- Bigoted Nativist: 'The Donald' Can't Be Derailed; The Congenital Liar Can Say Whatever He Wants, and It Makes No Difference By : Eric Boehlert
The New York Times twice last week stressed that GOP voters might turn away from Trump in favor of "more sober-minded candidates"; that they'll take "a more sober measure of who is prepared to serve as commander in chief." Sober-minded candidates? Have these people been watching the spectacle that is the Republican campaign season for the last six months? Trump and his xenophobic campaign continue to soar in the GOP polls as he unfurls an endless stream of outrageous proposals. (Bring back U.S.-sanctioned torture! The government needs to close down some American mosques!) .....
- Our Democracy(U.S.A) is Completely Unrepresentative: Citizens United, Gerrymandering & The Real Story Behind The GOP's Takeover By : Lawrence Lessig
The tweedism of American politics today thus violates their sense of equality. It violates the equality of citizens. "The rich" plainly have a power that "the poor" (or the middle class, for that matter) don't, because of a system for funding campaigns that renders representatives dependent on "the rich" in a way that they aren't dependent on the poor. The problem with this explicit tweedism is not unequal speech. The problem is a structure that defeats the potential for equal participation. That structure "defeat[s] the right of the people to choose representatives for Congress," because ....
- Retro-Racism: Donald Trump is Running The Most Explicitly Racist Campaign Since 1968 By : Paul Waldman
After decades of rhetorical evolution from Republicans on matters of race, Donald Trump is now running the most plainly, explicitly, straight forwardly racist campaign since at least George Wallace's third-party run in 1968, and maybe even Strom Thurmond's in 1948. He has adopted a retro racism, telling primary voters in no uncertain terms that if you're looking for the candidate who will indulge and validate your ugliest impulses, Trump is your man. And nearly as shamefully, his opponents tiptoe around the issue, unwilling to criticize him too severely. And that could be the most .....
- Jersey City 'Viagra': Trump, Fox, GOP -- Spewing Fiction, Hatred & Racism Faster Than The Hudson River! By : Benjy Sarlin
Trump's turn toward racially charged fiction challenges the GOP: Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for president of the United States, is spreading falsehoods and stoking fears about blacks, Muslims, and Latinos. Trump has surged into a clear lead among Republicans in surveys since the deadly attacks on Paris, amid heightened public concern over whether Americans face similar dangers at home. Trump's latest comments are not the first time he has delved into unsupported conspiracy theories and out-of-nowhere facts. The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog has awarded his statements ....
- To Democrats: You MUST Punch The Lying, GOP Know-Nothing Bully-Candidates in The Nose By : Bill Curry
Between now and Iowa the Democratic National Committee has allowed just two debates. It isn't enough for Democrats to just say no to Republican xenophobia. They must show the American people they have a better way to make us safe and heal the world.
- Robert Reich: There's a Good Chance an Idiot Might Become President of The U.S.A By : Robert Reich
Ben Carson: Unable to process foreign policy? -- One of Ben Carson's foreign policy advisers is claiming that the retired-neurosurgeon-turned-presidential-candidate has been unable to process "one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East". According to a New York Times report, Duane R Clarridge - a retired Central Intelligence Agency official who has been coaching Dr Carson on international affairs for several years - has been frustrated with his inability to comprehend the intricacies of national security despite regular briefings from experts.
- 'Doomed' Republicans Set To Nominate a Right-Wing Loon Like Ben Carson or Ted Cruz By : Bill Curry
The theory that Republicans will bail out Democrats by nominating a crazy person for president exemplifies magical thinking. Every four years they make an early feint toward doing it, then pull back, outfox their base and pick someone more presentable. Maybe this year they'll blow it; God knows they seem nuttier than ever. But their establishment's moving heaven and earth to keep it from happening. Fox News is as much a part of that establishment as the Republican National Committee. Like Reince Priebus and Karl Rove, Roger Ailes knows that nominating Ben Carson or Donald Trump could spell ...
- Deportation Force: Trump's 'Humane' 'Operation Wetback' 2.0 By : Heather Digby Parton
The GOP's totalitarian nightmare: Donald Trump's immigration plan is insane—and insanely popular. More and more Republicans support Trump's draconian—and downright inhumane—deportation proposal. It Came Up In The Debate: Here Are 3 Things To Know About 'Operation Wetback'. And more here. Politically this is terrible for the GOP and all the sane people in the party understand this. They know they will lose elections wherever Latinos and all good people of other races and ethnicities live because it's an affront to human decency to even suggest such a thing. But there's nothing they can do......
- New Electoral Tipping Point: America's Future is Definitely NOT Republican By : Stanley Greenberg
New and profound demographic changes will give the Democrats a huge advantage in the 2016 election, and beyond. This Republican race to the political bottom is happening because America's conservatives are losing the culture wars. The US is now beyond the electoral tipping point, driven by a new progressive majority in the electorate: racial minorities (black and Hispanic) plus single women, millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) and secular voters together formed 51% of the electorate in 2012; and will reach a politically critical 63% next year. They have produced a country where racial ...
