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Gets Worse


The GOP loses another senate seat as Gordon Smith falls in Oregon. What happened? In the end, the Democrats succeeded primarily because of two factors. First was the willingness of a little-known rookie speaker of the Oregon House, Jeff Merkley, to ignore the advice of friends who thought he should stay in his job and […]

Barney Frank, the gay Massachusetts congressman who faced a scandal, and a remprimand, 18 years ago for using his public powers to help his male prostitute boyfriend, is the first Democrat to say that Sarah Palin’s personal life should be part of the campaign conversation. “Apparently she’s a great favorite with the conservative social movement,” […]