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Moments like this, with the press and the opposition party spinning furiously about "scandals," are always a little dispiriting for the party in the White House. Regardless of the merits of the latest exercises in Washington hysteria -- IRS, AP, and Benghazi -- you can't help but worry when the Washington Post runs headlines about the White House being back on its "heels."

But there are three reasons Democrats should be smiling through this moment:

1. It will pass. It may even be starting to pass, as everyone realizes these problems...

May 16, 2013

This week saw two highly predictable Washington events -- the Caps were booted from the NHL playoffs by the New York Rangers, and a second term President was caught up in media controversy. Of the two, the Caps loss was slightly more surprising.

Second term Presidents, for whatever combination of historical reasons, seems to run into this problem. Every two-term chief executive in my lifetime* has faced it: Nixon had Watergate -- the granddaddy of second term problems -- Reagan had Iran-Contra, Clinton had Monica Lewinsky, and Bush had...

May 15, 2013

The now familiar Red State, Blue State designations began during the 2000 presidential recount. Many of the news anchors covering the weeks-long escapade did so in front of color coded maps -- Gore states were blue and Bush states were red. 

I don't know that too much thought was put into assigning those colors, but I imagine it mostly centered on what looked good on television. Once red and blue were chosen, the party assignments were probably preordained. You could hardly give "red" to the Democrats, who had been slandered for decades as...

May 01, 2013