WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS

Looking at the Big Picture in the House

Because one Crystal Ball analysis piece (We Were Merely Freshmen?) laced with references to popular music deserves another, we decided to take our readers back in time this week and tip our hat to an old blues song Led Zeppelin revived in 1971. The first lines should be familiar to...

WE WERE MERELY FRESHMEN?

GOP Hunts the House for One-Term Wonders in 2008

As the Crystal Ball gazes into the future of Congress's lower chamber beyond 2008, what should it consider? Should we read anything into the moderate success of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's early leadership? No, the elections are too far away for it to really matter. Forgive us as we turn our...

The Conservatives’ Days of Malaise

A quick peek inside the base's team huddle

I'm sure some very wise person once said that the best time to measure the true character of a party is in its moment of defeat, not its moment of triumph. And so it was with keen anticipation and curiosity that the Crystal Ball attended this past weekend's Conservative Summit,...