Susan Milligan


September 2010


Obama's Right, Cranky Liberals Need To Be More Realistic

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The message from the White House toward political progressives is consistent, even if the tone has varying levels of politeness. The left needs to be “drug tested” (Press Secretary Robert Gibbs), should “stop whining” (Vice President Joe Biden), or needs to compare the performance of the Obama ...

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Gibbs, Robert
health care
Kennedy, Ted
Democratic Party
Obama, Barack
Biden, Joe
Republican Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Bush, George W.
health care reform
Nixon, Richard M.

Obama's 'Arrogant' Problem

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In a campaign season marked by an almost irrational anti-establishment mood, “arrogant,” it seems, is the new scarlet “A.”

President Obama gets called that a lot by his opponents, and for some pretty flimsy reasons. Daring to run for office with less than a full term in the U.S. Senate? Arrogant!

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Obama, Barack
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Boxer, Barbara
Fiorina, Carly
McCain, John
health care reform
health care
Palin, Sarah
Davis, Artur
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Hannity, Sean

Republican 'Pledge' on the Constitution Is Just Wacky

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Of all the promises in the GOP’s “Pledge to America,” the most potentially troublesome is the demand that all legislation include a clause stating exactly how the proposed law is provided for in the U.S. Constitution.

On its face, this sounds reasonable, especially to the element of the Tea Party ...

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Republican Party
Congress
Constitution
tea party
Air Force
Army
Navy
2010 Congressional elections
courts
Supreme Court

Republicans’ ‘Pledge to America’ Is A Stack of Bumper Stickers

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The Republicans’ "Pledge to America" could have been a no-nonsense, make-the-tough-decisions, visionary plan to take the country out of a troubling era of high unemployment, cultural divides, and stalemate in Congress. Instead, it was a stack of bumper stickers.

That’s unfortunate, because the GOP ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
unemployment
deficit and national debt
taxes
Bush, George W.
Boehner, John
Medicare

Is Andrew Cuomo New York's Version of Martha Coakley?

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Andrew Cuomo, meet Martha Coakley. Or at least, pay close attention.

Cuomo, New York’s attorney general and son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, was considered a shoo-in to win the governorship in November. Despite a slew of scandals involving the current and previous Democratic governors, Cuomo is still ...

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Cuomo, Andrew
New York
Democratic Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Kennedy, Ted
Brown, Scott
Republican Party
tea party
Murkowski, Lisa
Miller, Joe

Lady Gaga Doesn't Help in the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Fight

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Memo to gay rights supporters: If you want to convince the American public and members of Congress that repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is a matter of basic human dignity, don’t send Lady Gaga.

It’s not the Muppet dress that does her in as a credible spokesperson on anything ...

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military
LGBT rights
Snowe, Olympia
Congress
national security terrorism and the military
Collins, Susan
McCain, John
Republican Party

The Democrats' Christine O'Donnell Problem

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Democrats, scrambling to limit the extent of their losses in the midterm elections, are hoping to tie the entire Republican Party to the Tea Party movement, a move they hope will make disaffected voters choose unpopular Democrats over "extremist" Republicans. The primary victory of GOP Delaware ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
O'Donnell, Christine
Paul, Rand
Angle, Sharron
social security
civil rights

Does the Tea Party Even Vet Its Own Candidates?

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The primary elections in Massachusetts, where Tea Party movement-backed candidates scored surprisingly well in this still-blue state, raise a critical general election question:

Do they not vet these people?

[See a slide show of other bad candidates in the 2010 elections.]

Let’s ...

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Massachusetts
tea party
Tsongas, Niki
Brown, Scott
Delahunt, Bill
Frank, Barney
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
Republican Party

Tea Party Cannibalism Is Hurting the GOP in the 2010 Election

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Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party movement-backed candidate who scored a stunning GOP primary victory in Delaware Tuesday night, had it right in one sense. “Republican cannibalism,” O’Donnell said, describing the intra-party fighting that preceded her astonishing win.

But O’Donnell had the context ...

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tea party
Republican Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
O'Donnell, Christine
Delaware
Democratic Party
Castle, Mike
Biden, Joe
Miller, Joe
Murkowski, Lisa
Alaska
Cuomo, Andrew
Delahunt, Bill
Brown, Scott

Ending Earmarks Won't Solve the Federal Budget Deficit Problem

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This election season is an era of easy targets, a time when voter anger and frustration is so high that simple talk and scapegoating easily crowd out discussions of painful solutions to difficult and complicated problems. Blame high taxes for sluggish private-sector hiring. Blame George W. Bush for ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
deficit and national debt
federal budget
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
Democratic Party
Republican Party
national security terrorism and the military
Hodes, Paul
social security
Medicare
Medicaid
unemployment

Obama’s Hope Covers Muslims, Middle East, Not Bipartisanship

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What does it say about the state of American politics that President’s Obama’s news conference offered more hope for conciliation between disparate religions and between feuding parties in the Middle East than it did for Democrats and Republicans?

A day before the anniversary of the September 11 ...

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Obama, Barack
Israel
Palestine
Middle East
Islam
Republican Party
Democratic Party
9/11
unemployment
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Voinovich, George

Palin’s Right on Koran Burning, Wrong on NY Islamic Center

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For an encouraging moment it looked like Sarah Palin had stepped up to the plate, abandoning the bumper-sticker politics of fear to uphold what is truly American: the freedom of religion.

Then she kept typing.

For days, leading Republicans had refused to denounce plans by a Florida pastor to ...

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Palin, Sarah
Islam
Christianity
religion
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Petraeus, David

GOP Path to Majority in 2010 Election Is Tougher Than Polls Show

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Republicans, not without justification, see themselves in the midterm election as subjects in a clear, well-focused photo marking a huge victory and new majorities for the GOP in the House, and perhaps the Senate. But the campaign reality looks more like an impressionist painting.

From a distance,

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polls
Murtha, John
Obama, Barack
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Gallup
Castle, Mike
Tsongas, Niki
Paul, Rand
Yarmuth, John
Owens, Bill

Sexist Shots at Palin, Pelosi Signal New Backlash Against Women

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It’s comforting that women’s groups are inaugurating ``Name It, Change It,’’ an effort to identify sexist comments in campaign commentary and call out the offenders. It’s also depressing.

One would think, in the 21st Century, when we’ve had a female presidential candidate viable enough to be called ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Palin, Sarah
Pelosi, Nancy
Clinton, Hillary
sexism
Biden, Joe
McCain, John
Boehner, John
working women

Alaska Voters Punished Murkowski for Not Being Angry, Hostile Enough

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There a several story lines for the midterm elections, and the concession of Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her party’s primary appears to confirm them all: Voters are mad, so mad they’ll nominate a relative unknown. No one is safe this year, not even established incumbents in the party expected ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Murkowski, Lisa
Alaska
tea party
Miller, Joe
Wall Street
Craig, Larry
Republican Party

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