Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman is a contributing editor for the Prospect and the author of Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.

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The Myth of the Center

Everyone is obsessed about Obama moving to the center. Too bad it doesn't mean anything anymore.

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Even before President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address last week, the press narrative was clear: Obama would be "moving to the center," a voyage that would anger his Democratic supporters, be dismissed as inadequate by his Republican opponents, but would probably help him with independent voters.

The Good Old Days.

Over at FrumForum, the pseudonymous Richmond Ramsey gives an interesting discussion of Fox Geezer Syndrome. Apparently, his parents have lately gone nuts on the subject of politics; as his father explained about his mother, "She’s been like that ever since she started watching Glenn Beck.":

Back home, I mentioned to a friend over beers how much Fox my mom and dad watched, and how angry they now were about politics.

"Yours too?!" he said. "I've noticed the same thing with mine. They weren't always like this, but since they retired, they've gotten into Fox, and you can't even talk to them anymore without hearing them read the riot act about Obama."

The Connected World.

If you're over the age of 30 or so, there was probably a time when you thought the idea of getting a cell phone was kind of silly. I remember saying, "I'm not a doctor, or a drug dealer, so what would I need one of those things for?" Then more and more people started to get them, and for a while I still thought it was kind of ridiculous. The breaking point came when I had to pick my better half up at the airport and we couldn't find each other. "Enough is enough," I said, and we got cell phones soon after.

And a few years later, it's the idea of leaving the house without your phone that seems ridiculous:

Republicans, Democrats, and Transparency.

Is this good news or bad news?

The new Republican chairman of the House oversight committee is demanding details of every request for federal records made by citizens, journalists, and others during the last five years under the Freedom of Information Act. It's part of a broad congressional inquiry into President Barack Obama's promises to improve government transparency. The chairman, Representative Darrell Issa of California, said the committee wants to make sure that "all federal agencies respond in a timely, substantive and non-discriminatory manner" to requests for records under the information law.