- Dr. Ben Carson Was Sued for Malpractice at Least 8 Times By : Gideon Resnick
One woman, suffering from multiple sclerosis, claimed Carson failed to review her MRI before performing a risky neurosurgery procedure. In 1996, Maryland resident Mary Perna sued Carson and Johns Hopkins University on behalf of herself and her husband, Steven. According to the claim, Perna was suffering from multiple sclerosis and by October of 1994, she had facial pain on the left side of her face and vision problems that "were virtually unchecked," despite the prescription medication that she was taking. The lawsuit alleged that Carson didn't review Perna's MRI before conducting three unnece
- Isaac J. Bailey: I'm The GOP's Ideal Black Voter and I'm Giving Up on The Party By : Isaac J. Bailey
I'm the GOP's Ideal Black Voter, but after the summer of Trump—and, yes, Carson too—I'm giving up on the party. The message conservatives have long sent black people is: Work hard, commit to education, take responsibility for yourself and make wise decisions. Implicit in this is the insulting notion that black people would know nothing about such things if they hadn’t been pointed out by white Republicans (and some black conservatives), and that if black people follow this route, conservatives will at least respect, if not embrace, them. Then along came the Obamas, the personification ....
- This is What a Misogynist Pig Sounds Like: 6 of Donald Trump's Most Sexist Moments By : Sophia Tesfaye
Trump's history of flippant misogyny: For decades, Donald Trump has made flippant misogyny as much a part of his trademark as his ostentatious lifestyle. Now, the former reality-television host and current front-runner in the polls for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination may be paying a price for a boorish barb that also renewed his party's internal consternation over its recent history of alienating women voters.
- Job-Killing Delusions: Republicans are Such Ferocious Liars About What Makes The U.S. Economy Work By : Paul Krugman
The arithmetic on partisan differences is actually stunning. Last year economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson circulated a paper comparing economic performance under Democratic and Republican presidents since 1947. Under Democrats, the economy grew, on average, 4.35 percent per year; under Republicans, only 2.54 percent. Over the whole period, the economy was in recession for 49 quarters; Democrats held the White House during only eight of those quarters. One constantly hears assertions that Ronald Reagan achieved economic and job growth never matched before or since, when the reality is
- The GOP's 'Predator-Tank' Debate: Separating The Predators From The Prey By : James Opiko
All night, the GOP combatants peddled repeatedly discredited talking points and debunked myths that have consistently been amplified by Fox News. Fox has a long history of guiding the Republican party on policy positions and influencing the GOP primary process, and several of the candidates' debate remarks were conspicuously similar to narratives that have originated on or been promoted by the Fox News Channel.
- In Ben Carson Right-Wingers are Desperately Groping For a 'Perfect' Obama By : James Opiko
There is a delusional hope (what is in that tea they are drinkin?) that the black electorate will automatically shift gears to back Carson—because he is black—and peel off minority support from front-runner Hillary Clinton. They must believe their own rhetoric: That we voted for Obama in large numbers simply because he is black,/u>. The second key element is that Carson's candidacy provides a "we are not racists" shield for them to hide behind. See. Look. The. Man. Is. Black. We teapubs have black people too. -- Denise Oliver Velez at Daily Kos (10/18/2015)
- 'Blue-Eyed Father God': Why Hillary Makes Right-Wingers So Crazy By : Adele M. Stan
In the right-wing mind, there is nothing so ruinous to America as the liberation of women. The right's entire ideological structure is built on worship of the Great White Father and veneration of the stern, Caucasian, disciplinarian dad. It's a worldview centered on a jealous, blue-eyed Father God, a military dispatched to teach the world a lesson, and a president who serves as the national patriarch. A President Hillary Rodham Clinton poses the gravest threat to that worldview yet—perhaps even graver than the threat to it posed by the nation's first black president, given that ........
- Trump & Christie: A Tale of Two Goonish, Arrogant, Self-Obsessed, Egomaniacal Bullies By : Joe Seldner
Donald doesn't know his stuff, and is both proud of it, and hailed as a hero for being uninformed by his Kool-Aid drinking loyal supporters. Being ignorant of policy and world affairs is a badge of honor for Donald. Christie's in-your-face style appealed to some until Donald came along and ripped your face off -- all the while telling you he did it smarter and better than anyone, and anyway, illegal immigrants were to blame.
- Trump v. Clinton: Expect a Spectacular Thumping in 2016 Elections By : Amanda Marcotte
Clearly, Republican voters are delusional. It's hard to imagine any scenario where Trump doesn't lose spectacularly against Clinton. Consider how much Romney's chances were hurt by his indelicate "47 percent" comment. And that was mild compared to Trump's relentless hateful bleating about Mexicans (and immigrants in general), his unsubtle racism regarding President Obama, and his ugly attitudes about women that will likely not be contained for the many months of running against a woman.
- 'Government Fleecing' Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan and Right-Wing Extremist By : Peter Dreier
Despite Ryan's persistent attacks on government spending, his family's construction business has been anchored in building roads on government contracts. Despite his worship of private-sector entrepreneurs, he's spent his entire career as a government employee. Despite being a crusader against anti-poverty programs, Ryan is a millionaire who made his money the old-fashioned way: by marrying a woman who inherited a fortune. Ryan has made his reputation demonizing poor people. His most popular metaphor was the anti-poverty programs had failed because instead of being a safety net they'd become a
- Simon Says: Boom! Wham! Zowie! GOP Wolves Looking For Sheep By : Roger Simon
The Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections. They now appear determined to make it six out of seven. There is a reason Trump and Carson command nearly half of the Republican vote, and it has nothing to do with quiet charm or force of personality. The Republican Party has peddled xenophobia, misogyny and willful ignorance, year after year. So it is not surprising that it has come up with xenophobic, misogynistic and willfully ignorant candidates. Nor is it surprising that these candidates have risen to the top.
