Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Barack Obama - Fall Elections - #2331 - Obama Is No FDR - John Gordon - Commentary Magazine

Jen references Michael Gerson’s devastating Washington Post column in which he calls President Obama an intellectual snob. Equally interesting, I think, is a front-page article in today’s New York Times, with its simply astonishing opening sentence: “It took President Obama 18 months to invite the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, to the White House for a one-on-one chat.” Who was it who ran for president as a “post-partisan,” and who was going to bring a new way of doing things to Washington? The Times notes that, “Mr. Obama came to office vowing to reach across the aisle and change the tone in Washington, a goal he quickly abandoned when Republicans stood in lockstep against his stimulus bill.” The Republicans, of course, “stood in lockstep” against the stimulus bill because they were completely frozen out of any role in shaping it. (By the way, my inner copy editor shudders at the metaphor “stood in lockstep.” “Lockstep” is a mode of marching, not standing, but…) It was needless, counterproductive, and, alas, typical behavior on Obama’s part.  Read more........

Cook Report: Democratic 'Maelstrom' May Give GOP 60 House Seats - Newsmax - Republicans are positioned to gain as many as 60 seats, possibly more, from a Democratic Party that seems in free fall just one week from Election Day, according to the Cook Political Report. The Report's pre-election House outlook is a Democratic net loss of 48 to 60 seats, with higher losses possible. Though a turnover of just 39 seats would tip majority status into Republican hands, according to the Report, “the midterm maelstrom pulling House Democrats under shows no signs of abating, if anything it has intensified.” Read more......

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