Bush 43: hiding behind Cheney?

31 May 2009 |permalink | email article

The conventional media wisdom has been, as a Politico headline put it, “Bush, Cheney split on Obama.” Forget it!

The theory was that Bush was sticking to his promise to leave President Obama alone. His former press secretary Dana… read full story

Roland Burris: the long goodbye

29 May 2009 |permalink | email article

The Illinois Democratic senator is slowly twisting in the wind and telling various tales about being appointed by then Gov. Rod Blagojevich to Barack Obama’s former seat.

Burris’s newest version is that he was only trying to placate Blagojevich’s… read full story

Sotomayor: GOP dilemma

28 May 2009 |permalink | email article

While the party’s radical right has opened fire on Judge Sotomayor, President Obama’s bold political stroke in the historic nomination of her as the first Latina women to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court has racial and gender consequences… read full story

Petraeus gets it right

27 May 2009 |permalink | email article

General David Petraeus, hailed by the conservative right as the preeminent military figure of his generation, said that President Obama’s decision to close down Gitmo and end harsh interrogations would benefit the U.S. in the broader war on terror.

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Sotomayor tapped by Obama

26 May 2009 |permalink | email article

The President today made history in naming Sonia Sotomayor, of Puerto Rican descent, born in the Bronx, and a judge in the federal appeals court in New York, as his nominee to succeed retiring Justice David H. Souter on… read full story

Krugman: California’s meltdown

26 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Paul Krugman writes: “California, it has long claimed, is where the future happens first.”

But he asks in the New York Times: “Who would have thought that America’s largest state, a state whose economy is larger than that… read full story

No surprise: Feinstein’s out

25 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has finally said that “it’s very unlikely” that she’ll seek the Democratic nomination for governor next year. While stopping short of saying “no” to the San Francisco Chronicle her message was quite clear.

Pollsters have long… read full story

Obama: No to Arnold

24 May 2009 |permalink | email article

The President gave a definitive answer on C-SPAN yesterday when asked whether the financial crisis in California would force a federal bailout for the state.

The most that the administration would do, he said, is continue helping states roll… read full story

Villaraigosa: in or out?

22 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Will the ambitious Los Angeles mayor run for California governor in 2010? On the surface it doesn’t look promising.

His weak showing in winning reelection in March with just 55% of the vote started to raise questions. Then, unlike… read full story

Meltdown begins: seeing red

21 May 2009 |permalink | email article

The crushing defeat Tuesday of five of the six budget-balancing proposals backed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders will be a major story about cuts and layoffs for a long time.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s intrepid Carla… read full story

L.A. political earthquake

20 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Carmen Trutanich, a former Los Angeles County gang and environmental prosecutor, defeated City Councilman Jack Weiss in a landslide to become the next Los Angeles city attorney.

While a stunning defeat for the establishment and labor, the biggest loser… read full story

Angry voters blame Sacramento

19 May 2009 |permalink | email article

The LA Weekly is brutal: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to the lay the biggest ballot-box egg of his career, even worse than the failure of his disastrous 2005 Year of Reform propositions.
Veteran Fresno Bee columnist Jim… read full story

The Audacity of Humility

18 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Andrew Sullivan, a convert to Catholicism, writes in the Atlantic that he found two passages in President Obama’s Notre Dame commencement speech deeply Christian.

The first dealt with a simple statement of fact:

Understand – I do not… read full story

Obama’s Bombshell: Huntsman

17 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Liberal Democrats have begun to fear the worst: Barack Obama on the campaign trail was beginning to appear different than the candidate they cheered on to a landslide victory. Instead, they whisper, and the media reports, the president is… read full story

Ramirez and official silence

16 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Bud Selig and Scott Boras, giants in baseball, have yet to comment about the 50 game suspension of Dodger slugger Manny Ramirez for using a banned substance.

That Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball who also owns the… read full story

Socialism and social security

15 May 2009 |permalink | email article

The hapless Republican National Committee holds an extraordinary session next week to approve a resolution rebranding Democrats as the “Democrat Socialist Party.”

RNC Chairman Michael Steele, the first black to lead the party, wrote a memo last month… read full story

Obama and Notre Dame - II

14 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Opposition to Sunday’s Notre Dame commencement address by President Barack Obama has turned into a virtual religious war within the American Catholic Church by self-appointed watchdogs of orthodoxy.

The uproar is such that Bishop Robert W. Finn told an… read full story

Obama and Notre Dame - I

13 May 2009 |permalink | email article

For sectarian Catholics, as America, the Jesuit weekly noted, it is not adherence to the church’s doctrine on the evil of abortion that counts for orthodoxy, but adherence to a particular political program and fierce opposition to any program… read full story

The Manny Chronicles

12 May 2009 |permalink | email article

When Major League Baseball suspended the Los Angeles Dodger slugger Manny Ramirez for 50 games last week for the use of a banned substance, manager Joe Torre expressed disappointment, but strong support for his return while dismissing his behavior… read full story

Sarah Palin

08 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Another small but significant sign emerges that the governor is at best a meteor, not a comet. Her positive rating in Alaska, 86 percent a year ago, has plunged to just 54%. 

But Palin will join the Republican… read full story

Who’s sorry now?

07 May 2009 |permalink | email article

You wonder what the man who once called himself a “Kennedy Democrat” is thinking. Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), facing a serious reelection challenge and nudged by the White House, switched parties. From there it’s all gone down hill.

First,… read full story

Governor targets firefighters

06 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Arnold Schwarzenegger, with polls indicating California voters may reject key ballot measures in the May 19 special election, has threatened the unthinkable: eliminating over 1,700 state firefighting positions and closing scores of fire stations just as another major fire… read full story


05 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Arlen Specter epitomizes the cult of political self interest, even after the Democrats welcomed the Pennsylvania Republican into the fold.

Not well known is that when Specter decided to run for Philadelphia district attorney in 1965 he proclaimed himself… read full story

A careful pragmatist?

04 May 2009 |permalink | email article

President Obama, with Justice David H. Souter retiring this summer, could have more than one opportunity early in his first term to affect the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court.

At the moment, as the fight over any nominee… read full story

Blue Plymouth

03 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Calbuzz, a welcome new blog published by veteran former California political editors Jerry Roberts (SF Chronicle) and Phil Trounstine (San Jose Mercury News), has an amusing tale about the state owned 1974 blue Plymouth which Attorney General Jerry Brown… read full story

Read ‘em and weep

02 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Mark Penn, the relentless chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, has come up with a piece of fantasy speculation about the outcome of the 2008 Democratic primary race almost a year late.

Suppose John Edwards had… read full story

Wake-up call

01 May 2009 |permalink | email article

Stunned Republicans, responding to Arlen Specter’s return to the Democratic Party, have begun a sweeping debate about their future. The pivotal issue is whether to embrace traditional conservative roots or widen their appeal to attract more moderates as a… read full story

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