Robert Schlesinger

June 2010


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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McChrystal, Stanley
MacArthur, Douglas
Obama administration
Truman, Harry S
South Korea
North Korea
Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001-)

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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health care
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
polls
tea party
health care reform

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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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Bright, Bobby
Snowe, Olympia
Collins, Susan
Brown, Scott
Reid, Harry
Angle, Sharron
tea party

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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Obama administration
Obama, Barack
Carter, Jimmy
Reagan, Ronald
Bush, George H.W.
Bush, George W.
Kennedy, John
politics
Gulf of Mexico
oil

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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Angle, Sharron
Reid, Harry
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Critz, Mark
Lincoln, Blanche
Clinton, Bill
Teague, Harry
Schauer, Mark
Boxer, Barbara
Fiorina, Carly
Boehner, John

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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Palin, Sarah
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Paul, Rand
tea party
Minnick, Walt
Iowa caucus

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