- Republicans Are Running Out of Talented Con-Men to Sell Their Garbage Agenda By : Paul Krugman
How will the chaos that the crazies, I mean the Freedom Caucus, have wrought in the House get resolved? I have no idea. But as this column went to press, practically the whole Republican establishment was pleading with Paul Ryan, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, to become speaker. He is, everyone says, the only man who can save the day.
- NUT-Boy: 'Gentle' Ben Carson Gives New Meaning To Crazy By : Mike Barnicle
Somewhat incredibly -- a small percentage of people are listening to 'Gentle' Ben. And he is indeed running for President of the United States. And each day he takes the field and gives new meaning to crazy. Gentle NUT-BOY Carson has managed to prove he has lost more than a few shingles off his roof. His supporters list several reasons why they would consider voting for him: "He seems like a nice man. He speaks softly. He is a fine Christian. He speaks his mind."
- It's So Much Worse Than Ben Carson: Grotesque Pandering to Gun Nuts From Republicans Who Would Be President By : Amanda Marcotte
Looking over the field of candidate responses to this, the Republican strategy on guns has become quite clear: Minimize the violence and find anyone or anything else—including the victims themselves—to blame instead of our country's failed gun policies.
- Fuck Ben Carson | The GOP's Arms Race of Stupid By : Drew Magary
You are now bearing witness to an arms race of stupid, because stupid is in such high demand from the GOP base at the present moment. Donald Trump, for all of his bluster, is at least authentically stupid. Read this story if you don't believe me. All these other guys are clown posers. Trump is the genuine article.
- How Trump Became Trump and What That Means for the Rest of Us By : Nomi Prins
Consider the presidency as Donald Trump's ultimate deal. And don't think for a second that if he entered the Oval Office his money and deal-making lust and every conflict of interest that went with them wouldn't follow him there. Though you might not know it from the incessant media coverage of his candidacy or his P.T. Barnum-ish self-glorification, there are plenty of pieces missing from his financial story that call into question both his skill as a dealmaker and his business. mfvkvfm6689
- Donald 'Birther' Trump's Appeal Explained in 5 Simple Steps By : Paul H. Rosenberg
Birtherism was the key to Trump's transformation from the apolitical celebrity he had been to the right-wing hero role that he's playing today. But far from being some sort of freak anomaly, once again we see Trump's actions are a snug fit within the broader patterns of American politics—in this case, the historical trend of increasing negative partisanship."To some Republicans," Skinner wrote, "if Donald Trump is saying bad things about That Kenyan in the White House, he can't be all bad."
- The Importance of Donald Trump & How He is Saving America's 'Democracy' By : Frank Rich
Frank Rich: "Far from destroying our democracy, Trump is exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is not. And changing it in the process. Trump will not make America great again, but there's at least a chance that the chaos he sows will clear the way for those who can. If Hillary Clinton's campaign or the Republican Party is reduced to rubble along the way, we can live with it."
- The GOP Debate's Terrifying Alternate Reality: Inside the Political Delusions of a Party on the Edge By : Chauncey DeVega
The 2016 Republican primary season is a human zoo. The frightening fact is that one of the survivors of this battle royal will be one of the two candidates for President of the United States next year. With perhaps the exception of Rand Paul, at least on this one issue — seem either unable or unwilling to grasp how the chaos and confusion in the Middle East, which they bemoan and panic over as a sign of a "weak" America (and of course caused only by President Obama), are directly (and indirectly
- Why America Is Fascinated By Sneering Bullies Like Donald Trump By : Amanda Marcotte
Trump is the rich, white male bully who revels in his privilege and enjoys stomping on those with less unearned social power than he has. And the Republican base is eating it up.
- Triumph of The Wrong(GOP): Why The 'Wrong About Everything' Party Won The 2014 Mid-Terms By : Paul Krugman
Masking their real positions won't be so easy now that the Republicans are in power: The biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy. From Day 1 of the Obama administration, Mr. McConnell and his colleagues have done everything they could to undermine effective policy, in particular blocking every effort to do the obvious thing — boost infrastructure spending — in a time of low interest rates ....
- When Bullies(Republicans) Win: How Do Weary Americans Face the Post-Election Trauma? By : Lynn Stuart Parramore
Most of us did not escape that moment on the playground when the bully came over and demanded our candy. What could we do? The bruising boy and the mean girl used fear and intimidation to get their way. If that didn't work, there were other methods. Sometimes the bully had powerful friends and came on gangster-style. Other times the mean girl shoved and hit us and left us flailing in the dirt. However it happened, it left wounds.
- 6 Right-Wing Disasters This Week: Egomaniac Bill O'Reilly Drops Accidental Truth Bomb By : Janet Allon
Bill O'Reilly chatted with radio host Tavis Smiley on Thursday, about how black people are to blame for their economic problems, blah blah blah same old, same old. But Papa Bill also said something simultaneously bizarre and true. He told Smiley that Republicans are "more intimidated than uncaring. I think they're afraid... I think they're afraid of, uh, black people, yeah."
