Liberals tend to scoff whenever conservatives suggest that the reason why Republicans (e.g., Mitt Romney) lose elections is because they’re not conservative enough. And yet, some liberals have assessed their disastrous midterm showing and concluded that in order for Democrats to be successful in 2016, they need to rediscover their liberal roots. This Mother Jones piece, for instance, assures Democrats that if they run as an unabashed liberal, they can still win … in Minnesota.
Bill de Blasio, the New York mayor, says he knows why Democrats lost the 2014 election. Income inequality defines our times, he said during a visit to Washington this week, and his party did not talk about the issue enough. De Blasio needs a hearing aid. Democrats speak of little else.
As enrollment in Obamacare’s federal health insurance exchange reopens, congressional Republicans are again raising conflict of interest questions in light of a shake-up among top executives at a major Obamacare contractor that they say could give one insurer an unfair advantage.
At issue is a major contract awarded over the summer to Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI). The Department of Health and Human Services brought on QSSI to mitigate a disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov, the website for online enrollment in Obamacare’s federally run exchanges.