The State of Speechmaking about the State of the Union

Last night's State of the Union address was replete with platitudes, buzzwords, lame rhetorical tricks, and the same old same old. There was nothing, new, path-breaking or consequential that came out of it. Given former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's admission that President Obama "stopped trying to change Washington years ago," I suppose that none of …

I Am Running Out of Ways to Say that the Implementation of Obamacare Is Still Highly Problematic

In the immediate aftermath of the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, Ezra Klein was one of the few liberals willing to say that the website was a catastrophe, and that the unworkability of the website actually threatened the implementation of Obamacare as a whole. Afterwards, he dialed back his criticisms (maybe Joan Walsh had something to do …

Thank Goodness that Charles Krauthammer Can Strategize, Because Many Republicans Can’t.

There is talk amongst Republicans about forcing a government shutdown in order to defund Obamacare. Krauthammer shows why the idea should be a complete non-starter: This is nuts. The president will never sign a bill defunding the singular achievement of his presidency. Especially when he has control of the Senate. Especially when, though a narrow 51 …