February 17, 2020

Obama PR and polls

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 Obama PR and polls By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Just weeks after a government shutdown fight took the Republican Party to a record low in popularity, it is President Obama’s turn to be on the receiving end of the public’s wrath. A new NBC/Wall Street […]

Far from the suffering they caused

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 Far from the suffering they caused By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Who really was hurt by the government shutdown? Government employees? Yes, but to a very limited degree because Congress is compensating them for the down time, which means they were the recipients of an […]

Safe havens

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 Safe havens By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – The current War in Afghanistan, the Soviet War in Afghanistan, the Vietnam War, the French Indochina War, and the Korean War all have a common thread: opposition forces prevailed or survived due to safe havens. Following World War […]

World looks askance at American democracy

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 World looks askance at American democracy By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Everybody in Washington is congratulating themselves on avoiding financial disaster, and there were a couple days there when things looked like they could get out of hand. But the world saw it one way, […]

Zealots are not politicians

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 Zealots are not politicians By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – If there has been a weaker House Speaker than Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, his name does not come to mind, and with the exception of rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., they’ve all been men. In any event, […]

Could the Fed save America

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 Could the Fed save America By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – President Obama says if the impasse with Congress continues, he will not use the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to raise the debt ceiling on his own. Aside from the legality, which as a constitutional […]

Five funny reasons

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 Five funny reasons By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – House Republicans are flailing around trying to find a way out of the government shutdown, and to rationalize how they got us all into this pickle in the first places. They’re tried out a number of arguments […]

These are the times that try men’s patience

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 These are the times that try men’s patience By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON –Is this is the new political landscape where a minority of lawmakers can hold the majority hostage to reverse laws they don’t like? If so, any law will be vulnerable to blackmail. But […]

Battle of Billionaires

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Founded by Drew Pearson 1932 Battle of Billionaires By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – The Battle of the Budget is peaking; the Battle of Billionaires is about to begin. In 1993, First Lady Hillary Clinton spearheaded the campaign for national health insurance and failed, in part due to the insurance industry’s […]