Washington (CNN) - Despite the fact that the deficit commission did not reach its goal of a supermajority to get its proposals to the floor of the congress, two of its members say their work should now serve as the blueprint for deficit reduction in the future.
In addition, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) told CNN that he believes there needs to be a "budget summit" in the near future-with representatives from both sides of the aisle, the White House and the budget office. "It's essential,' he says, adding that near-term decisions on raising the debt limit and cutting spending have to be made with the commission recommendations in mind.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
(CNN) - As the saying goes, even paranoids have enemies. A Washington corollary: Even cynics have reason to be cynical.
Consider the latest Washington Kabuki: the overdue bipartisan leadership meeting at the White House. To prepare, and disarm the GOP, the president orders a federal pay freeze the day before the session. It's an easy gimme: The GOP has already proposed it, the voters don't like the government much and the White House can point to it as evidence of its willingness to work together.
Washington (CNN) - It's hard, when you've run something, to come back and realize you're not going to be in charge anymore. Democrats have been demoted to minority status in the House, and it's probably not much fun. No chairmanships to dole out, no rules to write, no votes to pass much of anything.
Getting shellacked requires some adjustment, some soul-searching and some new understanding of how to start fixing it all.
Washington (CNN) – It took just eight days after the election for the two deficit commission chairmen to pounce. And the title page of their draft version of budget cuts doesn't mince words: "The problem is real - the solution is painful - There's no easy way out - Everything must be on the table - and Washington must lead."
How's that for an idea: Washington must lead!
New York (CNN) - Sometimes it seems as if we've seen this movie before: Voters want change, and a candidate's long résumé is not necessarily a plus.
After all, we elected Barack Obama president - he, a newbie to the Senate club from Illinois (two years served), a former state senator and constitutional scholar. Impressive, yes, but not lengthy. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who ran on her "lifetime of experience" and made it clear we really would probably want her answering the Red Phone at 3 a.m. How did that work out for her?
Washington (CNN) – Scenes from a campaign:
Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle speaks to high school students and, in a gesture she probably thought was polite, noticed that some of the Hispanic students she expected "look more Asian to me."
8:57 p.m. - Coons can can barely contain his disdain for his opponent.
8:49 p.m. – O’Donnell couldn't answer the same question that stumped Sarah Palin in her interview with Katie Couric — about recent Supreme Court decisions.
8:09 p.m. – Beards and witches — this needs to stop on both sides.
7:55 p.m. - Coons is smart — he’s not playing on O’Donnell’s finances