Where Do We Go From Here?

During this past week the debt ceiling was raised and a government shutdown was ended after 16 days of political rhetoric and hand-wringing. The attempt by the radical right wing of the Republican Party to defund the Obama administration’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was a complete failure. The Tea Party Caucus of the minority party held the federal government hostage over this one issue — at least initially — and they walked away with nothing and at the end of the day.… [Read more]

Collateral Damage

As a result of their attempt to block the Affordable Care Act, the American people have become collateral damage in the latest Republican assault on the Presidency of Barack Obama. They have shutdown the federal government with smiles and glee in their heart — knowing, but not caring about the ramifications of such actions. Just as Robert E.… [Read more]

Right now, the POTUS is not blinking

“We are not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills.” ~ President Obama

The 8-day old U.S. government shutdown has been described as ‘a game of chicken‘. Today at a press conference, President Obama announced that he spoke with House Speaker John Boehner and told him that “Hanging the threat of economic chaos over the heads of the American people should not be part of any discussion about the government shutdown.”  That certainly set the stage for what is now clear: the president is not blinking as of right now on the issue of the debt ceiling and defaulting on the nation’s debt.… [Read more]

Dear Mrs. Vera: Please explain why people object to Obamacare.

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Please explain why people object to Obamacare.

Regards Sincerely, Mrs. Petunia Kevorkian

Mrs. Vera Newman,San Francisco, California.Photo: Marc Huestis

Dear Please Put A Cork In It,

There are as many reasons for not liking something as there are people not to like out there, and our form of representational government insures that most of these unpleasant individuals will be front and center, right in the debate over Obamacare being held in the delightful thought experiment known affectionately, when you are trying to get in its pants, or abusively, if it lets you get into its pants, as Congress.… [Read more]

Yoho The Yahoo

As a Basset Hound rescue volunteer for several years, veterinarians had a special place in my world. At least once, I recall blurting out in frustration with a specialist physician, “I’d rather see my veterinarian.” There is little surprise that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wasn’t quite smart enough for vet school dreams. It appears, however, that my admiration for the profession has limits, namely upon reaching Congress.… [Read more]

The Return of Witches of Elections Past

I was wondering when one of 2010’s greatest and most hilarious political flops, that of Delaware Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell, would emerge from her disproportionate drubbing for the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden by Sen. Chris Coons (D).

Christine O’Donnell is back, this time with a tale of political victimhood woe from the Internal Revenue Service.… [Read more]

Pass the ‘Fiscal Conservative’ Grey Poupon

As a political writer, my antennae always quiver to pick up blatant hypocrisy in elected politicians. The “do as I say, not as I do” mob on Capitol Hill never fails to provide madcap manna. Often, the quirky quarry are found in the oddest places.

Congress looks like America, or at least like the Hamptons on Long Island as far as wealth goes, with more multimillionaires to shake a ‘Murrican Exceptionalism stick at.… [Read more]

I.R.S.: Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

The taxman is the Rodney “No Respect” Dangerfield of government employees. The latest hubbub over alleged Internal Revenue Service “targeting” of government-critical conservative groups is the latest ‘Tempest in a Teapot’ only Congressional Republicans could wail about. You’d think the President dug up ole Geo. Washington’s sacred bones and used them for White House Halloween decorations.… [Read more]

The Devil You Know: Marco Rubio’s Failings vs. Rand Paul’s Insanity

As I watched Marco Rubio bat down strawmen during his response to the State of the Union address last night all I kept thinking was “this is ridiculous.” The man suggested that President was somehow anti-capitalist despite President Obama’s continued commitment to finding solutions that partner both public and private actors, with the latter taking the dominant lead.… [Read more]

For the Love of God, Give Texas Back to Mexico

This week, the White House dashed the hopes of millions of Americans when it rejected a request for Texas to sever its ties with the U.S. Bad news for the more than 125,000 people who signed the online petition for Texas to secede. Far worse news for the rest of us!

My issue with the Lone Star state, aside from the fact that it keeps launching the careers of politicians named Bush, is that Texas is a colossal embarrassment to our country.… [Read more]

Will the Republican Party Evolve or Dissolve?

In the several months since the Republicans suffered a resounding defeat in the presidential election and lost seats in both the House and the Senate, there have been innumerable articles addressing why they lost and what they must do moving forward in order to avoid similar defeats in the future. Most of these articles emphasize the need for change by citing demographic statistics illustrating, quite convincingly, that trying to build the future of the GOP almost exclusively around the Caucasian portion of the electorate is not only a recipe for short-term failure, but a path towards irrelevancy and eventual extinction.… [Read more]

Teabaggers Dream of Post Obama America

August 20, 2017 — Hurricane Bobo levels Miami. President Bachmann says, “I don’t know what they expect US to do. Last I heard Miami was in Florida. It’s Florida’s problem, not ours. If people can’t afford to rebuild their properties after a natural disaster, they should move someplace safer.”

September 21, 2017 — 10.6 Earthquake Destroys Los Angeles, San Diego, does heavy damage in San Francisco.… [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]

The House G.O.P.’s Monty Pythonian Strategy: “Run Away!”

In a Friday morning of “press conferences” (sans press questions), House Speaker John Boehner shot himself in the foot. Bullseye!

As for the inept amateur standup comedy act called John Boehner, he appeared to try to explain why his inadequate “Plan B[umbling]” flopped in his own caucus. Our Cat Herder from Cincinnati narrowly survived being made to walk the plank Thursday night after failing to sell his scheme to unruly, tea drunk, über-conservative Republican cast members of Mutiny on the Top 1% Bounty. … [Read more]

In Defense of Patriotism

There’s a certain sentence that I don’t say around my friends. It’s a secret combination that I never say out loud, because if I do, it’s sure to unleash a tide of raised eyebrows and ‘Reaaaaaaaaaaaaaly?’s, and a whole host of half-baked justifications and excuses will tumble out of my mouth. Reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly, it’s better to just keep it to myself.… [Read more]

Chuckling at American Politics: The ‘Sage of Baltimore’

H. L. Mencken died in 1956. Regular readers of the modest offerings distributed from this digital soapbox know my affection for this stirring, prescient Sage whose social commentary fastballs have lost none of their zip when thrown once more across the polarized and intellectually paralyzed American body politic. The acerbic, combative Mencken, whose peerless coverage of every national American political convention between 1920 and 1948 is eclipsed only by his elevation of Clarence Darrow to secular saint in the 1925 Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’, stands apart.… [Read more]

We Are the Champions

If you’re a regular reader of this site you know that each week we choose a song that reflects weekly events. In light of President Obama’s re-election, there is no more appropriate song than Queen’s “We Are the Champions.”

Are we gloating? Perhaps. But it’s not without the realisation that we still have much work to do in this country.… [Read more]

Election 2012: *points and snickers*

Since President Obama’s reelection Tuesday night, Republicans’ reflections on their embarrassing loss, ironically, have been a reflection of the exact reasons why they lost.  In the aftermath, the $400,000,000 question is this: Who lost the election? Conservamoderate Mitt Romney or the Party itself?

First, I feel compelled to disabuse the premise. Barack Obama won the Presidential election.… [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]

Watcha See is Watcha Get

Some people are made of plastic And you know some people are made of wood Some people have hearts of stone Some people are up to no good…

The Dramatics made so much sense when they released Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get in 1971; they could have easily been talking about today’s political scene. The hearts of stone and the people up to no good?… [Read more]