December 14, 2011 We do know that it's a lot easier to tell a pollster you're for somebody than it is to vote for that somebody. The former is theory, the latter is fact. People know when they are going to vote and they get ready. No one knows when or even whether they're going to be polled.
November 21, 2011 Both parties act as though they can blame the other, striving to please constituencies that insist they do so. Yet, few achievements in American history have been so bi-partisan as the national debt.
October 11, 2011 Unlike the previous half-dozen debates, this one took place around a table. And by sitting everyone down, the sponsors managed to elevate the discussion.
October 7, 2011 There is in the American air — some 13 months away from the 2012 election — a whiff of suggestion that Obama might not be re-elected. Or re-electable. Past presidents have weathered stormier times, but when you hit bottom matters.
August 24, 2011 The election of 2012 is now less than 15 months away, and it is clear that elements of the Republican Party have not locked in on a candidate. But it is worth remembering that in the late 1970s, as the GOP sought just the right opponent for incumbent Jimmy Carter, plenty of party people were not satisfied with a field that included Ronald Reagan.
August 1, 2011 But a long day of running down the deal ended with a surprisingly easy vote to approve it. The dramatic conclusion of the day's stormy events now makes action in the Senate all but anti-climactic.
July 31, 2011 The deal the president has accepted appears likely to be acceptable to a Senate majority of 60. But the House is a bigger question.
July 30, 2011 Your plan is dead. No your plan is dead. Those were the messages exchanged by the Senate and House over the past 24 hours, and the events of Saturday left the debt crisis no closer to resolution. In fact, it appeared to be getting further away.
July 15, 2011 It goes without saying that any Republican deviating from the party line on taxes risks a primary in 2012. Democrats who would cut entitlements also chance an intraparty challenge (although in their case the White House move to compromise might offer some cover).
June 22, 2011 Obama may be vulnerable to a Republican, but it is hard to see him as vulnerable to any Republican in particular. The one exception is Romney.
June 10, 2011 Today, Alaska officials released a trove of emails that Sarah Palin sent or received as governor from 2007 to '09. Will this affect her rumored bid for the White House? One answer is no — because there are at least five good signs that she isn't running anyway.