The cold air didn't dampen the spirits of the many protesters who showed up in front of City Hall Saturday for a rally in support of public employee unions in Wisconsin. Organized by MoveOn.org, the rally drew public workers from around the region who expressed concern that the proposed legislation by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was part of a larger national trend that threatened workers everywhere.
Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) drew loud cheers when he took the stage, proclaiming “Ladies and gentlemen my name is Anthony Wiener and I am a Wisconsin union worker, as all of us are today!”
Don’t let Haley Barbour fool you.
Though he may refer to himself as “a fat redneck,” though he’s got a charming Mississippi country-boy drawl, though his white hair, apple cheeks and twinkly eyes may make you think of Santa Claus, the man is a perspicacious politician. Barbour spent Presidents Day in Iowa, meeting with state Republican Party officials and lawmakers in the state that serves as the presidential election starting gate.
Mitch Daniels is feeling popular these days.
Not only does he have an ad starring New York’s own Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan, but conservative columnist George Will has predicted that he holds potentially great appeal to conservative voters as the anti-Obama. “If they’re disappointed with Mr. Obama, then a short, balding, unimpressive, uncharismatic, competent governor might be just the key,” Will wrote.
Mitt Romney is a man who has held multiple positions on the issues—sometimes on the same issue. In 2008, his campaign aides had a term they preferred for him: a "turnaround" artist. They were referring to his track record in reviving struggling businesses, but one could be forgiven for assuming it applies to his stance on social issues.
Romney has several things going for him which make him a likely contender in the upcoming elections. For one, he has money — lots of it.
After debating all week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1 by a vote of 235-189 on Saturday morning. To address the $1.3 trillion deficit, House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican majority have offered this resolution, which intends to cut $100 billion in six months, an amount consistant with the number mentioned in the Republican's Pledge to America during the midterm campaigns.
While the resolution still needs to pass the Senate and be signed off on by the president to become law, the House Republicans are drawing a strong line in the sand, while a government shutdown looms if an agreement is not reached by March 4.
Mike Huckabee is something of a renaissance man.
Not only did he serve as Governor of Arkansas for a full decade, not only did he run for president last time around (and come in first in the Iowa caucus), and not only is he one of the emerging contenders for the 2012 presidential race. He also plays bass in a rock band, has created a 12-step weight-loss program, runs marathons, was named Man of the Year by the American Sportsfishing Association in 1997, and knows how to cook squirrel in a popcorn popper. And, of course, he loves some Lynyrd Sknyrd.
— Steve LeVine of "The Oil and the Glory" blog at Foreign Policy on the Brian Lehrer Show.
— Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY13) on the Brian Lehrer Show.
We talk a lot about how politics polarizes us, but sometimes it brings people together. When love seems impossible, even high-profile powerbrokers seem to manage. Pundits partner up with pundits (sometimes even with opposing views), lobbyists with lobbyists, governors with journalists, and presidents with senators – even if it gets a little sticky sometimes.
Here's a handful of some high profile political couples, for Valentines Day. Who would you add to the list?
If it wasn’t charming and weird, well, it wouldn’t be Jimmy McMillan.
The perennial political candidate and smooth funk master Jimmy McMillan, of the “Rent is Too Damn High” party, now stars in an ad for another candidate eyeing a run: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
The Donald might be ready for the big time.
The billionaire and reality-show star flirted with a presidential run on Thursday, to much applause from a crowd of assembled conservatives gathered for the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference convention. He took the stage mugging and waving, his steps in time with the O’Jays “For the Love of Money.”
— Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman on the Brian Lehrer Show.
— Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor at the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington on the Brian Lehrer Show.
— Sheera Frenkel, special correspondent in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers on the Brian Lehrer Show.
— Sheelah Feinberg from the New York City Coalition for a Smoke Free City on the Brian Lehrer Show.