Tales from the Trail

Does Obama’s healthcare victory point to future legislative strategy?

March 23, 2010


When President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform into law today, was he also endorsing the preferred White House strategy for legislation to come?

Racial overtones at healthcare protest

March 21, 2010

John Lewis

The protests against healthcare reform took an ugly turn on Saturday. Black congressmen told reporters that demonstrators called them the N-word and one representative said he was spat upon.

Democrats lead on fundraising for 2010, but the gap may be closing

March 18, 2010


If new campaign dollars were votes, Democrats would be leading Republicans in the early returns for the 2010 congressional elections by about 7 percentage points overall. But that’s with Republicans closing the gap and eight months to go before Election Day.

Are Republicans admitting defeat before the timorous Democrats?

March 18, 2010


Republicans who urged anti-healthcare supporters to help them “kill the bill” only days ago suddenly seem to be shouting “repeal the bill,” as if Democrats are truly destined for victory. Yet their Democratic opponents in the House seem too scared to say ‘yea’ without more than a little hand-holding.

Kennedy is watching over healthcare week, Obama says

March 17, 2010


The late Senator Ted Kennedy, who was a long-time advocate for U.S. healthcare reform, is watching over Congress this week, President Barack Obama said, as it moves to take the last steps on legislation to  revamp the massive health industry.

Are folks ‘for’ or ‘agin’ healthcare reform? Both, according to the partisan rhetoric

March 17, 2010



Republicans say Americans don’t want the president’s healthcare reforms. Democrats beg to differ. What’s true? Depends how you figure, though as Mark Twain observed: figures don’t lie, but liars … well, you know.

Pelosi cracks whip for healthcare votes

March 16, 2010

USA-HEALTHCARE/PELOSI“I never stop whipping,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday.

She was, of course, talking about the virtually non-stop quest for healthcare votes.  (Sorry were you thinking something else?)

Tea Partiers converge on Washington to kill the (healthcare) bill

March 16, 2010


The rally began with an unaccompanied rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” sung to an oversized American flag hoisted aloft by a middle-aged man dressed like Captain America.

Company dispenses with lobbyists and launches bid for Congressional seat

March 15, 2010


Murray Hill is running for Congress to rid Washington of lobbyists and weak-kneed politicians once and for all. And there may be no better candidate, for Murray Hill is not a frail human being but a company.

Massa waning as news fodder but may rise again to plague Democrats

March 12, 2010


Eric Massa may soon vanish from the 24-7 news cycle. But the martyred Democrat, who says he fell from grace beneath the naked power of Satan’s spawn, could reappear some day soon as a burr under the saddles of his former congressional colleagues.