It is simply naïve to suggest that McConnell is willing to serve in roles as he did this week purely for the sake of the republic, even if it risks sacrificing his own political prospects. If there is one thing that McConnell’s long career in Washington has demonstrated, it is that he has a keen understanding of what it takes for him to get reelected back home and rise up the ranks in Washington.
I missed the all-important “let’s briefly pause so Boehner can flail helplessly while the entire world looks on in horror before we officially end this thing” step in the process. In retrospect, I’m not sure how I overlooked it. That final pathetic lurch is a tradition Boehner inaugurated during the fiscal cliff negotiation last December. There was every reason to believe he’d observe that same sacrament this time around.
After all that, the Tea Party may have helped K Street end a tax that annoyed fatcats.
The problem with a short-term debt limit increase is it muddies everything you’re trying to make clear.
Altogether, Democrats aren’t yet poised to mount serious challenges to a clear majority of the Republicans running on competitive turf, let alone actually win.
The Larry Summers fight was the first fully-engaged Obama-era battle over the future of the Democratic Party.
By Noam Scheiber.
This summer’s NSA revelations took telecommunications regulation from boring to blockbuster. And that’s where notoriously un-hip Congressman Ed Markey may have finally tapped into the zeitgeist.
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