Don't call it an "individual mandate"

Kevin Drum: The individual mandate may be an essential part of healthcare reform, but it’s also the part that’s easiest to hate. One pro-reform blogger suggests you think of it

Healthcare victory party

What does victory mean for the Democrats? Yglesias: Barack Obama will go down in history as one of America’s finest presidents. Drum: Even if this is [Obama’s] high point, then,

Washington's not broken anymore!

Three long weeks ago, I made the case that Scott Brown single-handedly broke Washington: As recently as January 18, the day before Scott Brown’s election, there was no firm consensus

Healthcare Reform vs. The Surge

I’ve been pondering the common analogy between President Obama’s support for healthcare reform (HCR for short) and President Bush’s support for the surge in Iraq, both in the face of

Should I get a life?

Kevin Drum, on deem and pass: If you have a life, you don’t care about the subject of this post and have never heard of it. Damn it. I heard

David Brooks, drama queen?

You wouldn’t expect it from such a moderate guy, but consider this, from Meet The Press: MR. [TOM] BROKAW: Let’s begin with you, if we can, David. There are lots

Ulysses S. Grant, new Founding Father?

Are liberals and conservatives coming together to add President Grant to our pantheon of heroes? This morning, Princeton historian Sean Wilentz argues in the Times, Although slandered since his death,

Rove's revisionism on Iraq

Peter Feaver has a very interesting post up about the assertion in Karl Rove’s new book that “if the administration had known the true extent of Iraq’s WMD stockpile and