- Liberals to keep pressure on Obama for results (Associated Press) Obama adviser David Axelrod said the new president will not renege on winding down the conflict in Iraq. Obama says the challenges are simply too huge for the politics of labels; Democrats and Republicans must work together. Pragmatism rules. "I think what the American people want more than anything is just common sense, smart government," he said. "They don't want ideology."
- Battle Royale: Center-Right Versus Center-Left In the Democratic Party (Thomas B. Edsall, Huffington Post) The center-right vs. center-left conflict is now a dispute over the range of politically tenable policy options open to Democrats -- whether party leaders are significantly constrained by a pull to the right, or whether Obama and Congressional Democrats are free to enact aggressively progressive programs and legislation.
In open contests, voters beat politicians (by Paul Jacob, Town Hall) Term limits serve to shorten the time elected citizens must endure near the sulphurous pits of power, allowing a citizen to stay “citizen legislator” and not morph into a professional politician.