11:12 AM, Mar 8, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Ralph Nader is exasperated. Not an unusual condition for him. But the cause of his frustration, this time, is not GM (the company he helped destroy) or Al Gore (the presidential candidate he helped defeat) or any of the usual suspects. In this case, Citizen Nader is peeved at fellow progressive, Senator Bernie Sanders.
Nader has sent the senator a letter giving him what for and calling him everything but a corporate bandit and unfeeling member of the one-percent.
“In the past year, I have called you many times at your Washington office,” Nader writes. "Your staff dutifully takes my messages, forwards them to you and you do not call back. Never.”
However, Nader continues:
You do communicate in one way … Along with others deemed to be on the right mailing lists, I receive many of your fundraising letters to help Bernie get re-elected. Your letters are full of warnings about the right-wing, corporate interests out to defeat you … In the two years before your election, the letters flow with predictable regularity, recounting your record and the perils confronting your election. Once you are comfortably and predictably re-elected, Bernie returns to the Lone Ranger mode.
One reads Nader's letter and thinks, “Who would return his calls? Life is way too short for that."
1:42 PM, Mar 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In Vermont, where he has been running for something for as long as anyone can remember, the senator is known, simply, as “Bernie.” His national profile is not quite so well established but there are people who have floated the possibility that he might run for president representing the left flank of the Democratic party. He, in fact, among them. So Time magazine interviewed him, raising the prospect, and he made the usual coy noises. However, on the question of Hillary Clinton’s suitability for the job, he was more emphatic.
Remains open to 2016 presidential run.7:00 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Perry is in a good mood, and it’s not just because it’s his 64th birthday. Tuesday is primary day in Texas, and for the first time in what seems like forever, his name’s not on the ballot. The office he’s made his own—with paintings of the Texas landscapes and framed photos of recent war heroes from Texas—for the last 13 years will belong to someone else next January. But Perry doesn’t sound wistful in the twilight of his term.
12:35 PM, Mar 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Florida senator Marco Rubio spoke about Ukraine, Russia, and American foreign policy this morning on Meet the Press:
10:55 AM, Feb 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Hard to imagine anyone running for anything as a proud and unequivocal supporter of the Affordable Care Act. Anyone, that is, this side of Joe Biden. Democratic candidates for the House and Senate are already running ads asserting, essentially, I was for it before I said we had to fix it. And now, it seems that Hillary Clinton is making the same kind of noises in anticipation of 2016 and the fund raising and positioning that needs to be done between now and then.
8:37 AM, Feb 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The White House's Let's Move campaign released the following video of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spending time together through exercise. Watch the video below:
2:16 PM, Feb 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Marco Rubio will unveil "new policy ideas" at a Google's Washington, D.C. headquarters on Monday, spokesman Alex Conant announced on Twitter.
6:33 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama told Democratic governors that "we know how to win national elections." But, he said, Democrats need to win state elections and focus on this year's mid-term elections.
"But all too often it's during these mid-terms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble because, I guess we don't think it's sexy or something," Obama said.
Obama was speaking the governors at a Democratic fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington.
Via the pool report:
2:09 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A conservative news site otherwise known as the Washington Free Beacon couldn't get a shoutout on cable news yesterday for its publication of reporter Alana Goodman's article revealing new details about Hillary Clinton's time in the White House. Watch the video below:
11:13 AM, Feb 10, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
New York Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, an author of the Senate immigration bill, may have succeeded in helping Republicans kill his own bill.
6:00 AM, Feb 10, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL AND JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Obamacare is failing. Faced with this unpleasant reality, President Obama offered up during his State of the Union address his only remaining defense of his eponymous program: There is no alternative. “[M]y Republican friends…if you have specific plans…tell America what you’d do differently….We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.”
11:15 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jeb Bush will not be at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference. Instead, he'll be going on a "business trip."