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Paul Begala: Commentaries

Once more, as I often do, I find myself wishing for the late, great Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. It was he who said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." But it was Florida Gov. Rick Scott who brought Thompson's maxim to life Wednesday. In fact, Gov. Scott brought it to the stage of a televised debate.

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Does Dick Cheney believe his lies?updated Thu Jul 17 2014 15:44:31

As an American, I am appalled by Dick Cheney and his relentless, pathetic and ultimately doomed effort to revise the history of his failures.

Does America like its candidates poor?updated Tue Jun 24 2014 08:37:36

There's a great story about Democratic icon Ted Kennedy. When he was first running to succeed his brother John in the Senate, he was attacked for being a child of privilege. It was true. Kennedy had nannies and nursemaids and private schools. He'd hobnobbed with ambassadors and princes and popes.

Conservative hero is racist rancher? Didn't see that one comingupdated Fri Apr 25 2014 09:02:23

Well, that escalated quickly.

Begala: I got a better deal through Obamacareupdated Mon Mar 31 2014 08:23:55

I signed up for health care through the Affordable Care Act last week.

Christie's choice: Be seen as a crook or a schnook?updated Thu Jan 09 2014 16:18:36

Somewhere, Dick Nixon wants a royalty check.

Obama was right to shake hands with Raul Castroupdated Tue Dec 10 2013 14:29:45

There are certain moments of parental pride you know are coming: their first words, first steps, first date. And then there are the ones that blindside you. Like this: The night before the Nelson Mandela memorial service, my 13-year-old son said, "Dad, I'm going to wake up at 4 to watch the Mandela memorial."

Chill: Obamacare snafus are fixableupdated Mon Nov 18 2013 08:30:39

President Barack Obama has three intersecting problems:

Harry Reid: King of the Hillupdated Thu Oct 17 2013 08:51:11

It is hard for me to recall a victory as total -- or surrender as ignominious -- as the Great Shutdown Showdown of 2013.

Bet on Obama to win shutdown fightupdated Sun Sep 29 2013 12:03:08

As Washington hurtles toward a government shutdown, the go-to move for the uninformed is to blame both sides equally. Just say, "A pox on both their houses," and you can get through any neighborhood barbecue or TV talk show.

Ashton Kutcher is right ... because he's from the left updated Fri Aug 23 2013 13:43:06

It's not often that I agree with Sarah Palin. But when she comes around to a liberal point of view on an issue, that is to be noted with praise. So, good for you, Sarah, for flip-flopping on the issue of hard work.

Alaska's salmon, more precious than gold updated Mon Jul 29 2013 17:42:43

It's a thrill for me as a fisherman to see a wild Alaskan silver salmon jump out of the water with my fly in his mouth. And it's an even greater thrill for me as a father to see my eldest son guide his old man and his little brother into a honey hole full of salmon on a remote Alaskan river.

A 'new kind' of Republican? Are you kidding?updated Fri Jun 14 2013 15:12:16

I suppose Republicans are to be congratulated for nominating a Latino Navy SEAL as their Senate candidate in Massachusetts. I recall when GOP lowlifes mocked and lied about the war heroism of John Kerry, and just last year Mitt Romney was saying the DREAM Act was a "handout" and Latinos voted for President Obama because they wanted "gifts."

Why you should thank Frankupdated Tue Jun 04 2013 11:54:11

Frank Lautenberg grew up in Paterson, New Jersey -- a tough mill town. Served in World War II, where he scampered up improvised rickety poles to string wire to keep the lines of communication open. Went to Columbia on the GI Bill, then made a fortune as co-founder of ADP. He was among the first to see how computers could revolutionize business, and he put the new technology to work processing paychecks.

Eric Holder should discuss leaks publiclyupdated Thu May 30 2013 15:47:22

The mega-wealthy Mitt Romney foolishly said the issue of income inequality should be discussed "in quiet rooms." He was wrong about that -- and it would be wrong to discuss press freedom and national security in an off-the-record setting.

A gay son and his dad give thanksupdated Thu Nov 22 2012 05:34:28

Every parent loves his or her child; it's the prime directive of the species. Twenty years ago, when my wife was pregnant with our first baby, Hillary Clinton told me that having a child is like taking your heart out of your body and letting it walk around.

Paul Ryan: the Dr. Kevorkian of Medicareupdated Wed Apr 06 2011 11:27:33

Republicans have always hated Medicare, but most Americans have always loved it. Now, led by Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republicans are trying to kill it once and for all.

Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reaganupdated Thu Jan 13 2011 08:07:57

What is one to make of Sarah Palin's defensive, bitter, self-centered speech in response to the mass killings in Arizona?

Who's the boss? It's not McChrystalupdated Wed Jun 23 2010 07:45:57

President Obama needs to thank Gen. Stanley McChrystal for his decades of brave and selfless service, then fire him.

Finally, a president who takes responsibilityupdated Fri Jan 08 2010 15:53:26

Midway through his presidency, George W. Bush was asked by the journalist John Dickerson to name his biggest mistake since 9/11 and what he'd learned from it. Here's what he said:

Commentary: Health care outrage goes uncoveredupdated Fri Jun 19 2009 09:05:04

You probably have never heard of Robin Beaton, and that's what's wrong with the debate over health care reform.

Commentary: April 15 is patriots' dayupdated Wed Apr 15 2009 11:18:11

Happy Patriots' Day. April 15 is the one day a year when our country asks something of us -- or at least the vast majority of us.

Commentary: GOP means 'Got 0 Plans'updated Wed Mar 25 2009 08:28:59

I love Alex Castellanos. Heck, somebody has to. Truth is, we've been known to break bread after our CNN gigs. He is engaging and amusing and whip-smart.

Commentary: Cheney says U.S. can torture but can't healupdated Mon Mar 16 2009 12:49:54

Dick Cheney has finally found the limits of government power.

Commentary: If you oppose stimulus, don't take the moneyupdated Mon Feb 16 2009 09:37:24

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina took umbrage at my writing that his approach to the economic crisis is to do nothing. I'll deal with his "ideas" in a moment, but first let me make a modest proposal:

Commentary: Republican strategy of deny, delay and do nothingupdated Tue Feb 10 2009 11:55:04

As the fight over President Obama's economic recovery package heats up, the two sides are beginning to define themselves with admirable clarity.

Commentary: Time for Coleman to concedeupdated Tue Jan 27 2009 17:32:28

You know you're low when you have lower ethical standards than a convicted felon, but that's where former Sen. Norm Coleman finds himself.

Commentary: Kirsten Gillibrand is a starupdated Fri Jan 23 2009 14:38:09

The big news in New York politics is not that Caroline Kennedy, a deeply private person, preferred to be in private life.

Commentary: Obama summons ghosts of American historyupdated Wed Jan 21 2009 07:30:28

Sometimes pictures tell a story better than words. On Inauguration Day, we saw Barack Obama, strong and certain, striding purposefully into the presidency.

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