Late Night: Like It’s 1999

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 8:00 pm

Obama knows, as did Clinton before him, that his only option in even serving out a second term is to serially cave to Republicans on matters big and small, which coincidentally makes a lot of the right people very happy.

 

Marriage Equality, Nullification, and Impeachment, Missouri Edition

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 9:06 am

After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in US v Windsor, same sex couples in states like Missouri that discriminate against them are treading through a maze of conflicting state and federal laws and regulations. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has issued an executive order to cut through this mess with respect to filing state taxes, and the Missouri GOP has reacted in very predictable ways.

Can you say “articles of impeachment”? Sure you can.

One Track Minds

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 8:00 pm

Republicans don’t like a lot of things, a trait for which they’re somewhat famous, but they do like to win. Naturally enough, they also take a very dim view of losing, and that’s what always gets them in trouble. When they lose, a whole passel of latent pathologies drive them to do the nuttiest things, most of which ultimately redound to their detriment, but they simply can’t help themselves.

The last two times they’ve lost the Presidency due to the usual rank incompetence and resulting widespread public revulsion, their reaction has been pretty much the opposite of what a sane person would do in such a situation, but the pattern is quite clear.

The Politics of Lying

By: Sunday April 29, 2012 8:00 pm

One of my favorite authors, David Wise, published a book in 1973 called The Politics of Lying: Government Deception, Secrecy, and Power. At the time, of course, Watergate was rapidly unfolding, and the first President since Andrew Johnson was about to be impeached for, well, lying. I know it seems quaint today, when actually telling the truth about anything is seen as more politically damaging, but back then, people were still offended about being lied to, for which reason liars at least had some fear of getting caught.

Late Night FDL: Crime and Punishment, by Grover Norquist

By: Friday January 27, 2012 8:00 pm

When you have the kind of power Grover Norquist has held — namely, decades of unquestioned dictatorial control over the Republican Party as its grand ayatollah of anti-tax orthodoxy — it’s easy for a wee bit of hubris to creep into your thinking. The result is the occasional burst of excessive honesty, as exemplified by [...]

Late Night FDL: Pouting Baby Says “Creepy Clarence and Mrs. Ginni T Are In Big Trouble Now”

By: Thursday October 6, 2011 8:00 pm

I know I’ve talked about Creepy Clarence and Mrs. Ginni T a lot. I asked why Mrs. Ginni T made mean phone calls to Professor Hill. Then I asked why Creepy Clarence is allowed to lie. After that, I asked why Bow Tie Boy hired Mrs. Ginni T. Tonight I want to get back to Creepy Clarence’s lies, because now Common Bob and his friends have found out that Creepy Clarence’s lies are even bigger than we first thought.

Senate GOP Blocks Consideration of Tax Plan Extending Rates on First $250K and First $1M

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 10:45 am

Republicans united in the Senate to block a $3.2 trillion dollar tax cut today, stopping consideration of an extension of tax rates for every worker in America on the first $250,000 of income. The final vote on the motion to proceed was 53-36. All Republicans, at least the ones who showed up, voted against the tax cut. So did Russ Feingold, Jim Webb and Joe Manchin, Joe Lieberman, and maybe more (will get a roll call when it’s up). I’m guessing Feingold just wants all the tax rates to expire; that would fit with his posture as a deficit hawk.

Obama Playing Games With Afghanistan War

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 5:15 pm

We all know how 11 dimensional chess works: President Obama claims he supports something easily acceptable and mainstream, like removing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or closing the illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay. His plan for doing so however, involves an ethereal, un-named bill making its way through both the House and Senate, which have almost [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bruce Fein, American Empire Before the Fall

By: Saturday September 11, 2010 1:58 pm

There’s no doubting the conservative bona fides of Bruce Fein. A high-level Justice Department lawyer in the Reagan administration in the 1980s and previously a resident scholar with the Heritage Foundation, he is a long-time advocate for uncompromising right-wing political principles.

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