Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

No. 90

State of the Nation

Public opinion as to whether the country is headed in the right direction or is on the wrong track is static since December. In the NBC/WSJ poll, the wrong track number continues to edge up, while the right direction number...

President Obama: Hitting His Stride

President Obama has hit his stride. As March drew to a close he has achieved a number of victories. Healthcare legislation was passed and has now been signed into law. The student lending system has been modified substantially, resulting in...


[A note of caution: I asked Peter Hart the extent to which current polling on the political impact of healthcare legislation portends the future electoral impact of that legislation. Here is what he said: "Unlike many events where public opinion...

2010 Congressional Campaigns

50% of registered voters would vote to "defeat and replace every single member of Congress" including their own representative. An average of 72.5% would do so whether it meant that the Democratic Party or the Republican Party would control the...

Restaurant: Baker & Banker

San Francisco: Baker & Banker is quite different than Quince, but in my view equally good, and in some ways better. The food is superb, tasty and creative, but there is a feel to the restaurant that is very comfortable.

Restaurant: Auntie Anne's Pretzels

Multiple location:s WW has become a devoted follower of Auntie Anne's Pretzels, but not just any pretzels ... the Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels, more particularly the Cinnamon Sugar Stix.