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The Day After…and the Next Two Years

The Day After…and the Next Two Years

Election Day 2010 is (mostly) behind us - looking in the rearview mirror, here is what we now know: The Numbers: Republicans will control the U.S. House of Representatives in the 112th Congress, achieving a net gain of 60+ seats (8 races still uncalled). Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate, albeit it by slimmer margins - Republicans gained at least 6 seats (2 remain uncalled), falling short of the 10 needed to take control. There will be over a hundred new faces in the Read more [...]
13 Interesting Days…

13 Interesting Days…

With less than two weeks until Election Day and control of Congress hanging in the balance, the stakes are high for both major political parties in getting out the vote on November 2. If you believe the polls, Republicans and Tea Party advocates appear more enthusiastic about turning out to vote this year than Democrats, and the GOP is poised to make significant gains in the House and Senate. Democrats are in jeopardy of losing control of the House (pundits currently are projecting Republicans Read more [...]
97 Days Out…A Snapshot

97 Days Out…A Snapshot

Election Day (November 2, 2010) is 97 days away. The House of Representatives will pack up for the summer by this Friday (July 30), with the Senate planning to follow suit in a week (August 6). Some will escape the DC heat to vacation with their families and participate in parades and town hall meetings; others will face heat of an entirely different kind. The months of August and September will bring a spate of congressional and gubernatorial primaries in numerous states, and with that Read more [...]
Expectations on the Mound…and the Hill

Expectations on the Mound…and the Hill

The nation's capital is buzzing today over Stephen Strasburg's Major League pitching debut for the Washington Nationals, with most sports commentators and fans agreeing that he met or surpassed expectations in his first outing. In a city that has experienced its share of sports-related letdowns (meltdowns?) in recent years, things appeared a little brighter this morning. But I find myself wondering...what if Strasburg hadn't performed as well as he did? To draw a political Read more [...]
Big Week for Obama and Congress

Big Week for Obama and Congress

With the 2010 congressional elections just 251 days away and polls showing that nearly 60% of Americans feel the country is on the “wrong track,” this week could be a critical test for the Obama Administration and Congress. First up: the Jobs for Main Street Act (H.R. 2847), which the Senate is expected to approve today. The $15 billion package provides a tax break for employers hiring unemployed workers in 2010 and extends the Highway Trust Fund and the authorization for surface transportation Read more [...]
A Little Perspective

A Little Perspective

The Random House College Dictionary I keep at my desk defines perspective as “the ability to see all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship.”  And nowhere is it more difficult to keep proper perspective than in our nation’s capital.  Washington—like the entire nation—is a-Twitter (pun intended) today over the implications Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts special election has on health care reform, the Obama Read more [...]
Panama Jogs to the Right

Panama Jogs to the Right

In the midst of incoming and established left-leaning politicians in the Latin America region comes a new winner who bucks the trend.  Using words such as tycoon, magnate, self-styled millionaire, etc. reporters from all the major and not-so-major news services brought out words they had long since mothballed in describing the victory of Ricardo Martinelli, a victory not as spectacular as that of Mine That Bird but no less convincing, having pulled steadily ahead of his rival Balbina Herrera Read more [...]
More Leftward Leaning…and Now for Panama

More Leftward Leaning…and Now for Panama

Further to this trend I was pointing out a few weeks ago, now we see that el presidente Rafael Correa won reelection in Ecuador, the first such repeat in three decades.  So the people must like him.  A close associate of president-for-life hopeful Hugo Chávez, Correa is seeking a constitutional amendment that will set him up to be president until 2017.  Meanwhile he continues to refuse to pay his country's bills to outside suppliers whom he deems illegitimate, threatens to give Read more [...]
Ghosts of Elections Past, Present and Yet to Come

Ghosts of Elections Past, Present and Yet to Come

I keep seeing these ads on TV for the upcoming movie "Ghost of Girlfriends Past" which seems to be about some commitment-phobic guy coming to the realization that he let the love of his life get away and he needs to get her back.  The Dickensian look at relationships from the "what was, what is, what could be" viewpoint - an oft-used plot device in film ("It's a Wonderful Life," anyone?) - focuses on the big question, "What If...?". Read more [...]