Once Again Harry Reid Is Vaguely Threatening to Fix the Senate

By: Friday May 17, 2013 2:25 pm

Like clockwork the continued obstructionism of Senate Republicans has got Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to start vaguely threatening to fix the Senate, possibly in July.


It All Comes Back to the Filibuster

By: Tuesday April 23, 2013 12:00 pm

In the New York Times Micheal Shear and Peter Baker blame the failure of the Manchin-Toomey on President Obama’s inability to twist the arm of Democratic Senators like Mark Begich (D-AK). This is a strange interruption of the whole situation because as Greg Sargent pointed out even if Obama got every reluctant Democrat on board the measure would still have failed to get 60 votes.

Wingnut Welfare: Fishwrap Edition

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 8:00 pm

As the still-unfolding recession leads to a disturbing preponderance of PhD’s working at Subway, there is one increasingly infuriating bright spot of iron-clad job security: the op/ed page of your local newspaper.  Once upon a time, the op/ed page became my favorite part of the newspaper; as the third kid out of four, I seldom [...]

Tax Cut Deal Is “Public Option Debate All Over Again”: All Lies, No Fight

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:00 am

This tax deal is the public option fight all over again, but not the way Obama falsely tries to spin it. Both times, Obama had no intention of fighting for his promise. Both times, he argued that in order to obtain some help for regular people, he was “forced” into endorsing a huge transfer of wealth to the ultra rich and big corporations.

Where Will DADT Repeal Opponents Hang Their Hats Now?

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 7:30 pm

Of course, these aren’t reasonable objections and, as such, shouldn’t be held up for examination for logical consistency. I just think repeal opponents have reached funny-papers status. They remind me of the kid who says, “This ice cream really sucks, can I have more please?”

Senators from Both Parties Move to Kill Wasteful Ethanol Subsidies

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 2:35 pm

A statement from individuals across the ideological spectrum that there is simply no place in our federal budget for wasteful, ineffective spending that is basically just corporate welfare. This is what good trans-partisanship looks like. And it is remarkably rare.

Now It Can Be Told: The Democratic Party is the War Party

By: Friday July 2, 2010 4:25 pm

The Democratic Party is the war party! The party of more war and the need for unquestioning allegiance to war. Its platform is never to look back. Always ignore history, and if you make a mistake, the only option left is to double down on the same mistake. It is unpatriotic to question our country’s foreign policy even if it has failed for a decade. Or in other words, the Democratic Party now proudly and fully embraces Karl Rove’s legacy.

Why Are Senate Democrats Letting Republicans Ruin Our Economy?

By: Friday June 25, 2010 2:20 pm

Several left-leaning writers like Greg Sargent have all noted the basic game theory 101 involved. Voters will blame Democrats, and vote for Republicans, if the economy stays bad. So, Republicans have a huge incentive to block Democrats from passing legislation that would improve the economy, and Senate Republicans have the tool to do that with the filibuster.

My question is: If Democratic Senators like Stabenow actually believe Republicans are trying to destroy the lives of millions of Americans and our economy, why on Earth are Senate Democrats letting Republicans do it?

Bernie Sanders to Make Sure Public Option Gets Up-or-Down Vote, Defying Reid, Durbin

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 6:15 pm

We recently learned that Harry Reid (D-NV) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) were actually whipping against the public option and trying to deny the American people a real up-or-down vote on the issue in the Senate. It is good to see that Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is willing to defy them and instead go with the will of the American people.

GOP Will Not Accept GTMO-for-KSM Deal; Rahm-Graham Bargain Pointless

By: Monday March 8, 2010 8:09 am

This is the deal Lindsey Graham thinks he can use to get the White House to abandon a civilian trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed: Republican support for the closure of Guantanamo Bay. According to the more sophisticated explanation/rationalization I’ve heard for accepting the deal, it’s not so much that Graham can really bring along Republicans as much as he can provide political cover for reticent Democrats to vote for what in 2008 was a bipartisan consensus position, endorsed by even George W. Bush and John McCain. This is the world we live in.

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