Tales from the Trail

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

March 18, 2010

CHINA

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

HEALTH INFLUENZA

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

OBAMA/

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

USA-HEALTHCARE/OBAMA

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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

USA-HEALTHCARE/PELOSI

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

USA/

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

AUTOS/BAILOUT

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.

Republican wants more Massa exposure but Democrat says it’s over

March 10, 2010

House Republican Eric Cantor thinks Congress should get to the bottom of Eric Massa’s bizarre tale of congressional nudity, satanic White House advisers, the groping of men (or not) and a congressional healthcare putsch by Democrats. But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says the case is over. 
 

Massa: some tickling, nothing sexual, and it’s about healthcare vote

March 10, 2010

One day after resigning as a freshman congressman from Upstate New York, Eric Massa has found his 15 minutes of fame. USA-CONGRESS/MASSA