Norm Ornstein is a very, very smart man, one of the smartest policy wonks in Washington. But I’m afraid his suggestion for a way out of the budget and debt ceiling impasse, as reasonable as it may seem to reasonable people, is destined for failure even if President Obama were to offer it.
Category Archive: Politics
Oct 03 2013
I only recently discovered the writing of Charles Pierce, who blogs for Esquire, and I’m rapidly becoming jealous of him. I’m a good writer, I know, but he is such a brilliant wordsmith that I envy him. Just take a look at this passage about the shutdown, which is as on-target as it is eloquent.
Sep 28 2013
Mother Jones reports on the American Legacy Political Action Committee, set up by Newt and Callista Gingrich, which is now trying to fundraise based on opposition to Obama’s Syria policy. The problem is that the PAC is taking in large amounts of money and distributing almost none of it.
Sep 27 2013
I’ve been saying over the last week or so that Ted Cruz’ ranting and raving over Obamacare was about nothing more than bringing in campaign contributions and positioning himself as the One True Conservative in the 2016 presidential race. Two Buzzfeed reporters say it could actually do the opposite:
Sep 26 2013
Here’s a surprisingly rational column by Henry Olsen in the conservative magazine National Review about the House Republicans and their obsession with cutting food stamps. He points out that those same Republicans ignore more expensive programs in the same bill (food stamps are part of the annual farm bill) that primarily benefit those who don’t …
Sep 19 2013
I’ve hammered Rand Paul many times for taking unconscionable positions on a number of issues and pandering to the most extreme wing of his party, but I’ve also given him credit when he’s been right. And I have to applaud him for speaking out in favor of restoring the voting rights of felons who complete …
Sep 19 2013
With a showdown over the budget looming in the House and a government shutdown looking all but inevitable, many people are arguing that this is exactly what we need, that the blowback against the Republicans will be so powerful that it will bring the Tea Party Republicans in the House back to their senses and …
Sep 17 2013
Yeah, that’s something I never thought I’d say. But John Boehner’s job as Speaker of the House has been made absolutely impossible by the 80-100 far-right ideologues that were elected in his party in 2010 by the Tea Party movement, legislators who are completely fanatical and utterly oblivious to political reality. They are demanding a …
Sep 17 2013
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, one of the second-tier far-right members of the House (he takes a clear backseat to Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Louis Gohmert; he’s only a b-team wingnut) explains why the House is going to vote a 42nd time to defund Obamacare and why this is so much more important than the previous …
Sep 11 2013
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) was all for a military strike against Syria early last week, mere hours after President Obama announced he would seek congressional approval authorizing that action. It was crucial, he said, to respond militarily or we would lose our national credibility:
Sep 10 2013
As Congress continues to “debate” whether to approve a resolution authorizing President Obama to launch a bombing campaign in Syria, perhaps the most fascinating question in all of this is whether Obama would go ahead and do it even if Congress votes no (and it appears that the House may well do exactly that). Paul …
Sep 06 2013
One of the more amusing things to me over the last few years is watching the most devoted Obama acolytes claim over and over again that virtually every mistake he’s made or bad thing he’s done is really some secret, brilliant strategy that is just too sophisticated for mere mortals to understand. Ezra Klein says …
Sep 05 2013
Re: Chemical weapons in Syria: I have no doubt they were used, but it isn’t clear who used them. Now that should be the kind of thing that can be supported with evidence. Our intelligence services should be able to identify who is responsible for using them and provide a wide range of evidence for …
Sep 03 2013
President Obama surprised people late last week by almost kinda pretending to make his behavior consistent with his rhetoric by asking for congressional approval before he bombs Syria. The man who once said the president could not take military action without congressional approval except in an immediate and necessary response to an imminent threat — …
Aug 30 2013
Republicans love to claim that Martin Luther King was a Republican. They’ve even taken out billboards around the country saying so. Not only is there no evidence for this, there’s considerable evidence against it. By the end of his life, he was a loud and persistent critic of the Republican party.