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Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Archived Since:November 19, 2010

Blog Post Archive

GOP Attempt to Embarrass Democrats Backfires

"An attempt by the National Republican Congressional Committee to embarrass Democrats went awry on Thursday, when the group published a blog post riddled with errors," the Huffington Post reports.

Scandals Already Falling Apart

Ezra Klein: "The crucial ingredient for a scandal is the prospect of high-level White House involvement and wide political repercussions. Government wrongdoing is boring. Scandals can bring down presidents, decide elections and revive down-and-out political parties. Show More Summary

Obama Picks New IRS Chief

President Obama named the current controller of the White House budget office, Daniel Werfel, acting commissioner of the IRS, the Wall Street Journal reports. "The appointment is effective Wednesday, May 22. Mr. Werfel will replace Steven...Show More Summary

Dog Whistle Politics

Here's one to per-order: Dog Whistle Politics by Ian Haney-Lopez.

Tancredo Mulls Another Bid for Colorado Governor

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), "known for his hard-line stances on immigration, is strongly considering a run for governor in 2014," the Denver Post reports. "In 2010, Tancredo ran in a tumultuous gubernatorial contest as a third-party...Show More Summary

Cooter Strikes Back at Markey

Former Rep. Ben "Cooter" Jones (D-GA) writes in the Boston Globe about being dis-invited to a fundraiser for Rep. Ed Markey's (D-MA) U.S. Senate campaign. "It isn't every day that one makes preparations to go and play music for someShow More Summary

Bonus Quote of the Day

"We're broke, broke, broke."-- Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley, quoted by the Birmingham News, announcing the party was evicted from its headquarters for not paying rent.

Nye on Presidential Leadership

Just published: Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era by Joseph S. Nye.

Markey Expands Lead in Massachusetts

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Rep. Ed Markey (D) is consolidating the Democratic base ahead of the June 25th special election for U.S. Senate. Markey now leads Gabriel Gomez (R) by 7 points, 48% to 41%.

Obama's Katrina Moment

Todd Eberly: "What happened to Bush between Election Day 2004 and the Democratic victories in the 2006 election is a cautionary tale that the Obama Administration would do well to consider... Bush had presented himself as a competent manager and a reliable leader - a stark contrast to Kerry. Show More Summary

Rice in Line to be National Security Adviser

"Insiders with ties to the Obama administration tell The Cable that U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has become the heir apparent to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon -- a post at the epicenter of foreign-policy decision...Show More Summary

The Obama Paradox

New York Times: "Thwarted on Capitol Hill, stymied in the Middle East and now beset by scandal, President Obama has reached a point just six months after a heady re-election where the second term he had hoped for has collided with the second term he actually has." "The challenges underscore a paradox about the 44th president. Show More Summary

What the Benghazi Emails Show

The Week highlights five things we learned from last night's White House email dump.

McAuliffe Inches Ahead in Virginia

A new Qunnipiac poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Ken Cuccinelli (R) in the race for governor by five points, 43% to 38%. Said pollster Peter Brown: "The governor's race remains tight and could well go all the way to November as a close contest. Show More Summary

Robertson Says Wife of Cheating Husband Should be Grateful

Responding to a question from a viewer concerned about her cheating husband, Pat Robertson said that married men "have a tendency to wander" and it is the spurned wife's job "to focus on the positive and make sure the home is so enticing,...Show More Summary

Will the GOP Overplay Their Hand?

First Read points out there a danger for Republicans in pushing the IRS scandal too hard. "Already, the Benghazi talking-point emails don't reveal the political conspiracy that many Republicans and conservatives had openly theorized,...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

"I'm not advocating everyone go out and run around with no clothes on and smoke pot. I'm not a libertarian. I'm a libertarian Republican. I'm a constitutional conservative." -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by the Daily Beast, while speaking to a group of social conservatives.

Why it Might Be Hard for Obama to Get Beyond Scandals

Washington Post: "The most corrosive political scandals are the ones that feed a pre­existing story line -- which is why the White House could have difficulty putting the current ones behind it any time soon. In the view of President...Show More Summary

Obama Net Worth Revealed

Newly released federal financial disclosure forms show that President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held assets last year worth between $1.8 million and $6.8 million, the AP reports. The president also collected between $250,000...Show More Summary

Did Obama Stop the Bleeding?

"In recent days, Democratic strategists have all but begged President Obama to take control of a deepening public relations disaster that threatens to derail his second-term agenda," Politico reports. "On Wednesday evening, Obama did just that. Show More Summary

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