GOP: Bring Out Your Dead.

“I’m not dead yet!” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Perhaps I should be tiring of this country’s endless campaigns. As a political columnist, it does mean the well never runs dry for source material.

Ex-Sen. and flopped wannabe Presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Opus DUH!) appeared on Meet the Press yesterday, “Rooster” Santorum, as his Penn State frat dubbed him, is the hapless, Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time performer who somehow escapes the reach of the old Vaudeville hooked cane.… [Read more]

Spies Like Us

Despite all the Ludlum-Jason Bourne film genre adaptations, Americans are pretty “Johnny-Come-Lately” lame for the snoopery schtick. For all the hype over the exposé from The Guardian (a newspaper NOT yet owned by “Rupert From Oz” Murdoch) over National Security Agency snooping of your Verizon call information, Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald is a bit too tidy for Hollywood’s typecast scruffy, twenty-something Brit journalist with a hipster messenger bag meme getting snuffed by a Central Intelligence Agency hitman in London’s Victoria Station for his scoop.… [Read more]

It’s time to ‘Leave Fort Apache to the Indians.’

All who serve this nation overseas do not wear uniforms. State Department Foreign Service officer Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was one of five Americans killed by a car bomb blast in Afghanistan Saturday.

She served her nation with distinction.

Not all who give their lives are trained warriors. The four U.S. soldiers who also made the ultimate sacrifice in the attack were likely well armed.… [Read more]

The messy demise of Reagan’s ‘Eleventh Commandment’

It appears many of the Republican “true believers” aren’t observing Ronald Reagan’s famed Eleventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Add one more to the discarded pro-choice and sensible gun control missives of the Matinee Cowboy’s purged lines.

In the spirit of “Beware the Ides of March,” there’s a tempest in the G.O.P.… [Read more]

All the wrong talking points…but they still won’t shut up.

How many times must the GOP and its laughable public relations firm, Fox News, be wrong before they realise that it’s a good idea to remain silent?

When an announcement came from the office of the Israeli President, Shimon Peres, on Monday that President Obama will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction – the first time ever that Israel has given this honour to a sitting US president – I wondered just what will it take?… [Read more]

Newt Gingrich Coming Out?

Newt Gingrich recently announced that he has had a change of heart. No, no, not any new extramarital affair that I’m aware of. In an interview with Fox News recently, Gingrich came out with this remarkable statement:

“I think this is a very complicated human problem and Republicans need to take a deep breath and understand we need to deal with the human side of this equation…”

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Me and EMILY: EMILY’s List Moving Women Forward

A record number of women were elected to the House and Senate in November, and that staid rabble is inching closer to “looking like America.” They all weren’t Democrats or progressive. After all, we have Old Guard G.O.P. cheerleaders such as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and House elevator monitor and Granny-from-hell Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.). Foxx could get a gig without a name change as a stripper at Leisure World (emergency defibrillator available.)  One part of the government “by and for the People” after another  has begun to start looking like something more than a “boys club.”  It’s about time.… [Read more]

The (Not So Great) Pretender(s)

You know by now that we like to have a little fun with music and politics. You tell us: Is this song more suitable for Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney?

The inimitable Freddie Mercury knew a few things about pretenders…and so do (some) voters. It’s really rather laughable that even on his way out the door, Newt can’t bring himself to not hint that Mitt’s not exactly Mr.… [Read more]

Happy Trails, Newt!

Good grief, Newt! It surely took you long enough to figure out something that the rest of us have known for a long (no, looooooonng) time: You can’t win. You couldn’t win. You’ll never win. See what happens when you piss off upset nearly everyone  in your party (and most of the country)?

We are as long on memory as you are in goodbyes; we remember your temper tantrum leading to the government shutdown during the Clinton administration, your ethics violations, and the fact that, well, you’re just plain deceitful and use that horrid character trait to continually attempt to rewrite history.… [Read more]

Who’s Ready To Make Nice?

Though he said “I’m still here,” Newt Gingrich has all but officially stepped out of the GOP’s presidential race (go away…where’s the speech already?). He’s gone so far as to state that he will support Mitt Romney, the defacto winner of the GOP nomination. As of early this week Rick Santorum “suspended” his campaign. He finally figured out something that the rest of us already knew; mathematically speaking, it was impossible for him to beat Romney — but he stayed out there swinging all the same.… [Read more]