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Crisis management and Obamacare

Lanny Davis
Former Special Counsel to President Clinton
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, at an Organizing for Action grassroots supporter event in Washington, November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

As a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” I want the problems to be fixed and for the program to succeed. After all, we are the only Western democracy that does not provide some form of national health insurance or guaranteed access to healthcare to all citizens.

Democrats beware: Don’t underestimate Ted Cruz

6:55 PM 10/23/2013

How many liberal pundits, bloggers and commentators have attacked first-term Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in personal terms of contempt and ridicule? Almost all.

Government shutdown? Lessons from Bill Clinton’s “Third Way”

5:19 PM 09/25/2013

Polls show that most Americans will blame House Republicans — not President Obama or congressional Democrats — if Speaker John Boehner and his Tea Party-driven caucus continue to insist that the president either defund Obamacare or shut down the federal government.

Obama’s profile in courage

3:00 PM 09/11/2013

In my view, Barack Obama’s speech on Syria yesterday was the high point of his presidency. Ultimately it could cement his place in history the way President Kennedy’s courage and resolve during the Cuban missile crisis did for him.

The anti-Clinton media: here we go again

2:58 PM 08/21/2013

Not everyone is as apparently obsessed with writing vitriol about the Clintons as Maureen Dowd, the Times' op ed columnist. For example, last Saturday, Ms. Dowd compared the Clintons to the self-destructive cartoon character, Wile E. Coyote. Her first example of "little explosions" for which she holds the Clintons responsible, and I am not making this up -- the tragic and painful experience of Huma Abedin, due to the conduct of her husband, NYC mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner, whom she loves and forgives. Go figure.

My field of dreams: I’m stickin’ with the Nats

6:52 PM 08/12/2013

Some weeks ago I wrote a column about my love for the Washington Nationals baseball team. And I noted that despite major political polarization in Washington, there is one place where Republicans and Democrats forget their partisanship and join hands -- and that is at Nationals Park rooting for the Nats.

Where is the president on Sen. Gillibrand’s bipartisan sexual assault bill?

10:04 AM 07/25/2013

Some things that happen in Washington, D.C., have come to be expected, such as hyperpartisanship in the Congress along sharp "red" vs. "blue" lines.

DC’s purple field of dreams

12:48 AM 07/18/2013

Thomas Jefferson said at his first inauguration in March of 1801: “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”

For me, gay marriage is no purple issue

8:48 PM 07/10/2013

“To officiate a union that is expressly not for the same godly purpose of procreation and to call such a relationship ‘sanctified’ is unacceptable to a sound mind," wrote N. Michael Nunn, a member of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, in a letter to fellow Persian Jews and congregants opposing gay marriage ceremonies at the temple.

Striking the right balance between national security and freedom of the press

5:00 PM 05/30/2013

I have known and been a friend of Attorney General Eric Holder for many years. He is a progressive Democrat who believes in First Amendment values and especially vigorous freedom for investigative reporters to publish the facts. So I give the attorney general a heavy presumption of good faith and trying to make the best judgment at the time.

If reports are true, Ruemmler should resign

6:36 PM 05/16/2013

I have been told today by several reporters that President Obama's White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, knew for several days, perhaps weeks, about the IRS story, i.e., that some IRS officials engaged in political targeting of conservative groups; and that she did not tell the president as soon as she knew, even partial reports, about the story.

The purple Michael Smerconish

12:09 PM 05/02/2013

I recall very well the first time I was on the Michael Smerconish radio talk show on WPHT in Philadelphia. He was doing a nationally syndicated talk show carried by 70 stations across the U.S. He was also a well-read and respected columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

George Bush is a good man

3:54 PM 04/24/2013

On April 25, on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, Texas, four living presidents — Jimmy Carter, No. 39; George H.W. Bush, No. 41; Bill Clinton, No. 42, and Barack Obama, No. 44 — will honor one of their colleagues, George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, at the dedication of his presidential library.

A wrong purple moment for Obama and Boehner

3:54 PM 03/20/2013

I have been writing this “Purple Nation” column for a long time, waiting for the “purple moment” when President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would agree on an important position on the budget and deficits. Little did I know that when it finally happened, I would be disappointed, to say the least.

Obama’s trip to Israel and the best path to peace

4:11 PM 02/28/2013

There are many pro-Israel Americans, including members of the American Jewish community, who believe that the best strategy for bringing Israel and the Palestinians to the peace table is for President Obama to try to appear neutral or even lean toward the Palestinian/Arab world viewpoint, pushing Israel to the peace table and in the negotiating process.

When will they ever learn?

3:28 PM 02/20/2013

As obvious as are the fundamental rules of effective crisis management, time-tested over the ages, it is amazing how often the same mistakes are made by politicians and companies in the midst of a crisis.

Time to confirm Hagel and move on

4:20 PM 02/14/2013

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) deserves thanks. He managed to go so far over the top in showing poor taste in his shameful questioning of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) during this week’s Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel’s nomination as Defense secretary that he managed to assure that Hagel will be confirmed, as he should be.

What I learned from ‘Conscious Capitalism’

11:04 AM 01/29/2013

Once in a while, a book about business theory and philosophy transcends the usual audience that reads “how to” business books — with lessons to be learned by everyone, business people and consumers alike. Such a book is Conscious Capitalism, recently published by the Harvard Business Review Press.

What Hagel and Kerry learned from Vietnam

12:21 PM 01/17/2013

By nominating Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of State and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as secretary of Defense, Barack Obama is the first president — and maybe the last — to have Vietnam War veterans as the two top members of his national-security team.

Hagel must address ‘Jewish lobby’ comment

10:50 AM 01/08/2013

I believe a president — Republican or Democrat — almost always deserves to have the cabinet that he wishes, with the bar very, very high to oppose his choice. Thus, there should be a heavy presumption that President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, should be confirmed by the Senate.