Monday, October 5, 2015
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines

The Republican Brand Is Tea Party

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.

October 1, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner speaks about an Iran nuclear deal during his weekly press briefing

Boehner’s Departure Doesn’t Help

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.

September 30, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Soul Food Socialism

Larry Wilmore took Bernie Sanders for a soul food dinner — and offered him an idea for a new campaign hat, to compete against Donald Trump.

September 22, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

5 Imaginary Problems GOP Candidates Would Rather Solve Than Real Ones

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.

September 21, 2015
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This Week In Crazy: Beyond The GOP Debate

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.

September 18, 2015

When Liars Debate, The Truth Always Loses

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.

September 17, 2015
Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina speaks during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

Fiorina Steals The Show At Primetime Republican Debate

She wasn’t even supposed to be there. But Carly Fiorina exuded a fiery resolve and competency, a capacity for leadership and efficiency that seemed to elevate her above the petty squabbles of partisan rancor and the bluster of reality TV.

September 17, 2015

Debate Memo: 5 Things To Look Out For Tonight

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.

September 16, 2015
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Republican Debate Dilemma: Echo Sunny Reagan? Or Go Negative?

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.

September 15, 2015
Donald Trump and Rick Perry, 2013

5 Reasons It’s So Easy For Trump To Make Republicans Look Like Fools

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.

September 14, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Cruz addresses a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Throwing Stones At A Sitting President: A Topsy-Turvy Day On The Hill

John McCain, who lost against Obama in 2008, slipped in Senatespeak and called Obama “Obama.” That’s President Obama to you, sir.

September 11, 2015
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis celebrates her release from the Carter County Detention center in Grayson Kentucky

Kim Davis And The Iowa-Or-Bust Syndrome

Christian conservatives are the most dominant group in Iowa’s GOP caucuses. Thus, the crazy contest to champion born-again, evangelical causes.

September 10, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

‘The End Of The World As We Know It’ — The Tea Party Rallies Against Iran Nuclear Deal

“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.

September 9, 2015

Endorse This: Cruz Controlled

Just remember that there is something even more sacred than marriage: the campaign photo-op.

September 9, 2015
Kim Davis hugs her attorney Mathew Stave after walking out of jail in Grayson Kentucky

Analysis: Kim Davis And Presidential Politics Are Probably Not A Good Mix

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.

September 9, 2015
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Congress Readies To Shut Down Government Over Planned Parenthood Funding

Congress is back in session, and that means a possible government shutdown over funding Planned Parenthood.

September 8, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses a panel on healthcare in San Juan

Iran Debate: Clinton Steps Up To Oppose The Demagogues

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.

September 8, 2015
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A Guide To This Year’s ‘Political Correctness’ Debates

It’s way beyond “Happy Holidays.”

September 1, 2015

Big Surprise: Republicans Go Birther On Obama — But Easy On Foreign-Born Cruz

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.

September 1, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Trump answers a question as fellow candidate Walker listens at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

5 Biggest Losers Of The GOP Primary So Far

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.”

August 31, 2015
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Republicans Or Social Security? On 80th Anniversary, Still An Easy Choice

Greed is always in fashion on Wall Street. But working Americans see no reason to hand Social Security over to the banks, as the Republican candidates propose, when its administrative costs amount to well under one percent of its revenues.

August 14, 2015
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Powerful Message From An Imperfect Messenger

Charles Koch said politicians must end taxpayer-funded subsidies and preferential treatment for corporations. Surprising, given how much he has benefitted from them.

August 14, 2015

GOP Primetime Debate Is What Republicans Deserve

If the GOPeeWee debate was a chamber piece, the main stage show was arena rock: loud, soaring, inspiring for some, and occasionally incoherent.

August 7, 2015

Debate Memo: Who’s In, Who’s Out, And What To Expect

Here’s what you need to know, and what to expect from the GOP candidates.

August 6, 2015

Endorse This: Ted Cruz And His New ‘Pork-Barrel’ Politics

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.

August 3, 2015
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