Chickens Coming Home to Roost in Kansas

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 9:00 am

Just weeks ahead of the Kansas primary, embattled incumbent Senator Pat Roberts has a come-to-Jesus phone conversation with embattled Governor Sam Brownback . . .

 

Does Cantor’s Defeat Spell Doom for a Jeb Bush Presidential Run in 2016?

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 12:25 pm

To the extent that I’ve thought about it much, I’ve always sort of felt that if Jeb Bush wanted to run in 2016 the GOP nomination was his to lose, mostly because the Bushes are prodigious fundraisers and none of the other GOP hopefuls would be able to compete. But Cantor’s defeat may be the writing on the wall for a third Bush president.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated In Primary

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 7:12 am

For the first time since the position was created in 1899 a sitting Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has been defeated in a party primary. Eric Cantor was soundly defeated last night in Virginia’s 7th congressional district Republican primary by David Brat, a conservative college professor who represented the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

Are Cooter’s Fingerprints On Eric Cantor’s Political Corpse?

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 6:15 am

There is evidence that Ben “Cooter” Jones’ efforts to get Virginia Democrats to cross over for Brat may have worked very well, indeed. If you compare the election results with a map of the Seventh Congressional District of Virginia, you’ll notice that the most conservative areas — the areas with the fewest Democrats — voted for Cantor, but as you look at the counties surrounding the City of Richmond (a city of which Cantor only has a teeny-tiny chunk in his CD, as it has far too many Democrats — ironically enough, that chunk was one of the few places he won tonight), you’ll see that Brat took those counties, often by wide margins.

TPP “Fast Track” Absent from This Month’s GOP Legislative Agenda

By: Monday June 9, 2014 2:07 pm

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s memo on this month’s GOP legislative priorities did not include TPP Fast Track

Obama Signs Law To Get Money Out Of Politics

By: Friday April 4, 2014 1:05 pm

President Barack Obama has joined hands with Republican Eric Cantor to get money out of politics!

MENA Mashup: House of Saud, Iran, Israel, and Syria

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 7:15 pm

While Prince Charles boogied down in Riyadh…

The Repetition Compulsion for War — and How It Might Fail This Time

By: Monday September 9, 2013 5:45 am

No matter how many times we’ve seen it before, the frenzy for launching a military attack on another country is — to the extent we’re not numb — profoundly upsetting. Tanked up with talking points in Washington, top officials drive policy while intoxicated with what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism,” and most media coverage becomes similarly unhinged. That’s where we are now.

John Boehner Is Not Pining for the Fjords

By: Saturday June 22, 2013 9:00 am

Honest to God, the goings-on in DC are going to drive the Comedy Channel out of business. Either that, or they’ll make Jon Stewart president.

This past Thursday, the House voted down the latest version of the five-year farm bill, which includes not only subsidies and supports for those in the ag world, but also provides for the food stamp program and other food-related subsidies for the poor. Speaker John Boehner and his GOP leadership have been working for months to put together a bill, and when they brought it to the floor this past week, it failed. Spectacularly.

In the immortal words of John Cleese, John Boehner’s speakership has ceased to be.

Late Night: Booby Prizes

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 8:00 pm

I’ve often wondered what on earth it is that drives people to become Republicans.  Is it personal wealth and privilege?  Sometimes, undoubtedly.  Deep-seated bigotry?  That tends to play a role as well.  Stupidity?  Yes, but that only applies to voters, not the politicians themselves.

The likeliest answer, however, isn’t grounded in such subjective, and ultimately unknowable, value systems. 

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