March 22, 2013 |
Andrew Kohut is the founding director and former president of the Pew Research Center . He served as president of the Gallup Organization from 1979 to 1989. In my decades of polling, I recall only one moment when a party had been driven as far from the center as the Republican Party has been today. The outsize influence of hard-line elements in the party base is doing to the GOP what supporters of Gene McCarthy and George McGovern did to the Democratic Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s — radicalizing...
May 3, 2013 |
President Obama passed the 100-day mark of his second term facing questions about whether his political capital is already disappearing. Republicans took delight in his discomfort, but they have their own 100-day question to answer: What have they done since November to turn around their fortunes? The president has had a difficult spring. His gun legislation, though it mustered more than 50 votes, was blocked in the Senate . His advisers are more optimistic about immigration reform, but the ...
September 17, 2012
Joan Canty Democratic Party activist Joan Canty, 83, a Democratic Party activist who housed protesters in her Washington home during the Vietnam War and helped run an international exchange program for politicians and government officials, died of respiratory failure Aug. 12 at the Sunrise Senior Living facility in Washington. The death was confirmed by her son Brendan Canty. Joan McGowan was born in Seattle. In 1951, she graduated from what is now Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif.
May 19, 2011 |
As the budget process in Washington lurches from crisis to continuing resolution to debt limit scramble — with Congress seemingly incapable of dealing with fiscal issues without the prospect of immediate financial collapse — it is worth considering the structural reasons for this seriousness deficit. Some view the culprit as partisan polarization or the disproportionate power of Senate minorities — both of which play a role. But the main challenge is this: Our two-party system has produced a three-party government.
September 4, 2012 |
Some years, they speak of "the final eradication in America of the age-old evil of poverty," and then other years, the Democratic Party shifts its focus to "those who work hard, pay their bills, play by the rules . . . " In 1972 , the party promises "a guaranteed job for all," offering to "make the government the employer of last resort. " But 20 years later , the Democrats pivot and nearly apologize for themselves, appealing to "Americans who may have thought the Democratic...
April 29, 2013 |
Organized labor is snubbing the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee's annual Spring Ball on May 11 because of its support for last November's Question B ballot measure limiting certain kinds of collective bargaining by Montgomery police. Joslyn Williams, president of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO , told the committee in a letter last week that the council is urging local affiliates to boycott the fundraising event. "Given the long and close relationship...