- After Losing The Battle For The Senate, Obama Should Go on Offense. It's Time He Waged War for Real! By : Brian Beutler
Democrats must do best not to fracture on the assumption that the public just gave the hushed Republican policy agenda a vote of confidence, but to oppose it with confidence that when it's laid against the Democratic agenda two year from now, the public will reject it. That means standing pat if and when Republicans try to slash taxes, weaken environmental regulations, damage Obamacare, and maximize the deportation of low-priority offenders. It means not voting in politically expedient ways and hiding behind Obama's veto, but borrowing from Majority Leader-designate Mitch McConnell, who famously boasted that during Obama's first term, Republicans "worked very hard to keep our fingerprints off [Democratic] proposals, because we thought—correctly, I think—that the only way the American people would know that a great debate was going on was if the measures were not bipartisan."
- Stunning Disloyalty: Leon Panetta Backstabs Pres. Obama For Profit .....For Hillary Clinton? By : Dana Milbank
Leon Panetta, other former Obama subordinates show stunning disloyalty: George W. Bush got criticism from former advisers (Paul O'Neill, John DiIulio), as did Bill Clinton (George Stephanopoulos, Dick Morris), but this level of disloyalty is stunning, even though it is softened with praise for Obama's intellect.
- The GOP's Dark, Racist Art of Election Stealing By : Heather Digby Parton
The Shameful Racism of Southern Conservatives (Republicans): They Just Don't Want Minorities to Vote -- Sometimes conservative politicians, particularly those who hail from the South, accidentally forget to dog-whistle and they say what's really on their minds. It's always revealing.
- SLURS: Republican Reaction to Obama's ISIS Speech -- Inaccurate, Unhelpful, Even Unpatriotic By : Joe Conason
The neoconservatives who promoted that ruinous adventure have loftily advised us all not to reargue the decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Their desire to avoid accountability for a historic blunder -- still costing so many lives and so much treasure -- is understandable, if not quite honorable. But if they want amnesty for themselves, they might stop trying to frame President Obama for the awful consequences of their misconduct.
- The GOP's 'Impeachment Nonsense' is Proof That Republicans Are Not Ready To Govern By : Lincoln Mitchell
Republican Impeachment Embarrassment: The most striking thing about the efforts to impeach the president is not that this idea was mentioned by conservatives in Congress, but that the idea has completely backfired on the Republican Party. The Republicans were foolish to let any discussion of impeachment make it into the media or even be floated in Congress, but once they made that mistake they called foul when the other party responded predictably, reasonably and effectively.
- Let's Sue the GOP: A Lawsuit Would be One Gesture. But Big-Time Election Losses Would Work Better By : Leo Gerard
House Republicans last week overwhelmingly endorsed suing President Barack Obama for delaying part of the Affordable Care Act, a law Republicans hate and condemn and voted 50 times to repeal. So, really, the president did exactly what the GOP claims it wants. But they're suing anyway
- Fear of a Non-White Nation: The GOP's Problem With Hispanics Goes Much Deeper Than Immigration Reform By : Danny Vinik
When Hispanics, in turn, vote in 2016 -- en masse for Hillary Clinton as president, Republicans should not blame the party's inability to pass immigration reform. They should blame their party's refusal to recognize the changing nature of the country.
- The GOP Self-Destruction is Complete: Millennials Officially Hate Conservatives By : Ana Marie Cox
Right now, Democrats benefit from both the form and content of conservative message: this next generation is not just inclusive, but conflict-adverse. Millennials cringe at the old-man-yelling-at-gay-clouds spectacle of the Tea Party. Perhaps this comes from living in such close proximity of their parents for so long. If this generation does have a political philosophy, it's this: "First, do no harm." If it has a guiding moral principle, it's simpler: "Don't be embarrassing."
- 12 of the Most Inhumane American Presidents By : Al Carroll
That five presidents carried out both heinous and humane actions in our history says much about the power of the office, that neglect, carelessness, or lack of reflection can cause mass deaths as much as evil intent. That in part is what this kind of ranking is designed to impart and get the reader to think about rather than simple cheering for the presidency, American power, or one's own party, or belief.
- The Benghazi-Industrial Complex: Will The Pseudo GOP Scandal Be Enough To Stop Hillary From Running in 2016? By : Michael Hirsh
Clinton's 20-year sojourn in public life has been bracketed, jarringly, by two pseudo-scandals, both involving the tragic and less-than-fully-explained death of an important man in Hillary's orbit. In between there have been assorted smears and public humiliations, including real traumas like Monicagate, the cumulative effect of which has been to make Hillary reluctant to reenter the political game. Or so many of her friends and aides say, and so Republicans must be hoping.
- Cliven Bundy Saga Reveals The Risk of Cozying Up To Extremists By : Dana Milbank
Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy knows how to start a stampede. After Bundy, who became a right-wing hero for his refusal to acknowledge the authority of the federal government, wondered aloud about whether "Negro" people were "better off as slaves," conservative figures who had celebrated his cause rushed to distance themselves from him.
- The Right's Sociopathic New SCAM: Using [Gullible]Americans To Harm Their Own Health Plans By : Brian Beutler
GOP-aligned groups are now exploiting innocent people who need Obamacare -- by having them campaign for its demise. Every time an enemy of the Affordable Care Act promotes a new Obamacare "horror story," the law's supporters, and a handful of diligent reporters, are given an exciting new opportunity to assess whether the story really stands up to scrutiny, or whether it's a product of exaggeration, ignorance, malice, prejudice or a combination thereof.
