The “sequester” is a terrible idea. It will do terrible things to the economy and the lives of millions of Americans. It was a terrible idea from the beginning, when […]
Watching the various Republican responses — official and otherwise — to President Obama's state of the Union address was a bit like watching a right-wing remake of The Three Faces of Eve, the 1957 classic about a woman who suffered from "multiple personality disorder" that won Joanne Woo...
From the moment he was sworn in as president, what’s bothered many conservatives most about Barack Obama was that he was a Black man who seemed pathologically incapable of “knowing […]
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is working hard to rescue the GOP’s “lost” message. You can’t blame him for trying. There are, of course, several problems. Not the least of […]
Like I said in the first post in this series, Obama didn’t waste time talking to Republicans in his inaugural address because he didn’t need to talk to them. President […]
The GOP is perhaps just beginning to digest the message of the 2012 election; in which the demographics of their coalition can be summed up as old, white, wealthy, and […]
In Part 1 of this series, I wrote that Republicans who were incensed that President Obama had nothing to say to them in his inaugural address should be far more […]
It was, of course, to be expected that Republicans would not like President Obama's inaugural address no matter what said.
Four years ago, my husband and I opted to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration from home. The very likely reality of spending most of the day outdoors, standing in the cold, […]
Harold Myerson, over at the Washington Post, points out a new report by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine contains some bad news about about the America’s […]
Today, President Obama signed a broad array of executive orders to curb gun violence, in what was the boldest Presidential action against gun violence since the Clinton administration. In a […]
It’s that time again. The folks at the Heritage Foundation (Jim DeMint’s new perch) have published another “Index of Economic Freedom.” I first encountered the index in April of 2010, […]
By now, you’ve heard all about the “platinum coin option”, in which the president averts the next debt limit “crisis” by issuing a trillion dollar platinum coin. It’s a solution […]
A growing number Republican Governors are refusing to expand their state Medicaid programs. The Supreme Court weakened the Medicaid expansion written into the Affordable Care Act, when it ruled that […]
After a day or so of public shaming by fellow Republicans like New Jersery Gov. Chris Christie, and New York Rep. Peter King (R, N.Y. 3), House Republican leadership managed […]
Now that the "fiscal cliff" deal has gone down, we have a couple of months to argue over the "winners" and "losers" before the country is dragged into the next of DC's.
Yesterday, I posted that progressive leaders in Congress are saying “No Deal” to “fiscal cliff’ deals that cut Social Security benefits while cutting the wealthy yet another break on taxes. […]
Progressives in Congress aren’t falling for the trick that Washington is using to cut Social Security in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. Instead they are raising their voices against the insanity […]
For decades, the conservative agenda rested upon a three-legged stool of "culture war" issues: "God, guns, and gays.
As Washington approaches a “fiscal cliff” of its own making, our elected officials appear to be forgetting some important things. President Obama seems to have forgotten the mandate he won […]
Howard Kurtz writes that Americans are "tuning out" the "fiscal cliff" debates in Washington because "the players haven’t gotten serious," about making a deal.
Since the days of Lee Atwater, Republicans have relied on the politics of division and persecution fantasies. James Inhofe road into the Senate in 1994 on a platform of “God, […]
Word to conservatives: Don't bother trying to peddle your divisive politics to African-Americans; it won't work anymore.
For years progressives have simultaneously envied and despised Grover Norquist for his ability to organize conservatives and keep them organized, and more recently for the power his anti-tax pledge has […]
Hey GOP, here’s some friendly advice. You know that diverse coalition that carried President Obama to victory (not to mention sending a number of progressives to the Senate, and delivering […]
In a night that was full of sweet victories, few were sweeter than Democrat Tammy Baldwin’s successful bid for Wisconsin’s senate seat. As she said in her acceptance speech, it […]
I’m no doctor, but defeated Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan may still be too “shell-shocked” to resume his role as the right’s “idea man,” if his latest addition to the […]
After many years in the workforce, most of them spent working in Washington, DC, I firmly believe you can tell an awful lot about people by they way they treat […]
In the words of the old spiritual, “My Lord, what a morning!” Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was defined by an iconic poster bearing the single word: “Change.” Obama’s victory in […]
When it comes to politics, it ain’t over ’til its’ over. And even then it may not be over. With the presidential election just days away, the contest remains close enough […]
Austerity is back in the news, and the news about austerity is never good. We’ve only had de facto austerity on this side of the pond. So as usual, the news is from Europe, […]
Climate change is certainly a contributing factor to both the frequency and intensity of these events.
It’s been rumored for some time that my governor, Maryland’s Martin O’Malley, is considering a run for the White House in 2016. O’Malley has dropped a few hints himself. He […]
Having entered the “closing argument” phase of the campaign, President Obama has pivoted to jobs. But as Bill Scher noted, the president’s newly published jobs plan is cribbed from from […]
It turns out that Mitt Romney and Tom Reed (R, NY-23) have more in common than mere party affiliation. Both Romney and Reed are more interested in outsourcing American jobs […]
Last summer, my family took what we would later decide was our favorite family vacation thus far.
Last summer I compared the GOP to a mutinous first-mate on the Titanic, steering the economy into an iceberg in hopes of taking over when the captain goes with the ship, while forgetting that they're "in the same boat.
Man, that felt good.
Robert Reich has some excellent advice for Vice President Joe Biden, regarding his debate we VP wannabe Rep. Paul Ryan: Don't debate the earnest, affable Paul Ryan who's likely to show up tonight. Debate the right-wing Randian behind those blue eyes.
In his most recent column, Paul Krugman makes a convincing case that the "real referendum" in this election isn't about President Obama's (real or imagined) economic policies, but about the "the legacy of the New D