Americans Still In Shock: Congress “Worked” During a Holiday!

“I’m shocked! Shocked, shocked to find there is gambling going on in here.” – Claude Rains, Casablanca, 1942.

I’m still in shock, and in politics I lost my virginity more than a few decades ago (along with the “other” one.) Congress working a Federal holiday. House Speaker John Boehner (R) must have had to pull back from the bar early in tears on that Amateur Night Monday to greet the challenge of herding House cats and have a clear eye to look out for Überconservative tea drunks with steely knives from Solingen.… [Read more]

A Tale of 3 Colonels: 3 ran in 2012 congressional elections. Women get last laugh.

In all the armed services, the rank before one wears stars on his or her collar is that of Colonel. It’s also customary shorthand to call the next lower grade, that of Lieutenant Colonel, simply ‘Colonel’.

The all-volunteer force has been with us for forty years. The men and women serving did it of their own volition, which I hope everyone remembered over a week ago on Veterans Day.… [Read more]

Allen West Concedes

Conservative firebrand Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) conceded to challenger Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy (D) in a before sunrise dark-of-the-night press release Tuesday morning  to Politico.  West had refused to concede, and a smooth transition was in suspense while the controversial ideologue exhausted available legal challenges.

In an unusually high profile race, West and his far-Right supporters raised a reported $22 million to out-finance Murphy four to one.… [Read more]

Wild, Wild West

The unsuccessful G.O.P. primary opponent of Tea Party “hero” Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has endorsed the Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy.  Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder, a thirty year Republican, lost in Florida’s primary earlier this year to the redistricted West. In a statement from Murphy’s campaign. Crowder decried West, saying “I’m embarrassed by the radical fringe that has taken over the [Republican] party.”… [Read more]