The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

By: Friday October 18, 2013 7:25 am

The country learned something very important during this shutdown. Mainly, that Speak John Boehner is a coward with no control of his caucus and an unwillingness to cross his most conservative members unless absolutely necessary. Indirectly this is great news for Social Security. Boehner stuck with his conservative members on a strategy he know was [...]

It Was All Boehner’s Fault

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 6:02 am

It has been a smart political tactic for Democrats to blame Sen. Ted Cruz and/or the Tea Party for the government shutdown, but in reality it was entirely Speaker John Boehner’s fault. He is the one who really deserves the blame. The shutdown ended last night because the speaker finally let a clean bill reach [...]

State of the Debt Ceiling Debate

By: Friday July 22, 2011 7:28 am

The headline is somewhat misleading because nobody really knows the state of the debt ceiling debate as far as I can tell. It’s unwinding in the midst of more chaos than anything I can recall on Capitol Hill. The complete leadership vacuum is stunning.

Little Shop of Tea Party Horrors: Corporate Astroturf Campaign Turns Into Giant Man-Eating Venus Flytrap

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 9:38 am

Corporate America and the GOP have been playing a very dangerous game, throwing enormous amounts of money behind PR campaigns demagoguing the very deficit that their radical manipulation of the political system created in the first place. They thought they could hide their true intentions under the cloak of fiscal responsibility and good governance. The fact that the very tool they virtually invented to captivate the democratic process finally turned around and bit them in the ass is almost Shakespearean in its irony.

Families USA Working Against Vermont’s Efforts to Quickly Get Waiver for Single Payer

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 12:51 pm

In classic veal pen fashion Families USA is working against Vermont’s attempts to get the waivers,as soon as possible, it would need to move the state towards a single payer health care system. Families USA does claim to support Vermont’s reform effort, but just happens to opposes the very law needed to help make it happen in a timely manner.

Q: Why Don’t Tea Parties Care About Wall Street? A: Because Fox Didn’t Tell Them To

By: Friday April 23, 2010 7:41 am

Cenk Uyger has a very good point about the lack of…er, anything coming out of the tea parties in the wake of Wall Street’s excesses: If you remember, the Tea Parties were originally formed to protest the bailouts. They were so mad at the Wall Street bankers who destroyed the economy and then took our [...]

CBS Poll: Fox News Succeeds In Hijacking Tea Parties From Ron Paul

By: Thursday April 15, 2010 8:36 am

CBS polls the tea parties and finds they’re old, white, pissed off, likely to vote and don’t think they pay too many taxes. They like Fox News, and they don’t like Ron Paul: Weirdly, Ron Paul does better at more traditional GOP outings.  He won the CPAC straw poll handily this year, and lost to [...]