The “Party of Lincoln” Is Long Gone

House Speaker Paul Ryan says, “This is the party of Lincoln. We believe all people are created equal in the eyes of God and our government.” But the party of Lincoln is long gone. It’s now the party of Donald Trump.
Terrance Heath

What Are We Paying Mitch McConnell For?

Why should you and I have to keep paying Mitch McConnell’s salary? The Kentucky Republican is the Senate majority leader, but he doesn’t lead much. In fact, he really doesn’t do much of anything. McConnell says “no” to every task at hand.
Jim Hightower

An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment

You are the captains of American industry, the titans of Wall Street, and the billionaires who for decades have been the backbone of the Republican Party. But you’re paying a big price – and about to pay far more.

Supreme Obstruction

Normally (and according to the Constitution) the process is that the President nominates a new justice, the Senate holds hearings, and there is a vote to confirm that nominee or not. According to the Constitution, that’s their job.

Wingnut Week In Review: Unintelligible Yelling

Thursday night’s tenth GOP presidential debate was, ironically, best summed up by CNN’s closed captioner for the hearing impaired, who spoke for all who were appalled and somewhat frightened by how the GOP has devolved.
Terrance Heath

Meet The Conservatives Who Would Leave Trump’s Party

A Donald Trump nomination means several elements of the Republican Party will sit out the election, vote third-party or even vote Democrat. The seams of the GOP coalition are tearing apart in front of our eyes.
Bill Scher

The Supreme Court Wasn’t Designed For This Political Heat

The confrontation over selecting a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court shows how politicized our courts have become, exposing judicial decisions as political choices rather than legal ones.
Robert Borosage

Why The Republican Party Must Stop Trump, and How It Can

Trump's non-ideological campaign of hate would split the party, whether or not the GOP allows him to claim the nomination. Better to excommunicate him, cleanse the party of hate and purify conservatism.
Bill Scher

The Death of the Republican Party

I’m writing to you today to announce the death of the Republican Party. It is no longer a living, vital, animate organization. It died in 2016. RIP. It has been replaced by warring tribes.

Wingnut Week In Review: The Last Roundup

Give the feds credit. Playing the long game in the Oregon standoff worked. Not only did they bring in the last of the wannabe “militiamen” without giving them what they wanted, federal agents also nabbed the grandfather of them all.
Terrance Heath

A Nation of Flints

We are living in a nation of Flints, thanks to racial bias, economic inequality, austerity, and conservative governance. We can’t afford to kid ourselves about what it will take to fix it.
Terrance Heath

Political Poison

The Flint lead disaster exposed the callousness of people like Michigan’s governor, who blame the poor for all of their misfortune.
Jim Hightower

Wingnut Week In Review: Everybody Hates Ted

Meet Ted Cruz, the Republican winner of the Iowa caucuses. He’s a liar, a jerk, and nobody who knows him remotely well — including his fellow Republicans and, quite possibly, his own family — appears to like him much.
Terrance Heath

What Is “Economic Freedom,” And Who Is It For?

The Heritage Foundation has released its annual “Index of Economic Freedom.” As we enter an election influenced by anger at an economy rigged in favor of the wealthy, it’s time to ask: What is “economic freedom," and who is it for?
Terrance Heath

Donald Trump Misdirects Real Worker Anxieties

Working America found among white blue-collar workers huge support for Donald Trump, who like a preacher of prejudice validates cursing the nation’s marginalized and accusing them of emptying workers’ bank accounts.
Leo Gerard

Wingnut Week In Review: Out With A Whimper

This week two major right-wing crusades that started out with pretty big bangs -- the Oregon Standoff and the Planned Parenthood sting -- ended with disappointing (for wingnuts) whimpers.
Terrance Heath

Conservatives Turning Their Backs On The Poor

The latest wave of people being cut from the federal food assistance program is the latest chapter in a misguided ideological campaign to "end welfare as we know it."
Isaiah J. Poole

The Republican Trumpless Debate

Fox News hosted its Republican debate last night without Donald Trump. He was both missing and missed. Fox focused on the right-wing fixations – and left out most of what concerns America.
Robert Borosage

Government Run Like a Business Poisons Children

Like the former venture capitalist he is, GOP Gov. Rick Snyder denied Flint, Mich., the funds it needed to keep clean water flowing, then asked for a federal bailout when Flint's kids were poisoned by lead-tainted water.
Leo Gerard

Iowa Nightmare: The GOP Primary That Went Straight To Hell

With Iowa's caucuses on the horizon, the GOP primary has only gotten more unpredictable. What it reveals is a number of fault lines in what was once a party neatly unified by tax cuts, "family values" and Old Glory.
Digby

Wingnut Week In Review: The Return Of Sarah Palin

Just like a cold sore, Sarah Palin has returned — again. And just like every time before, it’s not pretty. Not pretty at all. She turned up in Ames, Iowa to endorse Donald Trump, and ramble her way back into the national spotlight.
Terrance Heath

Rush’s Shocking Admission About Conservatism

Rush Limbaugh admitted that "it's now out in the open that the Republican conservative base is not monolithically conservative ... That's not the glue that unites them all."
Bill Scher

Hate Costs Workers Dearly

The racial and religious hatred purveyed by the GOP didn’t improve the pay of white workers. That’s because separated, workers are weak. Unions have always known that. To secure power, workers must stand together.
Fred Redmond

Wingnut Week In Review: Haley’s Comment

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley easily gave the most successful GOP State of the Union response in years. So, why do so many in her own party seem to hate her for it?
Terrance Heath

The Republican Debate: Seven Trumped-Up Survivors

Fireworks, muscle flexing, invective – the cage match that was the Republican presidential debate in Charleston, S.C. Thursday night had it all, except any clue about what should be done for the country.
Robert Borosage
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