- New Illinois Law to Centralize Health Care By : Szandor Blestman
This article discusses the new SHCIP law being considered by Illinois and how such a law may infringe upon the practices of private doctors.
- Govt. Shut-Down: Marauder SHUT-DOWN Republicans Relive Confederacy Fantasies By : Steven Rosenfeld
The House-led federal government shutdown is more than maddening, but nobody should be surprised by the Republican confederacy behind it. Nor should anyone underestimate this century's secessionists.
- ObamaCare Hysteria: The GOP Moves From The 'Stupid Party' To The 'Crazy Party' By : Paul Krugman
Early this year, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, made headlines by telling his fellow Republicans that they needed to stop being the "stupid party." Unfortunately, Mr. Jindal failed to offer any constructive suggestions about how they might do that. And, in the months that followed, he himself proceeded to say and do a number of things that were, shall we say, not especially smart.
- Blink! Blink!: 'Unhinged' Suicide Leap -- Republicans in Fantasyland on 'Obama-Care' By : Eugene Robinson
The Republican majority in the House, though, is . . . what's the word? Unpredictable? Uncontrollable? Unhinged? They pay little attention to wise political advice and less attention to their leader, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. And while they can't lay a glove on Obamacare, they're fully capable of knocking themselves out.
- Hypocrite: Obamacare Critic Texas Gov. Rick Perry Seeks Cash From Healthcare Law By : Kyle Cheney
Gov. Rick Perry wants to kill Obamacare dead, but Texas health officials are in talks with the Obama administration about accepting an estimated $100 million available through the health law to care for the elderly and disabled, POLITICO has learned.
- Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You'll Never Hear About It in Our 'Free Press' By : Noam Chomsky
The following is a transcript of a recent speech delivered Noam Chomsky in Bonn, Germany, at DW Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany. You can read more speeches by Chomsky here.
- Attention, Reince Priebus: Send in The [GOP] Clown Cars By : Roger Simon
Reince Priebus's threat to ban CNN & NBC from Republican primary debates -- is a thoroughly empty one. The Republican National Committee controls neither the debates nor the candidates. The candidates will appear at whatever debates they choose, sponsored by whatever outlets they choose. Priebus thinks he owns the circus. But, in reality, he doesn't even control the clowns.
- Eve of Destruction: The Self-Wounded GOP Could Go Down Big in 2016 By : Mike Allen & Jim VandeHei
Republicans are in jeopardy of convincing voters they simply cannot govern. Their favorable ratings are terrible and getting worse. But there is broad concern it could go from worse to an unmitigated disaster this fall. Most urgently, according to a slew of key Republicans we interviewed, conservative GOP senators have got to give up their insistence that the party allow the government to shut down after Sept. 30 if they don't get their way on defunding Obamacare.
- Demographic Suicide: The Tea Party's Path to Irrelevance By : James Traub
Today's Republicans are not likely to disappear completely, like the Federalists did. But Republican leaders like Mr. Rubio and Mr. Graham understand that a party that seeks to defy demography, relying on white resentment toward a rising tide of nonwhite newcomers, dooms itself to permanent minority status. Opposing big government is squarely in the American grain; trying to hold back the demographic tide is quixotic. Professional politicians do not want to become the party of a legacy class.
- The GOP Is Terrified Obamacare Could Be a Success By : Jon Favreau
Has anyone else noticed how pathetically frightened the Republican Party is that Obamacare just might succeed? I know, we're all supposed to think the End Is Nigh because the government has decided to give the 10 percent of large employers who don't insure their workers another 365 days to do so before levying a small penalty. This could not possibly be a reasonable accommodation to protect jobs and businesses, because as everybody knows, this president hates jobs and businesses.
- The GOP's Clueless Caucus By : Alexander Burns
They've waxed philosophic about "legitimate rape," reflected on the economic role of "wetbacks" and denounced the actions of "brazen, self-described illegal aliens." They've lamented that "mom got in the workplace" and called out the United States attorney general for casting "aspersions on my asparagus." Call them the clueless caucus of the Republican Party.
- Leonard Pitts: On Obama Scandals, GOP Needs To Take a Breath! By : Leonard Pitts Jr.
You'd think they'd never seen a scandal before. Like the nerd hero of some R-rated sex comedy who suddenly finds himself alone with a willing girl for the first time, some on the Republican right are giddy, hyperventilating and acting a little goofy at the troubles now plaguing Team Obama. Not that one can't understand their eagerness. It must feel like Wile E. Coyote finally nailing that bleeping Road Runner after years of Acme product failures. Similarly, after years of trying to .....
- Why People Keep Misunderstanding the 'Connection' Between Race and IQ By : Brink Lindsey
Last week Heritage Foundation scholar Jason Richwine, coauthor of a hotly disputed new study on the fiscal costs of comprehensive immigration reform, resigned his position in a hail of controversy over his 2009 Harvard Ph.D. dissertation. In that dissertation Richwine had argued, among other things, that American "Hispanics" are less intelligent than native-born whites as evidenced by their lower average scores on IQ tests. Richwine then attributed Hispanics' alleged intellectual inferiority ...
