Matthew Dowd, ABC News political analyst, Bush/Cheney campaign strategist, and National Journal columnist, surveys the post-election political scene, and the fallout from the resignation of CIA director Petraeus.
Brian, has anyone said anything about the stone-walling Tea Party being put in their place with respect their goal to make Pres Obama a one-term president, with respect to their no-new-tax pledge, etc.? It seems they should have learned their lesson. I've heard only general talk about the Republicans and how they need to reinvent themselves.
It's odd that in comparing how other presidents did things with Obama's, your commenters don't account for our present environment of real hate speech and well funded expert poison rhetoric. That affects what you can do.
The media mostly treats it as as if it was a mater of "style" or "entertainment", not knowing how else to treat it. It's embarrassing that we don't have the words.
Michael and Hugh, EXACTLY.
Once again, we have lazy journalism confusing balance with false equivalency. This widespread problem is so counterproductive.
Notwithstanding the guest's special pleadings, the influence of the population segments that he recommends for Obama's attention would be better extinguished than encouraged.
How can the Republicans' dubious economic platform be "Mad Men"-era, when tax rates were so much higher during that growth period?
Mr. Dowd is absolutely wrong in asserting that there is no evidence that cutting government spending in a recession is harmful to the economy. Economic research solidly supports the Keynesian principle that in a down economy government spending needs to increase to power a recovery.
Oh Fresh Air, Norm Ornstein pointed to the increased spending by the Koch brothers in the states--they basically, he said, took over Kansas, from the bottom up, by supporting conservative candidates; the next focus is Arkansas.
Matthew Dowd's assertion that there is no evidence that "you can't cut spending in depressed economy" without seeing a further economic decline is revoltingly false. Europe has been cutting spending for years and their economies have gotten worse. FDR cut spending in 1936/37 and recovery from the Depression did an about face.
Either Dowd is ill-informed or he is lying. He really needs to be challenged on such a glaring misrepresentation of the facts.
Of course the story was held back till after the election. All bad news gets hidden. It's all about Bengahzi.
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