‘Nuclear Option’ Held at Bay; It’s Politics, Folks

Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) posted this ‘nuclear option surrender’ message over Twitter.

What had Cruz so disgusted with his party — specifically party leadership — was that under Mitch McConnell’s (R-Kentucky) leadership, Senate Republicans negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to give up the filibuster for executive nominations. Under terms of the deal struck, the Democrats will not use the so-called “nuclear option,” which would have allowed for a majority of 51 votes rather than a ‘super majority’ of 60 and the Republicans will finally allow President Obama to fill a number of positions the GOP has obstructed.… [Read more]

It’s not easy being Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nevada) is facing a dilemma. Congress returned to session today after the Fourth of July holiday weekend and Mr. Reid is looking at a full roster of outstanding issues. An immigration reform bill, which was passed by the Senate, must now pass the House of Representatives. The nation’s college students who use federally-backed loans to finance their education were dealt a blow when, on July 1st, student loan interest rates were allowed to double to 6.8 percent.… [Read more]

The road to citizenship begins…

It has been a long time coming; partisan politics have had their say but, at the end, the Senate is pushing forward on sweeping immigration reform. With a 68-32 vote as the final procedural test — in which 14 members of the Republican party joined 52 Democrats and 2 Independents in a vote of ‘yes’ — more than the 60 votes needed to clear the hurdle to proceed to the next step was achieved.… [Read more]

April 1st, 2013. A day of miracles!…(?)

A few near-miraculous events have taken place today. This April 1st is one for the history books!

The War on Women has been declared over. The men of the Republican party, joined by a few blue dog Democrats and Republican women, announced that they realised that unless they begin attending medical school in droves, any woman’s uterus is none of their business.… [Read more]

We Used to Know You…

Back when you were the party of Abraham Lincoln, we knew you.

When you became the party of Dwight D. Eisenhower, we knew you.

Even when you became the party of Barry Goldwater, we knew you.

And then you became the party of Ronald Reagan….and while there was much to squirm over, we still knew you because we knew what to expect.… [Read more]

“Go Ahead, Make My Day”…Threats of Another ‘Fiscal Cliff’

The famous title line from “tough guy” actor, director, and GOP Convention empty chair talker Clint Eastwood is now for President Obama and Congressional Democrats to use against Right-wing foes bent upon driving the nation off yet another fiscal cliff.

Congressional Republicans want to allow dramatic across the board cuts under the sequester. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner  (R-Oh.), unable or unwilling to provide adult leadership to the more radical ideologues in the ‘Party of No’, now see fit to let the crazed upstarts drive the bus off the cliff.… [Read more]

Wrapping up Another Week With More Congressional Madness

There’s no such thing as a bad time for reflection. Taking a look back at the activities of the first week of this new year should enable us to see what went wrong, what we’re up against and, hopefully, what can be done differently in the future.

The 113th Congress — the most diverse ever — was sworn in this past Thursday.… [Read more]

Adios, 2012. We’ll Still Have Congress.

“We’ll always have Paris.” – Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca, 1942

It’s New Year’s Day, and we all noted that Congress managed to do nothing on New Year’s Eve. At least they are being consistent.  What’s the objective? Single-digit public approval? As in a beach  limbo, “How low can you go?”

There’s a standing tradition for columnists to record, and often lampoon, a “year in review” piece.… [Read more]

Thelma and Louise (a.k.a., Boehner and McConnell)

“Don’t stop, keep on going!”

“What do ya mean?”

“Go!”

“You sure?

“Yeah.”

These are the last words of Thelma and Louise in the 1991 movie “Thelma and Louise” as they drove off a cliff rather than being caught by the police. The leaders of the GOP in the US Congress both Rep. John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell have the Tea Party Republicans breathing down their necks just like the cop in the movie, and Boehner and McConnell have no way out except to keep on going off the fiscal cliff.… [Read more]

To President Obama: A letter upon your re-election

Dear Mr. President,

A week ago, I stood in line at my assigned voting location in a precinct that I don’t think has ever been blue in the history of ever.  Besides my husband and maybe one or two other like-minded young souls, I was alone in my vote for you there.

Four years ago, I proudly displayed my “Obama/Biden” sign in my yard.… [Read more]

No Place for Racists

“Obama refuses to put his hand over his heart” were the first words I heard from the man sitting in front of me at Turner Field in Atlanta on Saturday. The public address person had just asked the fans to stand for the National Anthem when he started spewing his bigoted vulgar lies.

Where do people get this crap?… [Read more]

Mitch McConnell: Filibustering in the Senate Since 1985

You say Senate Minority Leader “Mitch McConnell” and we say “obstructionist”.  Teh-MAY-toh, Teh-MAH-toh. Either way what we have here is the failure of an elected official to do his job.

As the reigning co-king of obstruction (tied for first place with Speaker John Boehner), Mr. McConnell will be organizing filibuster attacks against any of President Obama’s circuit judge appointments.… [Read more]

Show and Tell

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them”.

                                                                                   ~Maya Angelou

The American people appear to be waking up (albeit still a little too slowly andway late in the day) to the fact that many members of Congress do not have their best interests at heart.   In fact, some (many?) seem to have only two unified goals:  preventing President Obama from keeping his word to the American people on just about everything and making certain that he serves only one term.… [Read more]