- Violent Losers: Half of Republicans Think an Armed Rebellion To Overthrow Obama 'Might Be Necessary' By : David Sirota
According to the Fairleigh Dickinson poll, 44 percent of rank-and-file Republicans seem to believe that because they aren't getting their way through the ballot box, bloodshed may be justified to impose their will on everyone else. Think of it as sore loser-ism juiced by violence.
- Inside The New George W. Bush Presidential LIE-bury: An Elaborate Attempt To Bury a 'Criminal Legacy' By : Robert Parry
Will Visitors to George W. Bush's New Presidential "Lie Bury" Fall for the Gimmicky Game That Helps Him Evade Accountability? The strategy at George W. Bush's presidential library for fending off criticism of Bush's controversial – indeed criminal – decisions is to put a visitor on the defensive with the question: "Well, what would you have done?" The idea is to get the average person to sympathize with the 43rd president's predicament and thus judge him more leniently.
- Fox News' Audience Is Literally Dying: Is Roger Ailes' Grand Experiment in Propaganda Doomed? By : Reed Richardson
In the annals of Fox News, October 2012 will likely stand out as a shining moment. Buoyed by a wave of Republican optimism about Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, the network seemed tantalizingly close to realizing one of its key ideological goals: ousting President Obama from the White House. Renewed enthusiasm among conservatives was, in turn, triggering record-high ratings for much of the network's programming and helping it to beat not just rival news competitors MSNBC and CNN .....
- Comprehensive Immigration Reform Could Be Electoral Bonanza For Democrats, Crippling For The GOP By : Emily Schultheis
The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation's political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily.
- Demographics: Why The GOP is Stuck With 'Angry Old White People' By : Joshua Holland
How Right-Wingers in Congress Came to Represent a Whole Different Country: With an assist from some long-term demographic trends, House Republicans have redistricted, propagandized and policed themselves into another country. As a result, they have become unmoored from the political incentives that typically drive law-makers' decision-making process. Public opinion no longer sways them, and that is creating a potentially insurmountable problem for the party establishment's efforts to broaden the GOP's appeal beyond angry old white people.
- Tea Party Titan, Sen. Rand Paul: 'I Am Either Brave or Crazy To Be Here at Howard University' By : Dana Milbank
Tea party titan Rand Paul, visiting Howard University on Wednesday, told students that he had been called "either brave or crazy to be here" at the historically black college. Probably some of each: brave, because he's trying to sell himself and fellow Republicans to African Americans, a singularly resistant demographic; and crazy, because he based his pitch on revised history and airbrushed facts -- and the Howard kids weren't fooled.
- Hoodwink FAIL: Rand Paul Explains 'Black History' To 'Black People' By : Adele M. Stan
In apparent preparation for the presidential bid he's contemplating, Paul addressed a polite but skeptical audience in a speech that was part damage-control, part condescending history lesson and part appeal to African-Americans to embrace his neo-libertarian philosophy.
- Why Americans Are So Ignorant -- It's Not Only Fox News, There Are Some Understandable Reasons For It By : Lawrence Davidson
Sure propaganda, government secrecy and Fox News have a lot to do with it. But there are broader societal pressures as well. We might explain this as the result of faulty education; however, there are other, just as embarrassing, moments involving the well educated.
- The GOP's Problem? Racist, Bigoted, Hard-Core Conservatives. By : Andrew Kohut
The numbers prove it: The GOP is estranged from America. Any Republican efforts at reinvention face this dilemma: While staunch conservatives help keep GOP lawmakers in office, they also help keep the party out of the White House. Quite simply, the Republican Party has to appeal to a broader cross section of the electorate to succeed in presidential elections.
- The RAP on Marco Rubio -- The 'The Republican Savior' By : Maureen Dowd
Right now, Marco is like a paper doll, trying on different outfits of style and substance as the party oohs and aahs. As Nicolle Wallace, the former adviser to Sarah Palin, gushed to George Stephanopoulos: "He's modern. He knows who Tupac is. He is on social media." And "he's close to the younger Bushes." Who could ask for anything more?
- Original Sin: Why The GOP is And Will Continue To Be The Party of 'White People' By : Sam Tanenhaus
The GOP is in jeopardy, the gravest since 1964, of ceasing to be a national party. It is not a coincidence that the resurgence of nullification is happening while our first African American president is in office. Race will always be a complex issue in America. There is no total cleansing of an original sin.
- Forget Red vs. Blue -- It's 'Slave States' vs. 'Free States' From 2012 Onwards By : Michael Lind
Now that they dominate the Republican party, Southern conservatives are using it to carry out the same strategies that they promoted during the generations when they controlled the Democratic Party, from the days of Andrew Jackson and Martin van Buren to the Civil Rights Revolution of the 1950s and 1960s. From the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, the oligarchs of the American South have sought to defend the Southern system, what used to be known as the Southern Way of Life.
- Obama Follows in Ronald Reagan's Footsteps By : E.J. Dionne Jr.
Reagan forced Democrats to realize they wouldn't keep winning simply by invoking FDR's legacy. Paradoxically, in following Reagan's political lead, Obama is setting out to prove that the Reagan era is finally over.
- Go For The Throat: Why Obama Should Seek To Destroy The Republican Party By : John Dickerson
Go For The Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party. Obama's only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents. Through a series of clarifying fights over controversial issues, he can force Republicans to either side with their coalition's most extreme elements or cause a rift in the party that will leave it, at least ......
