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Jan 31 2014

The State of the Union as Pep Rally and Stump Speech

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: …

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Jan 29 2014

RNC vs Peter King on the NSA

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 …

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Jan 28 2014

Empty Platitude Festival 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 …

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Jan 13 2014

Newsmax: Obama ‘Seizes Control’ of D.C. Circuit

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.

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Jan 04 2014

Bruce Walker’s Right Wing Rose Colored Glasses

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 …

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Dec 31 2013

RNC Declares War on Christmas!

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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 …

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Dec 09 2013

Pryor: Vote for Me, I’m a Christian

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.

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Dec 09 2013

Teaching Republican Candidates Not to Be Sexist Jerks

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.

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Dec 04 2013

The Draft and Bipartisanship

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.

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Dec 03 2013

Tancredo: New IRS Regs an ‘Assault’ on Free Speech

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 …

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Nov 26 2013

Rand Paul to Open GOP Racial Outreach Center

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.

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Nov 22 2013

Vitter: My Position is Dictatorship When Democrats Do It

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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, …

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Nov 21 2013

Liz Cheney and Political Hypocrisy

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 …

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Nov 14 2013

Clinton vs Warren in 2016?

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:

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Nov 13 2013

No, Sarah Palin Will Not Run in 2016

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.

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