Episode 102 – This is Not 1994, the Midterms and the Future

You’ve heard about the elections, seen a lot of the analysis, but Jeff and Glenn have a different take on this than most folks. They explain why old fashioned ground games still matter, how Tip O’Neil’s famous saying that all politics is local doesn’t apply to this election, and most important why this is NOT 1994. Glenn and Jeff explain how President Obama’s situation differs substantially from President Clinton’s, and that for Obama to achieve a lot of what Clinton did, he needs to change his approach, his staff and his legislative focus. Jeff argues that a commission of all things, where most things go to die in Washington, might serve as the lifeblood of the Obama presidency, if he can wade into the details and get out in front of Republicans rather than standing back and letting Congress take the lead like he did with health care reform. Jeff also argues that the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts should not be handled by the Lame Duck session, but by the new Congress, while Glenn argues that the existing Congress is fine to handle this issue. Both agree that exempting those who make more than $1 million makes sense, but that soon-to-be Speaker Boehner and Sen. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have their hands fuil in dealing with South Carolina Republican Sen Jim DeMint and those beholden to the tea party.

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One response to “Episode 102 – This is Not 1994, the Midterms and the Future

  1. Let me first say that I am a fan of your podcast. I’ve been following your episodes for a few months now and I like your format of bringing multiple points of view into conversation and debate and while disagreeing from time to time always being able to keep your cool and not breaking out into screaming fest and such. It’s a great format. Politicians should take notes from you guys.

    I agree that gridlock is what we should expect from these changes. It seems to me the American people gave Dems a chance because they voted based more on feelings than understanding of what they think is best for this Nation. After seeing the Dems do very little they probably figured they were better off the other way around. Now the American people have the task of evaluating this Administration and the Republican Controlled Congress to see whos really at fault for the next 2 years of gridlock.

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