- Taking The Economy Hostage is No Way To Legislate; Why The Republican 'Chicken Game' is Reprehensible By : Staff Writer
Suppose a couple is having a hard time making ends meet. What are the options? One is to cut spending on things like eating out. Another is to increase income by taking a second job. Ideally, they'd agree on a combination of the two options. The worst approach would be to simply stop payments on the mortgage, credit card bills and other obligations while bickering endlessly about who's at fault.
- Confessions of a GOP Operative Who Left 'THE CULT': 3 Things You Must Know About the Lunatic-Filled Republican Party By : Mike Lofgren
Barbara Stanwyck: "We're both rotten!" | Fred MacMurray: "Yeah - only you're a little more rotten." -- "Double Indemnity" (1944) Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America. Both parties are rotten - how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in .....
- The Incompetent (GOP) Clowns of Capitol Hill By : Eugene Robinson
Our clown-around Congress: To say that Congress looked like a clown show this week is an insult to self-respecting clowns. Painful though it may be, let's review what just happened. Our august legislators -- aided and abetted by President Obama -- manufactured a fake crisis. They then proceeded to handle it so incompetently that they turned it into a real one.
- Fiscal Cliff: How Republicans Befool Fellow Republicans By : Michael Tomasky
How Republicans Are Duping Members of Their Own Party: It's grade-school civics that the two parties in Washington represent the views of the people who sent them there, and usually, it's true, or true enough. But a funny thing is happening on the way to the fiscal cliff, which is that Washington Republicans, according to a very interesting new poll, are not representing the positions of rank-and-file Republicans. So whose views are they representing? Good question. And here's another ....
- Demographic Shift: How Barack Obama Changed The Face of America By : Peter Foster
The paradox of the 2012 US election was that despite the numerical proximity of the vote Mr Obama's open-minded liberal coalition may now have taken a permanent stranglehold on the US political map. And in their inclusive fervour they have left half the country locked outside the door. Among young voters, he secured two thirds of the preferences of those aged between 18 and 29. They are almost a fifth of the electorate. For the first time last year in America more babies were born to .....
- The Myth of the Obama Cave-In: Obama's Brilliant 2010 Strategy Against Republicans By : David Corn
With the "fiscal cliff" looming, the conventional wisdom is that the president capitulated during the last tax cut fight. Here's what really happened: Obama didn't surrender in 2010. He turned a face-off over the Bush tax cuts into an opportunity to enact a second stimulus that he otherwise could not get past Senate Republicans. When the deal was done, many of Obama's own political allies did not immediately recognize what he had won. To many on the outside, it did seem as if he had caved.
- How Doomed are U.S. Conservatives Politically? Pretty Doomed! By : Jonathan Chait
If you look carefully at the Pew Research Survey's close analysis of the youth vote in the 2012 elections. The Republicans' long-term dilemma has generally been framed in racial terms, but it's mainly a generational one. The youngest generation of voters contains a much smaller proportion of white voters than previous generations, and those whites in that generation vote Republican by a much smaller margin than their elders.
- Post 2012, a Coalition of Aging, 'Angry' White Men is a Recipe For Failure For Republicans By : Nicholas D. Kristof
Can Republicans Adapt? -- This was one that the Republicans really should have won. Given the weak economy, American voters were open to firing President Obama. In Europe, in similar circumstances, one government after another lost re-election. And, at the beginning of this year, it looked as if the Republicans might win control of the United States Senate as well.
- Michael Wolff: 2012 U.S. Election Alters Media Landscape By : Michael Wolff
The presidential election was a victory for a younger, ethnic, urban, no-family nation and, at least within the margin of victory, a repudiation of a white, older, family-value, rural America that watches right-wing media. This America has not only watched right-wing media but has made it pretty much the only media business that has experienced sustained, double-digit growth, even through the recession.
- Mitt Romney Is President -- Of 'White Male America' By : Maureen Dowd
IT makes sense that Mitt Romney and his advisers are still gobsmacked by the fact that they're not commandeering the West Wing. (Though, as "The Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver jested, the White House might have been one of the smaller houses Romney ever lived in.) Team Romney has every reason to be shellshocked. Its candidate, after all, resoundingly won the election of the country he was wooing. Mitt Romney is the president of white male America.
- The GOP's Gerrymandered 'Congressional Districts' Give an Illusion of a 'Status Quo' By : Harold Meyerson
Republicans love to proclaim their affinity for the marketplace and the genius of competition. But it's precisely by suppressing competition, and crafting uncompetitive districts, that they maintained their hold on the House last week. Any notion that House Republicans have a mandate of their own that they can bring to a fight with the president is spurious. Their grasp on the House derives not from voter sentiment but almost entirely from the line-drawers' art.
- The Loin King By : Maureen Dowd
Has President Spock, who bounded into action on Sandy and rocked a New Jersey woman in his arms, really grown? Or is he giving us what we want for the moment so we'll give him what he wants for the next four years?
- How Christian Fundamentalism Feeds the Toxic Partisanship of US Politics By : Katherine Stewart
The idea is that on one day of the school year, kids are invited to have lunch with the kind of kids they don't usually hang out with: the jocks mix with the nerds, lunch tables are racially integrated, et cetera. Sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center as part of their Teaching Tolerance division, it arose out of a broad effort to tackle the problems of bullying in the schools and bigotry in society – and it appears to have been effective in breaking down stereotypes and reducing .....
