Ghosts in the machine – the GOP enters the spectrum of invisible light


The House Freedom Caucus is suddenly not far right enough for the extremists in the base of the Republican Party. Less than two weeks ago, it was their stubbornness that drove the House Republican Conference into disarray over the establishment leadership's inability to garner enough support to get Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) elected as… Continue reading Ghosts in the machine – the GOP enters the spectrum of invisible light

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The dismantling of the House GOP is constructive for all of us


The dome of the U.S. Capitol is surrounded by scaffolding, these days. They're calling it a restoration of a symbol of government. What's going on under the dome, though, is more a dismantling of a symbol of governing. The House Republican Conference is wringing their hands down to the metacarpals, and the enemy within, the… Continue reading The dismantling of the House GOP is constructive for all of us

Cummings vs. Issa on IRS targeting probe


After reading his own opening statement, House Oversight Committee Chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) got so ticked that embattled former IRS official, Lois Lerner, was continuing to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, that he adjourned the hearing. That didn't sit well with Ranking Member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) who thought he too should… Continue reading Cummings vs. Issa on IRS targeting probe

Pulling my ‘liberal hack’ head out, man


"Thank God for the Koch brothers...Pull your head out, man...The rich carry this country." - excerpts of several tweet exchanges from a self-described "Capitalist, Libertarian," directed at @proseandthorn, after sharing the news of the Koch founded group, Americans for Prosperity, opening a Louisiana branch to defeat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) I don't want to encourage… Continue reading Pulling my ‘liberal hack’ head out, man

Ted Cruz plays King of the Mountain


"If it hadn't been for the church, we wouldn't have the country." - Evangelical revisionist historian David Barton, claiming, in 2011, that the Constitution purposely incorporates Old Testament principles to reenforce the Christian beliefs of the Founders "The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They [the Freemasons] go against God. You cannot serve… Continue reading Ted Cruz plays King of the Mountain

Solar flare hits Koch brothers’ group in Georgia


"Americans for Prosperity just lost," said the solar power activist, moments after the Georgia Public Service Commission, a group of five elected Republicans who regulate the state's utilities, voted 3-2, Thursday, to accept an amendment that would add 525 megawatts of solar power for the state's electricity customers over the next 20 years. "AFP Georgia,"… Continue reading Solar flare hits Koch brothers’ group in Georgia

Populism and the POTUS


"He seems to always be in campaign mode, where he treats people in the other party as enemies rather than partners." - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on CBS This Morning, Wednesday, lamenting President Obama's post State of the Union swing through North Carolina and Georgia to raise support for the agenda he outlined The best… Continue reading Populism and the POTUS

Throwing stones at Goliath – the frustrating fight for the states


Lest you thought you could stop and revel in the leaf turning another few degrees leftward through the political arc, with November victories muting many of the worst DC ogres and trolls in their teabag hats, December comes with its season of deception, and reminds us all that the fight for a progressive America is… Continue reading Throwing stones at Goliath – the frustrating fight for the states

Obama defends gay unions while Republicans wage war on Lincoln’s Union


"In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party... "But ideology cannot be a substitute for a determination to think for yourself, for a willingness to study an issue objectively... "Our political system is losing its… Continue reading Obama defends gay unions while Republicans wage war on Lincoln’s Union

Upcoming Congress the devil in the details this November


If you've ever heard Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) speak of her life in politics, chances are you've heard her story about how the Florida Democratic establishment tried to discourage her from running for the state legislature in 1992. They had someone else in mind, she says, to replace her boss, Peter Deutsch, who was… Continue reading Upcoming Congress the devil in the details this November