Remember in 2009, when Jim DeMint said health care reform would be President Obama's Waterloo? Four years later, defunding health care reform became the GOP's Alamo. But Republicans aren't done damaging their party, or the rest of the country, yet.
Republicans are celebrating the consequences of the shutdown for two groups of Americans that conservatives despise: government workers and the millions of Americans who rely on the services those workers provide.
The most important political story of our time is one that journalists wedded to the idea that ‘both sides do it’ are uncomfortable reporting: the wildly asymmetric polarization of our two major political parties.
Seven days into a government shutdown, and 9 days away from a potentially catastrophic breach of the nation’s debt limit, and the question everyone is asking is: who will blink first?
Whatever happens with the current shutdown and various hostage negotiations, the fundamental definition of the Republicans as the de facto competent party --- the proverbial grown-ups --- has probably finally been shattered.
Sorting out the allegedly "moderate" GOP Senators is a good place to start the week. The dynamic may very well be different from the House, where certain Republicans hate the shutdown, but aren't rushing to end it. Let's test this in the senate too.
Remember when we all assumed that sequestration could never hold and they'd just have to pull the plug and negotiate a reasonable budget when the going got tough? Yeah, that's worked out for us.
Republicans are exercising the one power that the American People have not yet been able to take away from them: the power to destroy. Conservatives are “giddy” over shutting down the government.
Over the weekend, House Republicans approved a so-called compromise to avoid a government shutdown. However, their idea of negotiation was nothing more than ridiculous, right-wing demands they included in the continuing resolution.
Negotiating with Republicans the way parents negotiate with tantruming children in the grocery store, by giving them a candy bar, is no longer operative in light of the GOP's absurd "wish list."
What Cruz is doing is building a grassroots donor base. If he can pick up a few looney tunes billionaires,he could make a good run at it. He can't win, but it's never a good idea to allow anyone this extreme anywhere near real power.
On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz took the floor of the Senate to launch a pre-arranged, all-night fake filibuster. There was no way it would stop the Senate from voting on a continuing resolution to fund the government.
I thought I understood the right. But this meltdown over a very tepid health care reform that keeps the system fully in the hands of the private insurance companies just floors me. We are watching behavior so absurdly over-the-top that it's downright
Republicans have painted themselves into a corner by appealing to racial fears and stoking the racial resentments of their base. Staying in that corner is a one-way ticket to political irrelevance. Getting out of it is going to be messy.
House Republicans want to slash the food stamp program by nearly $40 billion dollars. While the drastic cuts proposed by the House would never be approved by Senate, they show just how little some lawmakers care about their fellow Americans.
Apparently some Republicans now think it's a "moral hazard" to feed the poor. It's bad enough that Republicans are proposing $40 billion in cuts to food stamps, but call it a moral act beggars belief.
The Republicans are calling their attack on food stamps "welfare reform 2.0." Because when people become dependent on government assistance for food they lose the ability to work. Or something.
Of course the Tea Partiers are a blight on American politics. But the Big Money influence of people like the Kochs and the Adelsons is truly antithetical to American democracy and it's at the root of our biggest problems.
It's been speculated that John Boehner supported the president's position on Syria, in exchange for the White House moving closer to the GOP position on #cliffgate.
Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint says the uninsured will get better care by "going to the emergency room." It's hard to believe that anybody's out there making the case for using the emergency room, but there you have it.
Republicans are going to spend August "blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans' unhappiness with government." That's right, they're going to blame government, not themselves.
August actually is a pretty good time to be in Washington. Here are the key elements about what's ahead...or not ahead...on the budget when Congress returns to Washington in September.
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Make no mistake about it; House Republicans definitely prefer that a Republican be elected president.
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