Stanley Kutler: McConnell wanted the president not to propose his own agenda and policies, but to offer “solutions” that would satisfy Republicans — and undoubtedly on their own terms.
Berry Craig: Mitch McConnell’s critics nicknamed him “Darth Vader,” a handle he evidently likes, for his hard-edged, uber-conservative, compromise-equals-surrender politics.
Joseph Palermo: Ending the filibuster is within the realm of possibility if only the Democrats had the guts to do it.
STeve Hochstadt: Republican policy will mean relief for profit, outside of public control, in a new age of deadly storms. Democratic policy will mean strong public control of relief, combined with an effort to slow down global warming.
Robert Reich: The biggest election news this week won’t be who wins the presidential debate Wednesday night. It will be how many new jobs were created in September, announced Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Karen Finney: Between now and Election Day, every Democratic candidate up and down the ballot should call on his or her Republican opponents to defend the GOP plan to increase taxes on middle-class Americans,
Joseph Palermo: Wall Street banks should be pouring money into Obama’s reelection since he’s been so good to them, and the neocons should be rejoicing in his establishing precedent for more unchecked executive power.
Berry Craig: If the GOP justices gang up to turn thumbs down on the Affordable Care Act, it might even boost the president by firing up the Democratic faithful and convincing more than a few independents that the Supreme Court really is a lapdog for Congressional Republicans and not a watchdog for the Constitution.
Berry Craig: The Republican food fight for the presidential nomination has proved “moderate” is as dirty a word as “liberal” in the tea party-tilting GOP.
Joseph Palermo: These powerful right-wing political obstacles that must be sidelined if progressive change can have any chance of success, whether Obama is at the helm or any number of the string of future presidents he now tells us we’ll probably need.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans believe that continuing high unemployment will bring Obama down, so they want to preserve what they feel is their winning card: a bad economy.
Brent Budowsky: Rick Perry’s impersonation of Ron Paul is caused by Perry’s panic while his campaign collapses, while terrified Republicans try to entice the freshman governor and unqualified Chris Christie to enter the race.
Robert Reich: Whatever shred of doubt you may have harbored about the determination of congressional Republicans to keep the economy in the dumps through Election Day should now be gone.