Democrats have their own problems, but they are far more in step with mainstream America while the GOP remains more interested in appeasing a narrow base than governing a diverse country.
Boehner’s sin is that he was a grown-up in a Congress of tea party children who made a calculated decision to render that body inert and ungovernable.
In case you missed them during three hours of pessimism, lies, and awkward posturing, here are five imaginary crises Republican candidates will fix by repeating all of the mistakes we’ve already made.
The twin GOP debates on Wednesday night were a five-hour opera of posturing nuttiness — but far from the only conservative inanity on display this week.
Try as they will to reject Trump, he fits in perfectly among Republicans – and not only because he worships money, spews xenophobic nonsense, and encourages callous bigotry. Like them, he relies on fabrications and falsehoods, manipulating the prejudices of ill-informed voters.
Welcome back to the GOP Thunderdome. The candidates have got their zingers ready, loaded with talking points to launch at each other and the moderators like so many verbal bird-bolts.
The candidates’ split, in the end, is between optimism and pessimism, between those channeling the anger of unhappy voters and those aiming, in the style of the sunny Ronald Reagan, for inspiration and uplift.
Why is Trump so successful in drawing his opponents into battles they can’t win? He riffs on a Republican Party that is ripe for contemptible comedy, ridiculous rhetoric, and daring demagoguery.
John McCain, who lost against Obama in 2008, slipped in Senatespeak and called Obama “Obama.” That’s President Obama to you, sir.
Christian conservatives are the most dominant group in Iowa’s GOP caucuses. Thus, the crazy contest to champion born-again, evangelical causes.
“Never ever, ever, ever in my life have I seen a transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran. And I mean never,” Trump said.
In the long run, what voters prize most is good judgment about the issues that most affect their lives, and racing to the scene of the latest controversy could be seen as opportunistic.
Clinton has found a balance and a voice that are more vital than ever in a contest against irresponsible politicians, whose demagogy points us again toward war.
A new poll from Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling shows a remarkable state of belief among Republican voters, about who exactly was or wasn’t born in America.
A big chunk of the right loves Trump because all he does is humiliate his foes and refuse to act humiliated himself. Here are the 5 GOP candidates who have suffered the most in Trump’s wake. In his parlance, they are “losers.”
Charles Koch said politicians must end taxpayer-funded subsidies and preferential treatment for corporations. Surprising, given how much he has benefitted from them.
If the GOPeeWee debate was a chamber piece, the main stage show was arena rock: loud, soaring, inspiring for some, and occasionally incoherent.
Watch as Cruz tries out a rather unique recipe for bacon — and just remember, this man will indeed be participating in the major presidential debate this week.