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Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hope: The Sequel
By John Heilemann
New York Magazine

... to a very real degree, 2008's candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012's candidate of fear. For many Democrats, this is just fine and dandy, for they believe that in the Romney-Republican agenda there is plenty to be scared of. For others in the party in both politics and business, however, the new Obama posture is cause for concern. From the gay-marriage decision to the onslaught on Bain, they see the president and his team as coming across as too divisive, too conventional, and too nakedly political, putting at risk Obama's greatest asset - his likability -  with the voters in the middle of the electorate who will ultimately decide his fate.

Obama Should Seize the High Ground
By Thomas Friedman
New York Times

[H]ow did Obama ever allow this duality to take hold: “The Bush tax cuts” versus the “Obama bailout”? It should have been “the Bush deficit explosion” and the “Obama rescue.” Sure, the deficit has increased under Obama. It was largely to save the country from going into a Depression after a Bush-era binge that included two wars — which, for the first time in our history, we not only did not pay for with tax increases but instead accompanied with tax cuts — plus a 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill that we could not afford, then or now. Congressional Democrats also had a hand in this, but the idea that Bush gets to skate off into history as a “tax-cutter” and not as a “deficit buster” is a travesty. You can’t just blame Fox News. Obama has the bully pulpit.

The Role of Uncle Sam





Romney's Pants on Fire





The Right Running Mate for Romney





Keeping Greece in the euro zone





Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame





Gay Marriage, Abortion and the Independent Voter





An Enduring Sacrifice Few Can Understand