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Future of the Democrats : Controversy
Monday was a bad day for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who faces up to 300 years in prison after being convicted on 17 corruption-related counts.

Rod Blagojevich's guilty verdict: Winners and losers

The disgraced Democrat is convicted on 17 counts after trying to sell the president's old Senate seat. Did anyone benefit from this tawdry affair?

 
Future of the Democrats : The Bullpen
Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum: President Cuomo

The bold New York governor who brought same-sex marriage to the Empire State has become a civil rights hero — and a 2016 contender 

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband Mark Kelly retires from NASA this fall, and may be looking to politics for a career move.

Should Gabrielle Giffords' husband run for Senate?

Astronaut Mark Kelly retires to attend to his injured wife. And there's speculation that he might someday follow her into politics, too

 
Future of the Democrats : Best Column
Republican and Democratic senators mingle on Capitol Hill: The two-party system has become "archaic," say Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch in The Wall Street Journal.

The impending death of the two-party system

Republicans and Dems represent an ineffectual duopoly, argue Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch in The Wall Street Journal. And just look what happened in the beer industry...

 
Future of the Democrats : Wit
Well-coifed comic (and liberal agitator) Alec Baldwin is reportedly considering a run for New York City mayor, and bloggers, predictably enough, reacted dismissively.

Alec Baldwin: Mayor of New York?

With the disgraced Anthony Weiner out of the picture, the rubber-faced 30 Rock star may run for NYC mayor in 2013. Cue the laugh track

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
"We were the underdogs," Democrat Kathy Hochul said in her victory speech for the special House election Tuesday, a win some are calling a game-changer.

Democrat Kathy Hochul's upset victory in NY-26: 5 theories

A Democrat wins in a conservative congressional district's special election, after framing the vote as a referendum on the GOP's Medicare reform plans. What does it mean?

 
Future of the Democrats : Best Column
Without Nancy Pelosi helping to guide him, the president is drifting aimlessly in the political center, says Dana Milbank at The Washington Post.

Obama is 'rudderless' without Nancy Pelosi

For the last two years, the former House speaker acted as a liberal GPS for the president, says Dana Milbank at The Washington Post. Now, he's lost at sea

 
Future of the Democrats : Best Column
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is loud and aggressive, especially when it comes to the heath care bill, says Dana Milbank at The Washington Post. Other Democrats should take note.

The Democrats need more Weiners

While other Democrats meekly hope the health care debate goes away, Rep. Anthony Weiner is aggressively promoting the new law, says Dana Milbank in The Washington Post

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), inexplicably outfitted in a tiger suit, in a photo he distributed via email prior to the November 2010 election. His advisers reportedly staged interventions regarding his erratic behavior.

Oregon Democrat David Wu's 'bizarre' tiger-suit photo

A picture of the congressman in a children's costume has raised questions about his psychological well-being

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
The U.S. Army has sponsored NASCAR for a decade, spending $7 million in 2010 and $11.6 million in 2009.

Democrats vs. NASCAR

A Minnesota congresswoman wants to save money by scrapping the Pentagon's sponsorship of NASCAR. Smart idea or political suicide?

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), who will not seek reelection, once warned Obama that the president's push for health care legislation would end in "disaster."

Jim Webb's resignation: A body blow for the Democrats?

The Virginia senator won't contest his seat in 2012. How bad is this news for his party?

 
Future of the Democrats : Fact Sheet
The Tequila Party could help highlight the priorities of Hispanic voters, but some are calling the effort "racist."

What is the 'Tequila Party'?

Some Hispanic Democratic leaders want to follow the Tea Party's example and remove themselves from their party's fold

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) had a "moment of inadvertent public honesty," says one blogger.

Is the Democrats' lame-duck agenda 'rigged'?

So said Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, in front of a hot mic on the Senate floor. What did he mean?

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Nancy Pelosi won the minority leader position for the next Congress by more than 100 votes.

Why Democrats didn't sack Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi won her bid for House minority leader, beating a challenge from a Blue Dog Democrat ... and perplexing many pundits

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
The former Washington Redskins quarterback-turned-Congressman says another Pelosi term is "unacceptable."

Heath Shuler's 'quixotic' bid to replace Nancy Pelosi

The former NFL quarterback turned Blue Dog Democrat says he will attempt to sack the Democratic minority leader. Pundits agree he has no chance of winning. So why is he making the play?

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Some party members say Nancy Pelosi would not be able to secure the moderate candidates necessary for the Democrats to win back the House in 2012.

Should Democrats ditch Pelosi?

A burning question for diminished Dems: Should they keep the "toxic" Nancy Pelosi as minority leader, or get a fresh start with someone new?

 
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