Landrieu’s Last Hurrah

Republicans controlling both houses will undoubtedly change the dynamic of the next Congress, but the GOP’s new majority has already shaken up the status quo. Recent political movements on the stagnant issue of approval for the Keystone XL pipeline show the 114th Congress may be more interesting to watch than the new season of “Downton Abbey.” Read the entire piece here. 

President Declares a Political War He is Bound to Lose

President Obama’s speech to the nation last night – carried on cable news channels but not on the broadcast networks – was a declaration of political war, a war the president is almost certain to lose. How nakedly political was it? According to morning press reports, the address was subtitled in Spanish. Perhaps the White House has provided this service before, but I can’t find a record of it. That the president’s team decided to do it for, apparently, the first time this time only confirms the obvious. The speech was not about national policy or the national interest. It was about confrontation. And indeed its raw political purpose was the reason the major television networks gave on background for refusing to carry it. Read the entire piece here.