10 years ago, when the same-sex marriage issue became a huge wedge issue that Republicans used to drive their people to the voting booths, it would seem almost impossible how much things have changed. But look at how Republican power brokers are reacting to the spate of anti-gay “religious freedom” laws being proposed in the …
Category Archive: Politics
Feb 28 2014
Feb 24 2014
Man, you almost have to admire Edwin Edwards. The longest serving governor in Louisiana history gets out of prison after serving 8 years for racketeering and what does he do? Runs for Congress and says he’s the only hope the Democrats have of winning the seat — and he might even be right.
Feb 13 2014
One of the big problems in our political system is that policymakers are so completely isolated from the problems of real people. Yeah, they love to talk about those tragic stories they hear from constituents, but that’s just for political show. Here’s a legislator who actually tried to find out what it’s like to be …
Feb 11 2014
Sahil Kapur reports at Talking Points Memo about Sen. Orrin Hatch’s absurdly dishonest and incoherent position on the CBO’s report on Obamacare and the economy. First, he repeated the lie that the report says that Obamacare would destroy two million jobs:
Feb 11 2014
Last week Gallup released polling data on religious belief on a state-by-state basis and Chris Cillizza identifies a very interesting and predictable fact: The most religious states voted unanimously for Mitt Romney in 2012 and the least religious states voted for Barack Obama.
Feb 11 2014
After the release of a CBO report last week about the economy and Obamacare, the Republican party immediately and predictably began distorting one of its findings, despite the fact that the report went out of its way to preempt that distortion in the text.
Jan 31 2014
I’ve made no secret of my complete disdain for the State of the Union address, pointing out that it’s almost entirely made up of empty rhetoric and is a boring and awkward affair for everyone involved. But if finally occurred to me the morning after the most recent one why I hate it so much: …
Jan 29 2014
The Republican National Committee last week made the blatantly hypocritical move of adopting a resolution condemning what they called unconstitutional NSA surveillance programs. This from the same party that defended illegal surveillance under Bush (though to be fair, Bush isn’t black). Rep. Peter King is hopping mad about it because he may be wrong, but …
Jan 28 2014
Tonight is the State of the Union speech, or as I call it, Empty Platitude Festival 2014. Watch as the meaningless buzzwords fly through the air! Gaze in awe to the thrills and chills of trite cliches performing feats of wonder for your entertainment! Then listen to pundits tell you What It All Means in …
Jan 13 2014
Here’s a great example of dishonest right-wing spin (and yes, there is dishonest left-wing spin as well) from Newsmax, which says that President Obama has “seized control” of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. OMG! Seized control? You mean like sent in armed agents to take it over? Not quite.
Jan 04 2014
Someone named Bruce Walker (no idea who he is) writing at the badly misnamed American Thinker website has a couple of illogical positions. One is that “leftists” are responsible for keeping the Republicans from nominating a truly conservative presidential candidate; the other is that conservatives should vote in Democratic primaries to force a conservative Democrat …
Dec 31 2013
Oh, Bill O’Reilly is not going to be happy about this at all. Not one little bit. The Republican National Committee has shown the world that it hates Jesus and America by tweeting a Happy Kwanzaa greeting to the black people they spend the rest of the year working against. And some of the responses …
Dec 09 2013
Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas, is up for reelection in 2014 and he is pandering just as fast as he can with this ad that says, in essence, vote for me because I’m a Christian and I believe that the Bible has all the answers. To what questions, he does not say.
Dec 09 2013
In the wake of Todd Akin and so many other Republican legislators, officials and candidates saying boneheaded things that made women run like hell away from them, the GOP is holding training sessions with staffers so they can try to keep those things from happening again.
Dec 04 2013
Dana Milbank, the vastly overrated columnist for the Washington Post, makes one of the dumbest political arguments I’ve ever encountered. He claims that we would not be in such a hyper-partisan situation in Congress if there were more veterans on Capitol Hill. And that’s why we should reinstate the draft.