Mary M. Shaffrey


Democrats Are Drinking the Pelosi Kool-Aid

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Two weeks after the election, the blinders House Democrats continue to wear are astounding.

They lose at least 60 members, eliminating all the gains the party made since 2006, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blames Republicans for using her as a poster child. She says she was an easy target because ...

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
Shuler, Heath
Pelosi, Nancy
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
unemployment
health care reform
2012 presidential election

After the 2010 Elections End, Governing Must Begin

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In five days it will all be over. Even if tight races in Alaska, Hawaii, and Nevada make those individual outcomes unknown as the sun rises on November 3, Election 2010 will be in the books.

Most will be grateful that the onslaught of negative ads, which seemed to be on a continuous loop for the ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Pelosi, Nancy
unemployment
mortgages
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
national security terrorism and the military

The Thomas, Williams, and O'Donnell Stories are Beside the Point

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Why Virginia Thomas called Anita Hill after 19 years is anyone’s guess. She’ll never get the apology she wants. What’s clear from this week’s revelations is that opinions on the matter have changed little over time, and this revelation is merely a distraction that reminds us how far apart we really ...

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Thomas, Clarence
Supreme Court
Republican Party
Democratic Party
unemployment
economy
O'Donnell, Christine
NPR
national security terrorism and the military
Pelosi, Nancy
Congress

Republicans Should Watch What They Wish For

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The old expression, “be careful what you wish for because it might come true,” applies to Republicans this year.

Heaven knows the Democrats in Congress have done nothing short of a disastrous job. President Obama is not so much the problem as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate ...

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Frank, Barney
McCain, John
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Reid, Harry
Pelosi, Nancy
health care
health care reform
unemployment
national security terrorism and the military

Melancon and Paladino Illustrate What's Wrong With Politics

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Democratic Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon and New York Republican Carl Paladino are both waging uphill battles in their races (for senator and governor, respectively). But both went too far this week in their efforts to win come November 2. They illustrate in real time what is wrong with American ...

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Democratic Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Republican Party
immigration reform
BP
energy policy and climate change
Vitter, David
unemployment
Castle, Mike

Sarah Palin for President in 2012? No Thanks

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There was a story in a weekly newsmagazine a few years ago about Sarah Palin. This was not right after Sen. John McCain picked her from obscurity to be his running mate; the one I recall ran earlier. It was either shortly before or after her son, Trig, was born. My own son is a month younger than ...

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Palin, Sarah
Congress
McCain, John
2012 presidential election
2008 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
Murkowski, Lisa
unemployment
mortgages
subprime mortgages
education
2010 Congressional elections
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