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:
Obama thanked all the governors and those here to support our outstanding governors.
"Folks here in Washington like to talk abstractions, we get into a lot of ideological debates. The problem for governors is they actually have to do something," he said.
The work governors are doing is shaping the debate. The challenge in politics sometimes is that the national races get all the attention. But so often the policies that impact people day to day are being determined by governors and state legislatures.
"And if there's one message that I want to deliver today to every Democrat and every person who's interested in supporting Democratic policies, is that you've got to pay attention to the states."
You have to stay focused on what's happening in the states, especially during mid-term elections.
"Because we know how to win national 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." But states are where the action is, he said.
Obama said governors are implementing critical policies, made tougher by a Congress that doesn't always cooperate. What binds governors is the idea of opportunity.
If you work hard you can make it. Democrats recognize that government can't do it all, but has a critical role to play in helping families succeed.
Seeing right now the economy is creating jobs, businesses are optimistic this year, CEOs are saying they want to invest, unemployment rate dropping. But families are still anxious, they don't feel they are getting ahead.
Folks at top getting better and better, but poor are still feeling squeezed. So everything we do has to be focused on expanding opportunity.
Democratic governors are willing to implement opportunity agenda, creating jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, infrastructure, education.
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.”
Feb 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Conservatives of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your corporate sponsors. We must save capitalism from the capitalists. We must persuade our corporate and political classes that it is difficult for people to retain their belief that market capitalism works for them when they are struggling to find work, or to keep their homes, or to avoid declines in their living standards as their real wages stagnate and their taxes disappear into bailouts of banks and subsidies for solar millionaires.
12:32 PM, Feb 4, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Hard to blame anyone for wanting to get out of Washington and flee to some destination where the air is not polluted by politics. Understandable, then, that as Shane Goldmacher of Government Executive writes:
10:01 AM, Jan 31, 2014 • By JAY COST
Another poll shows Hillary Clinton leading the pack of would-be Democratic nominees by an outsized margin. This one is courtesy of ABC News-Washington Post, which has her at 73 percent support among would-be Democratic voters—with Joe Biden trailing at just 12 percent.
What to make of this?
10:01 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By MARJORIE DANNENFELSER
In 2012, Democrats ran a well-coordinated campaign to demonize and distort pro-life candidates as anti-woman misogynists hell-bent on taking away birth control. The Republican response to this line of attack consisted mostly of pivoting away to focus on “jobs” and the “economy.” With rare exceptions, instead of responding, GOP candidates were unwilling to answer the attacks head-on.
11:52 AM, Jan 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The education of the American public as to the smallness of our political class continues.
11:26 AM, Jan 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Chris Christie says that he is "responsible" and that he "was blindsided" by officials in his administration closing traffic lanes to punish his political opponents:
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Stephen Hayes on Bob Gates and his new book, Benghazi, and Hillary Clinton.
11:50 AM, Jan 2, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Two days after Christmas I found myself in a doctor's office in New Jersey at eight o'clock in the morning. As I sat in the waiting room, a middle-aged woman came in and began a discussion with the receptionist. It seemed that her daughter, who would turn 26 on December 31, was trying to figure out what to do about health insurance.
A progressive populist has Hillary in his sightsDec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Brian Schweitzer sounds content with being a “former” pol. As we chat on the phone, he is looking out the window of his home on Georgetown Lake in western Montana. By mid-November, the lake is frozen, and the Pintler Mountains to the south are covered with snow. Schweitzer’s home sits at the end of a dirt road more than a mile long. “I’m 25 miles from groceries,” he says.
3:01 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Today is a snow day in Washington so even less will get done than on a day when the sun shines.
12:01 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Weary of wading through the big muddy of Obamacare, the president has decided that it is time to change the subject. (They call that a “pivot,” in Washington, these days.) And as Amie Parnes at the Hill reports:
President Obama is once again turning to populism to reinvigorate what has been a lackluster second term.
2:32 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By MICHAEL ANTON
Anniversaries come thick and fast. But 500-year marks are still rare, reminders of a simpler time, a different world. We look back to Columbus and forward to the Reformation without understanding the epochal revolution in between that made our time, our world.