The Daily Beast

Democrats, Forever Changed

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
March 15, 2010 |

This week’s last-ditch health care push may or may not prove the defining battle of Barack Obama’s presidency. It may or may not prove a defining moment in the history of the American welfare state. But here’s a good bet: The Democratic Party will never be the same.

Obama Gets His Mojo Back

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
March 11, 2010 |

Amidst the speculation over whether David Axelrod hates Rahm Emanuel or Rahm Emanuel hates David Axelrod or Lawrence Summers hates them both, the punditocracy has glossed over something significant: Team Obama has had one hell of a month. In late January, health care reform was widely considered dead. Now it’s considered a better than even bet. It could all still end in tears, of course. But for the moment, Barack Obama has his mojo back. And he has it back for one basic reason: He’s given up the dream that he could transcend the partisan divide.

What Iraq Costs Us

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
March 8, 2010 |

This weekend’s Iraqi elections were inspiring—a testament to the fortitude of the Iraqi people, the weakness of al Qaeda, the adaptability of the American military, and yes, the troop surge pushed through by George W. Bush.

The Palin-Schwarzenegger Smackdown

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
December 22, 2009 |

For the Republican Party, Sarah Palin has been a problem with no solution. She is a divisive figure, a culture warrior whose celebrity and command of media attention has allowed her to eclipse or bully party leaders with more appeal to independents. No one within the party has been able to put her in her place.

Until late last week, when Palin got into a media fight with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

How Obama Lost Arnold

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
January 19, 2010 |

Is the love affair between California’s Republican governor and the Democratic president over?

Arnold's Third Term

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
March 5, 2010 |

Californians, meet your next governor.

Let’s call him Jerry Schwarzenegger.

As former California Gov. Jerry Brown officially rolled out his 2010 campaign for governor this week, he was confronted by questions about how a new Brown term in the stateh ouse might be different than his first, an entertaining if unfocused eight-year stretch from 1975 to 1983.

Harold Ford's Bumbling Exit

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
March 3, 2010 |

Harold Ford is exiting the New York Senate race the same way he almost entered it: incoherently. Start with his supposed reason for not running. “If I run,” he wrote in The New York Times, “the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary—a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened. I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.”

The Photo That Could Doom the Democrats

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
March 1, 2010 |

Ram it Through!

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
February 25, 2010 |

Democrats are considering using the reconciliation process to pass health-care reform in the Senate, a maneuver that would require only 51 votes. Republicans are outraged. Using reconciliation to pass health care, they insist, would be undemocratic.

Meg Whitman's Brilliant Hiding Game

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
February 21, 2010 |

What does eBay CEO-turned-California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman have in common with Muhammad Ali?

A strategy called rope-a-dope.

Rope-a-dope takes its name from a 1974 fight in Zaire, when the champ spent the first several rounds taking a beating so that his bigger opponent, George Foreman, would exhaust himself from all the punches. Having survived this early assault, Ali knocked out an exhausted Foreman later in the fight.

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