The Daily Grind
9:14 AM, Feb 18, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Palin: “Now the smart thing will be for independents who are such a part of this Tea Party movement to, I guess, kind of start picking a party.”
Trouble in Appalachia: "In the 'Fightin' 9th,' Boucher's support of the coal industry and efforts to modernize the local economy give Democrats their best chance to hold a seat they can't afford to lose. But in a year when incumbency appears to be as much a burden as a boon, Boucher's race will be a test of whether the intensity of anti-Washington anger will outweigh the power of long-standing service." Methinks if it were Republicans in danger, the Washington Post would not pose the issue as a false choice between "anger" and "long-standing service." More like—oh, I don't know— "hope and change" vs. "corrupt incumbency."
Kathleen Sebelius now submitting old Obama speeches as op-eds.
Barone: With Dems sinking, Republicans better become the "Party of a Plan."
Mentally ill man got past three layers of security, close to Joe Biden at Olympics. Officials say Biden was never in danger.
Greg Mankiw: "But let's suppose that you are a conservative and you want the fiscal commission to succeed. You will have to agree to higher taxes as part of the bargain. But what should you aim to get in return? Here is my list."
Will on Palin and populism: "Political nature abhors a vacuum, which is what often exists for a year or two in a party after it loses a presidential election. But today's saturation journalism, mesmerized by presidential politics and ravenous for material, requires a steady stream of political novelties. In that role, Palin is united with the media in a relationship of mutual loathing. This is not her fault. But neither is it her validation."
Vegas mayor won't meet with President Obama.
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