Thomas Jefferson Street

May 2010


Tea Party Holding Republicans Back

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder argues today that the much ballyhood Tea Party movement may not be helping the GOP at all and may in fact be hurting it. It's a theme I've been riffing on for a while now, and I make a similar argument in my column in ...

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Sestak Job Offer Likely Benign, But Questions Remain for White House

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

About that job that was offered to Rep. Joe Sestak as an inducement to not challenge Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary? Turns out it was all a misunderstanding, or something close to it. [See who supports ...

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Sestak Bribe Allegations Could Sink His Candidacy

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Joe Sestak, the former U.S. Navy admiral and member of Congress who bested party-switching Arlen Specter in last week’s Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, may have torpedoed his candidacy with his own big mouth.

Some months ago, as he was beginning his ...

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What the Media Can Learn From Karl Rove About Covering Politics

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

To be frank, the journalists who cover U.S. elections are, by and large, not really up to the job. There are a select few, like former U.S. News columnist Michael Barone, the much-missed Tim Russert, and others who, as former practitioners of some aspect ...

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Rand Paul, the Gift That Keeps on Giving

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Rand Paul is truly the gift that keeps on giving--to Democrats and to the political media. Paul has spent the last day and more trying to walk back his stated discomfort with the Civil Rights Act while maintaining his intellectual honesty and ...

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Rand Paul Embodies the Republican Tea Party Problem

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Rand Paul, the GOP Senate candidate in Kentucky, "unequivocally" stated today that he would not try to overturn the Civil Rights Act if he is elected to the U.S. Senate. It is, he said, "settled" law. In terms of profiles in courage, that's right ...

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Why Democrats Are Celebrating Too Quickly

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Given that even the smallest bit of good news comes as something of a welcome relief to Democrats these days, party solons are being somewhat triumphal about Tuesday’s election results.

As my bloleague Robert Schlesinger explained yesterday, the Democrats ...

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5 Reasons Democrats Should be Happy With the Primary Results

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Tuesday's primary results sharpened the emerging anti-incumbent, anti-establishment trend. That included one White House and Democratic establishment-backed incumbent going down (Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter) and another on political life support ...

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Arlen Specter Must Lose Because the Senate Needs Fresh Blood

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By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Arlen Specter, an 80-year-old Senate warhorse, is facing a tough Tuesday tomorrow when he and Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak go head to head in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary. Most likely, he will lose, and that will be a good thing--he was on ...

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