President Obama may avoid the newly unpopular word, but he remains on the stimulus path. What he's trying to stimulate in his scorching speeches in Milwaukee and Cleveland is the fortunes of the Democratic party. Obama's attempted comeback is consistent with the pattern of his presidential campaign and presidency--wait until the last second, then try to pull off the big victory. Will it work this time?
The lobbying effort to induce President Obama to keep U.S. troops in Iraq after the December 2011 withdrawal deadline is becoming a crescendo. Many of the voices belong to the usual suspects, including Paul Wolfowitz and William Kristol—some of the very people who got this country into the Iraq mess in the first place.