American Debate Archive: January, 2009

The GOP shows some Steele

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By electing Michael Steele as its new national chairman late this afternoon, the Republican party did well for itself. Steele is an African-American... Read more

An election in the wilderness

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The week concludes with a dose of drama in the Republican party. But it can hardly be called a festive occasion, given the bleak mood of... Read more

Nothing left to lose

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With apologies to the artist formerly known as Prince, it appears that the Republicans want to party like it's 1993. That was Bill Clinton's... Read more

Kristol clear

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So I opened The New York Times on Monday morning, turning quickly to the op-ed page in order to get my weekly Bill Kristol fix, and, as... Read more

Mapping a climate of fear

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There are all sorts of disturbing things in this world - such as Rod Blagojevich comparing his impeachment to Pearl Harbor, and doomed... Read more

Tough tests for the Obama brand

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This post is a retooled and expanded version of my Sunday print column. With research and brainstorming assistance from UPenn student/political... Read more

Sunlight over secrecy

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Elections do matter. Voting does make a difference. Case in point: When George W. Bush was in office, secrecy trumped sunlight. Today, with... Read more

The party of no

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These are tough times for the loyal opposition. After long years of mismanagement, the Republicans have been banished to the sidelines... Read more