Surprising

Mark Halperin Attacks GOP

A sign that the GOP’s opposition to financial reform could backfire: The Time blogger and Game Change co-author told Joe Scarborough, “I cannot defend what they’re doing,” when asked about the Republican opposition. “They are willfully misreading the bill or they are engaged in a cynical attempt to keep the president from achieving something,” Halperin said. The quote is notable mostly because Halperin, the consummate inside-baseball reporter, generally stands out for his tactical and, some would say, cynical assessments of party politics.