The UnReal World of House Republicans, and Jon Stewart’s Departure from The Daily Show

By: Saturday February 28, 2015 10:00 am

Alexander Bolton over at The Hill has a nice piece about the implosions going off in the GOP on Capitol Hill, but it’s far too restrained in its observations.

I, on the other hand, feel a bit freer to read between the lines . . .

 

Boehner Takes Vengeance After Surviving Speaker Challenge

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 10:00 am

House Speaker John Boehner just escaped losing his speakership when a group of Republican members of Congress tried to oust him in a surprise coup. According to one Republican member of Congress, Representative Mulvaney, there was a plan to install Representative Louie Gohmert as Speaker. Representatives outside the plot simply did not vote for Boehner [...]

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s Ties To David Duke Deepen

By: Friday January 2, 2015 10:00 am

Perfect for the new year. http://t.co/dMpSaXH1hB Click for your own rugged camo hat! pic.twitter.com/I9ZFQRVsQS — RNC (@GOP) January 2, 2015 Current House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been reeling in the aftermath of reports that showed he spoke to a white supremacist organization in 2002. Scalise spoke to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) [...]

Governor Christie Says GOP Needs to Win in Order to Control ‘Voting Mechanisms’

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 12:25 pm

Just in case it was not clear how the GOP plans to win elections despite having a shrinking demographic, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided to remove any doubt – rigging the vote. In an amazingly honest speech to the US Chamber of Commerce Governor Christie said that the GOP had to control the voting process if they were to succeed in 2016.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Heather Cox Richardson, To Make Men Free: A History of The Republican Party

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Heather Cox Richardson has a gift for seeing the connections in American history—for synthesizing a picture that makes sense out of a broad range of elements. She integrates larger economic and cultural developments with the experience of men and women at all levels of society, as well as the decisions and conflicts of policymakers and power brokers. She demonstrated her powers as a writer and historian brilliantly in her books West from Appomattox and Wounded Knee, and does so again in her brilliant To Make Men Free.

Georgia Republicans Have Citizen Arrested for Videotaping Them at Public Event

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 8:56 am

Nydia Tisdale is a citizen journalist in Georgia. She does not get paid for her work, but instead sees it as a civic duty to record politicians and the political process, and then upload those videos to YouTube. What she does is in large part what democracy is all about– involved, informed citizens exercising their rights under the First Amendment.

Not in Georgia.

FDL Movie Night: FRED

By: Monday August 18, 2014 4:59 pm

FRED gives an inside look at a grassroots political campaign, one that upset the prevailing powers that be, while providing an engaging portrait of a man who by embracing and loving himself has has found away to integrate his political skills with his true self. It’s a sweet smart documentary that reveals so much about our country, the progress we’ve made, and the progress we’re still working on.

Tea Party Founder Told Live On Air ‘It’s Impossible For You To Have Been More Wrong’

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 6:30 am

In 2009 when CNBC reporter Rick Santelli went on a rant about bailing out homeowners with government money and how people should protest like the American colonists with a Tea Party, a portion of the Republican Party’s base listened. What followed was a media storm where the GOP base re-branded themselves the “Tea Party” and went on to ride the public backlash against the financial crisis and bank bailouts to take over the House of Representatives.

GOP Civil War Breaks Out Over Mississippi Senate Election Results

By: Friday June 27, 2014 6:51 am

After Chris McDaniel refused to concede on Tuesday night in a highly contested runoff between himself and Senator Thad Cochran citing voting irregularities, the Tea Party wing of the GOP got to work seeking to discredit the official election results claiming that election fraud had occurred. The GOP establishment responded by mocking the Tea Party and hinting at racial bias. And thus began an ever worsening rift in the Mississippi GOP that is spreading throughout the Republican Party nationwide.

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.

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