Articles filed under Brazile, Donna

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  • Burly guards or bipartisanship? Apr 8, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: The National Rifle Association has finally issued its recommendations in the wake of the Newtown massacre, where 20 children and seven adults were murdered. The 225-page report misses the target by a mile.

  • Hope springs with spring Mar 31, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: Today I see the promise of the American "can-do" spirit that clung on during the long, hard years of the recession, bursting into bloom. I see a renewing of our national values, a resurgence of compassion for the poor, a reviving of our American dream; working together regardless of differences for our common good. I love spring. I love this spring especially. It's bringing hope reborn.

  • The Clintons on gay marriage Mar 26, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: Since at least 1992, the Clintons have been a very public family. They have evolved and grown on the national stage. Their changes, we are coming to realize, reflect our changes as a society, which may help explain why we have come to appreciate Bill, Hillary and Chelsea more over the years.

  • Where’s the beef? Mar 14, 2013 10:26 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: Here's an idea for Rep. Paul Ryan, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: Stop crowing about the sequester cuts at the same time you're flapping in faux panic about the effect of the cuts. Instead of trying to force-feed rancid austerity down the throats of the American public, sit down with President Obama and congressional Democrats and work on a fiscal recipe that empowers the middle class.

  • Right to vote is not a ‘racial entitlement’ Mar 11, 2013 4:00 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: The expected 5-4 decision to strike down Section 5, along with a long-standing disdain for Congress and de facto disenfranchisement of voters, would further damage the reputation of a Supreme Court

  • In it for himself or for America? Sep 18, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: At a time of mourning, there is no big picture, only pain. And resolve. And the closer we come to silence, the more eloquent we are.

  • GOP missing the bus on immigration Jul 5, 2012 10:52 AM
    The John F. Kennedy Center hosted a musical last month titled “First You Dream.” When I noticed the ad, I thought about President Obama’s initiative through the Department of Homeland Security to allow undocumented immigrant youth to continue school or work without fear of deportation. Now, those young people can dream, too. That’s the way this country started: with dreams. We’ve been a nation of immigrants who first dreamed of better lives. Even before the Statue of Liberty welcomed “the huddled masses yearning to be free,” we welcomed the hardworking and the hopeful. I’m a Democrat, but I’m first and foremost a citizen. And it’s as a citizen that I’m grateful we have a president who is not afraid to take risks — even when failure (or success!) could cost his re-election. He went after Osama bin Laden when others said they wouldn’t. He passed the first and only national health care legislation — something many other presidents have advocated, but which caused extraordinary bitterness among congressional Republicans. He voiced his personal support for marriage equality. And when Congress refused to pass the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant children, he ordered immigration officials to stop deporting them until Congress did move. Mitt Romney quickly passed judgment on Obama’s directive, calling it a “ploy.” Romney told CBS’s Bob Schieffer, “Well, as you know, (Obama) was president for the last three and a half years, (but) did nothing on immigration.” Unfortunately, this statement ignores a lot of bipartisan progress on immigration reform that has taken place during Obama’s term. Obama promoted and campaigned for the DREAM Act in 2008. While the Democrats were still in control of Congress, Obama secured the House passage of the DREAM Act by 216 to 198 votes. Eight Republicans voted for its passage. However, the DREAM Act stalled in the Senate when Republicans supporters of similar legislation flip-flopped and voted to prevent the DREAM Act from coming to a vote. Those flipping included Senators John McCain, Jon Kyl, Orrin Hatch, Sam Brownback and Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Though 55 senators voted in favor of passage, it fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the roadblock. Republicans who backtracked on their support for immigrant youth said they were opposed to it until the border was secure. Now, thanks to President Obama, the border is increasingly secure. He and Congress have cooperated to increase border security. New illegal immigration has dropped to a trickle. Yet, Republican opposition to the DREAM Act remains. Prior to the Obama administration’s decision, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had discussed introducing a Republican alternative to the DREAM Act, yet the bill has yet to be publicly released. He has blamed the Obama announcement for putting the bill on hold, but it seems more likely that he is having trouble garnering conservative support for the legislation. Perhaps part of the difficulty in getting Republicans on board with rational immigration reform is that their party’s presidential nominee has made such outlandish statements on the matter. Romney has said he would veto the DREAM Act. He suggested that Arizona’s questionably constitutional immigration law is a “model” for the country and said that his immigration reform plan was to make life so difficult for undocumented immigrants that they would “self-deport.” It seems that Romney now wants to walk back these extreme positions, but the record is there. This all demonstrates the dilemma that Romney boxed himself into (the same trap the previous nominee, John McCain, fell into). If you try to woo Latino voters with a proposal for just and comprehensive immigration reform, you lose your conservative base. If you make outlandish statements about “self-deportation” during the Republican primary, you find yourself out of step with the rest of the American public, who support the Obama administration’s recent decision by a 2-to-1 margin. Speaking of Sen. McCain, his 2008 campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, had this advice for Republicans after the last election: “If the party does not figure out a way to appeal to Latino voters, it will become increasingly difficult, and maybe impossible, to ever again win a national election.” For President Obama, this is one instance where smart policy was also smart politics. It’s time for Republicans to get on the bus: We need comprehensive immigration reform now. Our country was built by immigrants; it’s time to do right by them all. © 2012, United Features Syndicate Inc.

  • Short-term memory Jun 19, 2012 6:21 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: President Obama must be careful about playing prevent defense this election season. Conservative play — or politics — won't serve him or the country well.

  • Zero-sum means everybody loses Jun 10, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: We need more leaders willing to work together for the common good, not fewer. And we certainly don't need the national family to look like Wisconsin's family looks today, frayed and at political war with itself.

  • Tallying the reality of Obama’s success Jan 11, 2012 5:29 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: As we enter the silly season where the media focus is on nonstop election coverage, it’s helpful to recall some of the facts about President Obama's successes.

  • The die is cast, the fight is on Oct 11, 2011 5:00 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: Sarah Palin has a star quality that the existing Republican contenders still lack. Polls show Republicans are underwhelmed by the choices currently available to them, even from a generous crop of experienced candidates.

  • The Republican strategy over principle Feb 21, 2011 5:08 PM
    The bottom line is that the Republican leadership although giving lip service to bipartisan cuts will seek partisan goals first. And tea party Republicans will seek common goals first.

  • GOP establishment the odd man out Feb 14, 2011 10:39 AM
    Republicans gained members in the Senate and captured the House. Ironically, in the process of inciting their base into thinking every Democrat was a Joseph Stalin, they encouraged the tea party movement. Today, those newly elected members oppose them.

  • One man for the people Jan 24, 2011 1:42 PM
    Obama should choose to use his “bully pulpit.” He must go over the heads of the politicians and lobbyists, and take his vision directly to the American people.

  • Invisible recovery still needs volunteers Nov 28, 2010 8:52 AM
    Remember that recession? It ended more than a year ago, the economists say. Surprised? Me, too. I think it’s safe to say the news hasn’t made it to most folks yet. Nor has the reality. By some estimates, more than 25 million people are unemployed, underemployed or have simply given up the search for work.

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