his claim that Obama failed to explain the distinctions between short-term and long-term economic goals. He writes that Obama missed a "teachable moment about the need for long-...

Why Did Obama Choose Health Care?

( White House ) At Climate Progress , Joe Romm wonders why Barack Obama prioritized health care over climate change, and calls the choice "a blunder of historic proportions." Kevin Drum comments with his take on the Obama administration's process for choosing health care over climate: I'm just guessing here, but I'd say that Obama probably prioritized healthcare for a couple of reasons. First, it seemed like a better political win. It promised goodies for voters, after all, whereas climate change legislation promised nothing except higher electricity bills. Second, I'll bet that after a few months in office his legislative folks concluded that a decent climate change bill could never pass the Senate. And I think they were right. My take on things is that even a half-ass climate bill tops out at 55 votes, and even that's only with a ton of arm twisting. Climate change never really had a chance. I co-sign on this, but let me add the following: health-care reform is the closest thing the...

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