This has been a conflict ridden week in politics. The conflict obscures good governance. The biggest fight, of course, is that of reforming the health care system. The coverage of it eclipses almost everything else in the media. Democratic Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus fought back Thursday against the delaying and obstructing tactics of Republican members of the committee working on health care reform. And President Barack Obama is remaining very visible as the White House fights against pundit opinions hat he is becoming over-exposed. But a few other news items are worth noting.
Fighting for 60 -- Massachusetts quickly fought to change the law and fill the vacant seat left by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Paul Kirk, Jr., was then appointed by the governor to be Kennedy's interim replacement. He will be sworn in Friday. And Senator Robert Byrd is out of the hospital convalescing at home after a fall at his home that necessitated treatment for "early signs of an infection." According to a Congressional Quarterly story on Thursday, Senator Byrd said he, "is looking forward to engaging in the upcoming debate and votes on health care reform – one of the most critical issues facing this Congress.” Governor Paterson will not go without a fight -- The more light shed on this story the more it looks like a no-win situation for Democrats. New York Democrats at both the state and national level were the ones who pushed the Obama White House to urge Governor David Paterson not to run for reelection, according to Politico on Thursday. They fear the unpopular governor will be a drag on the ticket in the 2010 elections. And, though it is still a no-win in approval ratings for members of the U.S. House and Senate, a recent poll revealed an increase of approval from 12 percent to 22 percent, as reported by CQ Politics.
- Paul Kirk Jr.: Ted Kennedy's Replacement in Senate (time.com)
- After Obama's Speech, It's Back to Wooing the Skeptics (time.com)
- More fights ahead in Congress over health care (seattletimes.nwsource.com)