- Why an Obama Loss in The Elections Would Be Good For Him and The World By : Charles Onyango-Obbo
Obama has the energy and smarts to be an influential international citizen and non-state actor, and to join Clinton and Gates as the non-white face at the top of the international NGO high priesthood. To do that, he first has to lose the election.
- Why Are States So Red and Blue? By : Steven Pinker
Conservative thinkers like the economist Thomas Sowell and the Times columnist David Brooks have noted that the political right has a Tragic Vision of human nature, in which people are permanently limited in morality, knowledge and reason.
- Obama's Squandered Advantages [ Inspite of Compulsive Liar Mitt Romney ] By : Frank Bruni
After "a couple of Cadillacs," a summer belly-flop abroad, a dismissive swipe at 47 percent of the population and a convention best remembered for Clint Eastwood's chat with a chair, Mitt Romney is seemingly tied with President Obama. He has a real chance. It's a remarkable turn of events, given how many errors he's made and how ill suited he is to this particular juncture in the American story. And to size up the situation honestly is to consider one conclusion as seriously as any other .......
- Romney Family Owns Voting Machines Which Will Count Votes in Ohio, Crucial 'Swing States' By : Craig Unger
Romney-linked Voting Machine Company Which Will Count Votes in Ohio and Other Crucial Swing States: Voting machine provider Hart Intercivic will be counting the votes in various counties in the crucial swing states of Ohio and Colorado and elsewhere throughout the country come November 6—even though it has extensive corporate ties to the Mitt Romney camp, and even though a study commissioned by the state of Ohio has labeled its voting system a "failure" when it comes to protecting the integrity of election.
- Reality vs. Republican 'Reality': Obama Won The Debate & Everyone But Romney & The Republicans Know That By : Michael Tomasky
Monday may be the most important single day of the campaign. Obama won the debate. Everyone this side of Charles Krauthammer agrees that Romney was general and platitudinous and not that engaged. That makes two out of three. You might think that would mean momentum. And yet the conventional wisdom is congealing right now—it is hardening, minute by minute—that Romney is going to win the election.
- Ken Bode: Romney's Shifting Positions By : Ken Bode
If Romney did not grow up imbued with kindness toward the less fortunate, he did recognize political opportunity. Knocking off Kennedy would vault him into the front ranks of future GOP presidential nominees.
- Bill Moyers: The Rise of Hispanic America By : Bill Moyers
The growing electoral clout of the Latino constituency is getting harder for national politicians to ignore.
- Cohen: The Right's Mad Quest To 'Unmask' Obama; Desperately Seeking The 'Real' Obama By : Richard Cohen
Last week something notable happened. The Daily Caller, a conservative Web site, came up with a tape of President Obama speaking in the spring of 2007 to an audience of black ministers about matters of concern to black ministers and their black congregants. After the tape was aired, conservative commentators announced with considerable urgency that they had discovered "the real Barack Obama." He is — and there are reliable sources for this — a black man!
- Obama vs. Romney: Why The Pundits Are Wrong About The Denver Debate By : Lynn Parramore
Obama may well be seen to lose every single debate. But it will not matter to the outcome. Slow and steady does not make good TV viewing of an evening, but it wins the race. Remember the Tortoise.
- So It Has Come To This: Romney 'Wears as Little As Possible' To Bed While Obama is 'Eye Candy' By : Maureen Dowd
So it has come to this: While the Muslim world was burning, Mitt Romney was telling Kelly Ripa that he wears as little as possible to bed. And on the day world leaders gathered at the United Nations, President Obama's only high-level sit-down in New York was with the ladies of "The View," teasing, "I'm just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys." Romney said he was very troubled that Obama went on "The View" and skipped meeting other leaders, especially Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
- Ann Romney Doesn't Understand Poverty; Poverty is More Than Tuna and Pasta By : Richard Cohen
When I was 19, I lived in a furnished room on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. My kitchen table was the bathtub with a cover over it. I had no shower, and the common toilet was down the hall, where some guy named Michael kept trying to get in. I was going to college at night, working in the mailroom of an insurance company by day, and taking home something like $48 a week. Given the rhetoric of recent days, this qualifies me for president of the United States.
- Demand Freedom, Not Free Stuff By : Szandor Blestman
This article discusses the differences between freedom and free stuff and urges the reader to choose a more free society over receiving free stuff from the government.
- Politicians, Language and Control Mechanisms By : Szandor Blestman
This article discusses how politicians use language to manipulate you and maintain control of society.
- Charlotte, N.C.: Obama Comes To Bat By : Roger Simon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mistakes were made. Hopes dashed. Change crushed. We were all so eager for Barack Obama to succeed. Especially the Republicans. Yes, it is true. They say so.
- The G.O.P. Fact Vacuum; Paul Ryan Set a 'World Record' For Blatant Lies at Tampa Convention By : Charles M. Blow
Honesty is a lost art. Facts are for losers. The truth is dead. Pick one. Whatever the term of art, they all signal a dark turn, and, this week, the Republican Party took that turn with reckless abandon.
- Nature's Joke on The GOP: Isaac Brushes Past an Obsolete Convention By : Dana Milbank
TAMPA — On Day 1 of their tempest-tossed convention, Republicans ran up the debt, said a prayer — and walked away.