February 17, 2010
It is a ritual for politicians to say they are stepping down to spend more time with their families. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) no doubt looks forward to that pleasure too, but on Monday he offered a different, and compelling, explanation for his decision not to seek a third term: his exasperation with the way hyper-partisanship has sabotaged the legislative process. "For some time, I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should," Bayh said. "There is too much partisanship and not enough progress -- too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving.
February 11, 2010
The Times has said it repeatedly: The job of lieutenant governor is not vital to the well-being of Californians. But for now there is such a post, it is vacant, and the governor has appointed the capable and moderate Republican Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria to fill it. Now Assembly Democrats are trying to block him for reasons that are transparently partisan and self-serving. They should put the interests of the state ahead of their own Machiavellian strategizing and confirm Maldonado.
May 16, 1992 |
The grand era of commentary on nightly network TV news is long gone, but this week's NBC confirmation of John Chancellor's coming departure seemed to make it official. A significant field once populated by the likes of Eric Sevareid, Howard K. Smith, David Brinkley, Bill Moyers and Chancellor, it now is virtually deserted, robbing the Big Three networks of yet another arena that distinguished them from the pack.
January 21, 1992 |
Democratic candidate John A. Durkin learned something about the temptations and risks of blaming the Japanese in 1990, when he complained that his opponent for the U.S. Senate was benefiting from TV ads purchased by Japanese auto dealers. The ads questioned Durkin's stance on free trade. But Durkin's attack on Republican Rep. Robert C.
January 21, 2010
Republican Scott Brown's victory in the race to succeed the late Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts throws a sudden roadblock in front of President Obama's legislative agenda, ending the filibuster-proof coalition that the 58 Senate Democrats had assembled with two independents. It's also a rebuke to the majority party's pursuit of an array of ambitious initiatives at a time when the public is focused on one thing only: the stumbling economy. The most vulnerable of those initiatives is healthcare reform, which skittish Democrats may be tempted to abandon in the face of mounting public skepticism.