Late Night FDL: Burnt Bridges

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 8:00 pm

It’s quite a week when the entire MSM suddenly gets sufficient oxygen into its hairspray-addled brain to be shocked, shocked, I tell you, at the fact that the Obama administration has been, well, behaving like Loyal Bushies on meth for the last four years. Mainly, because team Obama was just a tiny bit nicer about how they icily disdained several parts of the Bill of Rights, not least that first one, the punitive prosecutions could continue. the wiretapping comfortably privatized, and the illegality and cronyism of the Bush era would be magically transformed into cuddly bipartisan consensus.

Trouble is, that sort of thing only works until it doesn’t.


Romney Thinks Obama Will Reintroduce EFCA… Good One…

By: Monday September 24, 2012 12:10 pm

The guy Mitt Romney thinks he’s running against sounds fearsome. On a Sunday night conference call with voters in Iowa, Romney warned that President Obama is hell-bent on “forcing people to join unions that don’t want to.” Not only is this entirely false, but even the less-scary thing it’s based on doesn’t add up.

Holdup of New Union Election Rules a Consequence of Punting on EFCA

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 3:33 pm

The failure to pass better rules for forming labor unions during the 2009-2010 period has now shown its full costs. Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked the more modest union election rules approved by the National Labor Relations Board, on the grounds that the NLRB did not have a quorum when it approved the rules.

Late Night FDL: Game Theory

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 8:00 pm

A chorus of unconvincing shock arose when Mitt Romney’s flack so blithely admitted that whatever bonkers positions he’s taken to appeal to the craziest of Republican primary voters could simply be shaken away like the scribbles on an Etch-A-Sketch, and general election voters would be none the wiser. Although Romney’s desperate and flailing rivals evidently cleaned out Toys-R-Us to capitalize on this supposed gaffe, in fact his statement is anything but controversial; from Karl Rove’s K Street money-laundering shops on down to the lowliest Mississippi trailer park, Republicans applaud lying, as long as it wins elections. And for them, anyway, the lying tends to pay off.

Promising one thing and delivering its diametric opposite has a long and hallowed tradition in Republican politics.

You Can’t Get Fooled Again

By: Friday June 3, 2011 6:01 pm

Obama’s very good at making promises that will appeal to progressives, and terrible at keeping them. Or even trying to.

GOP’s Political Warfare: Long-Term and Virtually Unopposed

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 3:17 pm

Wisconsin is more than just ground zero in a fight over the future of public sector unions, it is the embodiment of the Republican Party’s commitment to bare-knuckle political warfare; their willingness to push the law to its limits to gain long-term political advantage for the party. While it is most evident in Wisconsin, this effort to structurally reshape our laws for the benefit of elected Republicans is happening all over the country.

Where Was the Democrats’ Long-Term Strategic Plan?

By: Friday November 12, 2010 9:39 am

Democrats had not enjoyed complete control for almost two decades when they won the House, Senate and Presidency in 2008. I would think in that time they would have developed a huge laundry list of minor reforms and structural changes that would help increase the vote among their core constituencies. Yet, look back the past two years, little appears to have been done. It is as if the party is incapable of strategic thinking.

Soros, Lewis, Other Big Donors Abandon Democrats for Progressives and Weed

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 11:45 am

Privately, the closed wallets of Democratic billionaires like George Soros and Peter Lewis is all that the poobahs of the DC fundraising world have been talking about for weeks.

Why Not Hire the Woman Who Wrote the Book on the Struggles of the Middle Class?

By: Sunday September 5, 2010 7:50 am

Apparently, Obama decided to use his Labor Day weekend radio address not to pay tribute to all that organized labor did to create the middle class in this country, but to try to persuade voters that he is doing enough to save it.

Oh, My Sides! Obama Says He’ll Keep Pushing for Employee Free Choice Act

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 6:25 pm

When I heard that President Obama told the AFL-CIO this morning that he would keep pushing for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, my first reaction was to laugh uncontrollably for several minutes. Some kind of joke, right?

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