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First to National Ticket: Franken or Pawlenty?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I think Christian is right: Pawlenty seems much likelier to hit the national ticket first. But indulge me, if you will, in a little time-travel.

CHRISTIAN HEINZE: You make a pretty good argument for Al Franken, but I’m going to be a Kardashian (the Dad one) and eviscerate your case. Continue reading

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Howard Dean: No Friend to Democrats

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’ve had it with Howard Dean. I’ve had it with the impolitic statements, with the sense of entitlement that seems to come from a single, failed presidential campaign, and I’ve had it with the idea that Dean represents much of anything within the Democratic Party. And his opposition to the Cordoba House is just the final straw.

DAVE TOMAR: Howard Dean was, for a time in 2004, the man of the hour. So many of us gravitated toward Dean for his bold antiwar stance, his no nonsense demeanor and the fact that he seemed less likely to be a re-animated corpse than John Kerry. So what if he seemed to be kind of a dick. Continue reading

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Immigration: Missed Democratic Opportunity?

JESSICA BADER: I agree that the Democratic Party should be embracing immigration reform, and to a large extent it is. President Obama supports comprehensive immigration reform, as do the party’s Congressional leaders and many of the rank-and-file members. It’s also a top priority of the liberal base. The problem is what the problem so often is – Democrats can’t present a unified message on a key issue because some of their most conservative members won’t go along with it.

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: It is past time the Democratic Party embraced immigration reform, not only because U.S. immigration laws badly need fixing, but also because doing so will drive a wedge into the Republican Party while simultaneously picking up lost Latino, Catholic, and – yes – even evangelical votes. Continue reading

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Afghanistan: What Comes Next

JEREMY FUGLEBERG: Sen. John Kerry would oppose sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, even if Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the NATO effort there, would request reinforcements.

Instead, Kerry proposes getting more countries involved, as if that’s the solution to Afghanistan’s situation. At best, his is a throw-up-your-hands suggestion and at worst, it’s empty talk and way too late.

HOWARD MEGDAL: While much of Barack Obama’s remaining domestic agenda hangs in the balance of the 2010 midterm elections, his only hope for further funding of the war in Afghanistan may come from a GOP landslide. Continue reading

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Rep. Joe Barton and the GOP

HOWARD MEGDAL: As a Democrat, it is tremendous to see the Republicans beginning to catch up in the always-lose game of “eating their own”.

Look, what Barton said isn’t going away. It is going to be in ads across the country, in any place where the oil spill is resonating with voters, or where the Democrats decide to nationalize the election. And any after-the-fact actions, like getting Barton to step down from his post as ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, or his series of apologies. Continue reading

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