Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

Never underestimate a political party’s capacity for self-wounding. Democrats expect to lose the House in November partly because the base is uninspired. “Apart from universal health care, far-reaching reform of financial regulation, and an $800bn stimulus, what has the Obama administration ever done for me?” Now the tea party, having (among other things) given Harry Reid a good chance of victory in a state that wants him gone, finally goes postal in Delaware. Take an easy victory, turn it into a likely loss — and let joy be unconfined. “What does it matter if this costs Republicans control of the Senate? Better a Democrat than a RINO.”

It’s the principle of the thing.

Clive Crook’s blog

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I have been the FT's Washington columnist since April 2007. I moved from Britain to the US in 2005 to write for the Atlantic Monthly and the National Journal after 20 years working at the Economist, most recently as deputy editor. I write mainly about the intersection of politics and economics.

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