Thomas Jefferson Street

June 2010


Democrats' Liberal Lurch Could Sink Them in 2010 Elections

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The Democrats’ continued drift to the left has harmed the party’s political fortunes.

A poll just released by Resurgent Republic, an organization founded by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie finds that--by a margin of 64 percent to 27 percent--those persons who are likely to ...

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Heinrich, Martin
Driehaus, Steve
Reagan, Ronald

The Democrats Were Against Petraeus Before They Were For Him

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Gen. David Petraeus is now the darling of the Democrats. Having been picked by President Barack Obama to lead U.S. efforts on the ground in Afghanistan, Petraeus, the architect of the surge in Iraq, is being praised by the Democrats from pillar to post.

It wasn’t always so.

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The McChrystal-MacArthur Comparison

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One analogy that Gen. Stan McChrystal's self-immolation has stirred in many quarters is President Harry Truman's firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War. It's not a completely mismatched comparison, but it's also not a good fit.

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Obama Is Right to Fire McChrystal, But He's Still Feckless

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal is now out of a job, thanks to some unguarded and unflattering comments made about President Barack Obama within earshot of a reporter working on a freelance piece for Rolling Stone. This is as it should be.

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Obama Should Fire General McChrystal, Fast

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By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal doesn't deserve the dignity of a resignation. Today at the White House, President Obama needs to hand him his proverbial head and send him packing for his outrageous conduct.

Obviously the general and his aides are so ...

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Obama Healthcare Law Polling Numbers Improving

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The Associated Press brings a bit of good news for Democrats, especially those standing for office in November: According to a new poll, the Obama healthcare law has reached its highest level of popularity. The poll, from AP-GfK, has 45 ...

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Angle, Barber, and the Republican Rhetoric of Violence

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Is the GOP becoming the party of revolution? And I don't mean "revolution" in the sense of the "Republican Revolution" of 1994, but in the literal rise up with arms sense. A couple of data points have surfaced that raise genuinely disturbing ...

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Brown, Scott
Reid, Harry
Angle, Sharron
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Oval Office Setting Won't Make Obama's Gulf Oil Spill Speech

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Almost a year and a half into his term, President Obama will give his first Oval Office address, on the ongoing oil spill disaster. The setting is meant in and of itself to send a message. "By choosing to speak to the nation on Tuesday night for ...

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Do Republicans Want to Win a House Majority in 2010?

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Rumor has it that there is some question in GOP circles, as the Daily Caller reported Monday, as to whether or not the Republicans really want to become the majority party in Congress as a result of the 2010 election.

To some, especially those who are ...

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Carly Fiorina's Contempt for Fellow Women

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By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

When the Californian Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate made a snide remark about Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's hair--"So yesterday," she sneered--the punditocracy was off and running. MSNBCs cool, jaded take on the gaffe was that the former CEO ...

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Economists: Stimulus Not Working, Obama Must Rein in Spending

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Nearly 100 prominent U.S. economists including former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Ohio University’s Richard Vedder, and James C. Miller, III, who headed up the White House Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, are telling President ...

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Clinton Saved Blanche Lincoln--Why Didn't Gore Let Him Do the Same?

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By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Why does an Arkansas Senate primary make me want to cry the beloved country? Because it reminded me that Al Gore would have won the 2000 election if not for his foolish pride. You know what I'm talking about. After yesterday's election and recent news of ...

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5 Reasons for Democrats to be Happy With Tuesday's Primary Results

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Mary Kate yesterday gave five reasons Tuesday's primary races helped the GOP. And while her post is certainly worth reading, there are as many reasons why Tuesday was a net plus for the Democrats. Let's start with...

1. Sharron Angle. Faced with an ...

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Boehner, John

Obama's National Debt Dwarfs Bush's and Reagan's

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

It is a measure of the nation’s economic illiteracy that the most recent debt projections have not received more coverage. Sure, most people can tell Karl Marx from Harpo but it is highly unlikely that they can distinguish between Adam Smith and Will, even ...

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Gulf Oil Spill is Obama's High Noon

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By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Spring began in a politically poetic way: passage of healthcare reform by the People's House, at long last. Good that the last scene was played out in the chamber that actually deserved the kudos. The Chinook wind was sweeter than usual after a long hard ...

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Some Sarah Palin Endorsements Matter More Than Others

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Do endorsements matter? And specifically, do Sarah Palin's endorsements matter? Some more than others.

To wit, Politics Daily's Sandra Fish has an article today looking at the former half-term governor's track record endorsing candidates this cycle.

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Oil Spill Cleanup, Census Can't Hide Obama's Jobs Problem

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The jobs figures released Friday are not good news for President Barack Obama.

Despite the massive amounts of government spending that the White House said would stimulate the U.S. economy, only about 41,000 of the new jobs created were in the private ...

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Obama's Approval Rating Gap

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The latest Gallup poll finds that President Barack Obama remains more popular than his policies. A survey of 1,049 adults 18 years of age and older living in the United States found 54 percent view him favorably while 43 percent see Obama in a negative ...

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