Former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean characterizes the tea party as 'almost entirely over 55 and white.' He says tea partyers are driven by the economy but also discomfort about the nation's demographic changes.
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean criticized departing White House aides for acting like 'they knew everything and we knew nothing.'
At a Dec. 8 Monitor breakfast, Democratic pollster Peter Hart discussed the public's view of Obama, the 2012 presidential and Senate elections, and cutting the federal deficit.
The American people were expecting a JFK for the 21st century in Obama, but they aren't yet sure who they got, says Peter Hart, an influential Democratic pollster.
If the deal to renew the Bush tax cuts adds jobs and boosts the economy, as many analysts predict, it will improve President Obama's chances for reelection, says Democratic pollster Peter Hart.
At a Dec. 2 Monitor breakfast, soon to be House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin discussed what he likes in the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's final report, but why he planned to vote against it.
Rep. Paul Ryan, soon to be House Budget Committee chairman, said he had no idea whether members of the White House were taking the national debt seriously, because he has little contact with them.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin praised Obama's debt commission report at a Monitor Breakfast Thursday, but said he wouldn't vote for it because it fattened health care.
TSA chief John Pistole cites 'determined, resourceful enemy' in defending airport body screenings and pat downs that some passengers say are too intrusive. But no plans for body cavity searches.
At a Nov. 19 Monitor breakfast, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles discussed their plan to lower the US budget deficit, arguing that if reform doesn't happen, 'the choices will be made for us.'
GOP strategist Bill McInturff sizes up the 2010 election results two days after the midterms. His takeaway: Voters rebuffed Obama's policies, and Republicans need to 'get stuff done.'
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole told reporters at a Monitor Breakfast Monday that body cavity searches at airport checkpoints are 'not where we are.'
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole told reporters at a Monitor Breakfast that the TSA had no plans to alter controversial screening practices, despite public outcry.
The US would get in quick financial trouble and military funding could be jeopardized if Congress ignores the recommendations of the deficit commission, its co-chairs say.
Many new Republicans were elected on a platform of shrinking the federal government. The first big test of their sincerity it coming, with a vote on whether to let the US borrow more money to increase the national debt. Deficit commission co-chair Alan Simpson says he 'can't wait.'
Democratic strategist James Carville points out that for the past 76 years the GOP has picked its most senior white male to run for president. That would mean Mitt Romney.
Democratic strategists James Carville and Stanley Greenberg say President Obama should admit mistakes and clearly lay out a plan going forward.
At a Sept. 22 Monitor Breakfast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about youth violence, performance-based teacher salaries, and rising college tuition.
The divisions the tea party brought to the GOP could cause trouble come 2012, says Republican pollster Bill McInturff.
Members of President Obama's party unhappy with his military policy choices, especially in Afghanistan, could mount a primary challenge against him, says Republican strategist Bill McInturff.