Tom Tancredo, former congressman turned wingnut columnist and professional anti-immigration agitator, responds to new propose IRS guidelines on what can and can’t be done by 501(c)(4) groups with all the nuance and intellectual integrity one would expect. Which is to say he screams “OMG, Obama is destroying freedom of speech” at the top of his …
Category Archive: Politics
Nov 26 2013
In a move that can only result in a rash of concussions from heads hitting desks, the Michigan Republican Party has decided to open an office in Detroit for outreach to African-American voters — and to invite Rand Paul to give the keynote address at the opening of that office.
Nov 22 2013
So Harry Reid finally got up the gumption to at least partly do away with the lazy filibuster when it comes to presidential nominees (but not for legislation), so now we get to witness Republicans screaming bloody murder over a policy they backed just 8 years ago. Here’s David “Diaper Man” Vitter on Twitter (hey, …
Nov 21 2013
Andrew Sullivan writes about the recent dustup between Liz Cheney, her sister Mary and her sister-in-law Heather Poe and points out, correctly, that this is just the latest public playing out of a longstanding conflict in Republican circles, where people who are personally fine with gay people and want equality for them nonetheless use anti-gay …
Nov 14 2013
There has been a lot of speculation recently about a possible Elizabeth Warren candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, challenging Hillary Clinton, who has been the presumptive nominee for many years now. I don’t think that’s likely to happen, but it does bring up some interesting issues. Like this:
Nov 13 2013
The Inquisitor speculates that Sarah Palin may be laying the groundwork to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. The evidence is pretty thin and quite similar to what sparked identical speculation in 2008, which I said at the time was nonsense.
Nov 09 2013
Jordan Genso is a longtime Dispatches reader from here in Michigan who is now running for the state legislature, and he’s asking for help in building his platform. Because he has little chance of winning, he has the opportunity to say all the things we wish politicians would say. So what would we like him …
Nov 07 2013
Michael Kazin has an article in Dissent doing something that is rarely done, praising extremism. Yes, extremism is often very dangerous and very unhealthy for society. But sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes what seems radical and unthinkable at one point in time is the overwhelming consensus in later years. An example:
Nov 06 2013
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann have a new book out called Double Down: Game Change 2012 about the 2012 election and it includes some interesting details about the vetting of potential vice-presidential candidates by the Romney campaign. But let’s start with this fascinating little tidbit from Time’s excerpt from the book:
Oct 29 2013
Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo follows up on Rachel Maddow’s report on the many glitches and difficulties in the rollout of the Medicare Part D program in 2006. Turns out Rep. Joe Barton wasn’t the only Republicans who just wanted to cooperate to fix the glitches rather than railing against the Bush administration or …
Oct 28 2013
Rachel Maddow did an excellent job of putting the problems with the healthcare.gov website into perspective. She noted that the rollout of Social Security was a massive boondoggle because of the difficulty of signing up 26 million people for the program in a year without the help of computers. Same with Medicare in 1965.
Oct 28 2013
As the civil war within the Republican party has become absolutely obvious to everyone, mainstre Republican strategist Mike Murphy explains the split perfectly as one between mathematicians, who recognize demographic reality, and priests, who care only about doctrinal purity.
Oct 17 2013
A study from Depaul University political science professor Wayne Steger shows what has been obvious to anyone paying attention all along, that conservative Republicans only seem interested in fiscal responsibility when a Democrat is in office.
Oct 16 2013
The Republican Party in New York is so desperate to defeat Gov. Andrew Cuomo that they’re trying to convince Donald Trump to run against him in 2014. So far Trump hasn’t said yes or no, but they’re actively courting him according to the New York Post.
Oct 13 2013
It’s not very often that I hope the loathsome Erick Erickson is right about something, but I really do hope that his prediction about where the budget standoff is heading proves to be correct. He thinks Boehner and Cantor are about to cave in and says that will prompt the far right to leave the …