March 1, 2012 |
Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship. I have been immeasurably honored to serve the people of Maine for nearly 40 years in public office and for the past 17 years in the United States Senate. It was incredibly difficult to decide that I would not seek a fourth term in the Senate . Some people were surprised by my conclusion, yet I have spoken on the floor of the Senate for years about the dysfunction and political...
June 15, 2012 |
1 . Marco Rubio is too inexperienced to be vice president. Rubio's short time in Washington — he's been in the Senate only since January 2011 — is often cited as a drawback to his joining the Republican ticket. Well, there was another freshman senator whom voters deemed ready for the White House not long ago: Barack Obama. Obama had been in the Senate barely two years when he announced that he was running for president. He came to Washington after serving three terms in the Illinois legislature.
April 2, 2013 |
With the pick of Caroline Kennedy as his ambassador to Japan , President Obama seems to be channeling an unlikely muse: Richard Nixon . Obama and Tricky Dick are generally thought to have little in common. But on ambassadorships, the two presidents seem quite sympatico. Our pals over at the University of Virginia's Miller Center , whose scholars are transcribing and annotating all the secret White House tapes, noted a parallel between Obama's selection of Kennedy, a well-known former first daughter, and...
April 24, 2008
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November 14, 2009
You repeated a common error by stating in your Nov. 8 lead editorial, "Small steps on climate change," that the Senate "refused to ratify" the Kyoto Protocol, which set targets for greenhouse gas emissions. Nobody asked it to. Before the protocol was finalized, in July 1997, the Senate resolved by a 95 to 0 vote that the United States should not sign any agreement that omitted binding targets for developing countries or that would seriously harm the U.S. economy. Although the United States signed the protocol more than a year later, in November...
November 18, 2009
Steven Pearlstein has done a great public service by calling attention to the undemocratic ways of the U.S. Senate ["Want real reform? Let's start with Congress," Economy & Business , Nov. 11]. It is time for the Senate to get back to majority rule and stop caving to the threat of a filibuster. As Mr. Pearlstein points out, the "wholesale disregard for majority rule" violates the U.S. Constitution, which "expressly delineates a limited number of instances in which anything other than a majority vote is required.