Barack Obama

State of the Union

Jan 29, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

I thought President Obama’s State of the Union address was pretty predictable. In past years he has used the speech to lay out what amounts to a laundry list of his programs for Democrats to use in the upcoming congressional elections. And that’s exactly what he did. What was not…

Dubya Visits Obama

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

George W. and Laura Bush return to Washington D.C. for a joke-filled unveiling of their official White House portrait. 

The Nuge’s Stranglehold

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Ted Nugent, the unrepentant hunter and right-wing activist, grabs the media's attention with his political rhetoric, landing appearances on the Texas Tribune and CBS This Morning. 

Rand Paul Talks Ron Paul

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

In a Q&A with the Atlantic, Kentucky senator Rand Paul handicaps his father's presidential campaign and its larger impact on the Republican Party.

Election Plight

Oct 31, 2012 By haroldcook

In which Joshua Treviño and Harold Cook swap emails (and opinions) about the 2012 election, political trends, and what happens next in Texas.

Ted Nugent Puts Obama in His Sights

Apr 17, 2012 By Jason Cohen

Stumping for Mitt Romney at the NRA convention, the rock star proclaims that he "will either be dead or in jail by this time next year" if President Barack Obama is reelected.

The Great Campaigner

Aug 13, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

We interrupt your regular blogger to bring you a special message from the editor: So it’s official. As of today, at 1:30 pm EST, Governor Perry is finally a formal candidate for president (though we’ve been convinced he had eyes on the job as far back as February…

Obama’s upside-down visit

Aug 8, 2010 By Paul Burka

Republicans are salivating with anticipation; Democrats are running for cover. This is nothing new. The biggest enemy of the Texas Democratic party has always been the national Democratic party, dating back to 1952, when Governor Allan Shivers broke the Solid South by endorsing Eisenhower, who carried Texas. The worst thing…

Target practice

Apr 25, 2010 By Paul Burka

Remember that comment Perry made a week or so ago, when Obama talked about adding jobs at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida but remained mum about the Johnson Space Center in Houston? Perry said that Obama had “put a target on Texas’s back.” One hardly expects Obama to love…

The Obama speech to school children

Sep 5, 2009 By Paul Burka

This is one of those flaps that is hard to believe. Conservatives are going nuts over Obama’s plan to speak to school kids urging them to stay in school. For sheer hysteria, it is hard to top Debbie Riddle’s letter to constituents: By now, most of you are aware that…

Obama ups the ante in Medicaid debate

Feb 4, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

President Obama just lent a hand to the advocates in  Austin who have been arguing for 12-month eligibility for families signing up for Medicaid,  as opposed to having to re-up every six months. Obama today signed the SCHIP Reauthorization Act, which rewards states that reach more children with Medicaid. Currently,…