No Conservative Is Safe — Even McConnell Gets a Primary Challenger

By: Monday July 22, 2013 10:50 am

Despite being a solid conservative, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is likely facing a Tea Party-aligned challenger in the Republican primary next year.


Late Night: Lemonade (With Gin)

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 8:00 pm

Each week when I sit down to write a post, I wrack my brain to think of something positive, or at least relatively so, to write about, and each week events prevent this from happening. It’s hard not to feel typecast when even the most complimentary commenters nonetheless refer to one’s work as a “rant” or admit that I’ve made them more depressed, angry, hopeless, or whatever.

For that reason, I am happy to announce that for the first time in recent memory the week’s news, taken together, makes me feel uncharacteristically optimistic.

It Is Cheney Versus Enzi in the Wyoming Primary

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:35 am

A set of dueling announcements has kicked off what should be one of the most interesting and heavily contested primaries of 2014. Late Tuesday Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) announced that he was planning to run for a fourth senate term. Almost immediately afterwards Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced she would be challenging him in the Republican primary.

Late Night: Liz Cheney and the Perils of the Crown Princess

By: Sunday July 7, 2013 8:00 pm

I think Liz Cheney will run against Mike Enzi in the primary for his Senate seat next year. She’s got Crown Princess Syndrome.

Ryan Gets the Band Back Together for His Plan to End Medicare

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 2:30 pm

Paul Ryan is desperately trying to resuscitate his failed plan to end Medicare by offering it as the replacement element in the long-sought “repeal and replace” strategy for the Affordable Care Act.

Self-Fulfilling Prophesy: GOP Works to Make Government Unworkable

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 7:00 pm

It’s not just an article of faith among many in the Republican Party that the government by some rule of nature/psychology/economics can’t be a solution. This idea has morphed into a commitment to make it impossible for government to properly function, preventing it from ever being a solution. The conservative philosophy about the role of government has transitioned into an active effort to realize a self-fulfilling anti-government prophesy, as the proposal for smaller single-issue bills and the RIENS Act demonstrate.

If It’s Smaller, Single-Issue Bills You Want, End the Filibuster

By: Saturday February 12, 2011 4:00 pm

Wyoming’s two Republican senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, are pushing for a rules change that would only allow an individual bill to deal with a single issue, in order to prevent the current practice of Congress passing massive omnibus bills. From Politico:

Biologic Exclusivity: Drug Makers Seek to Boost Their Immunity to the Free Market

By: Monday January 17, 2011 1:45 pm

What company wouldn’t want to have the government let it sell a product for whatever price it wanted, have the government use its power to stop anyone else from selling the product, and have the government directly or indirectly pay for buying the product?

Clock Running Out on 9-11 Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 8:30 am

Senate Democrats want to pass the 9-11 health care bill. But the biggest enemy is not Republican votes, but the clock. Both Tom Coburn and Mike Enzi have signaled that they will force the maximum amount of time to block the bill. It’s fairly disgusting that time cannot be made during the holidays to care for rescue workers sickened through no fault of their own.

The Best of All Possible Worlds: Beltway Journos Use Sham Logic to Obscure Political Pain of Health Reform

By: Sunday October 31, 2010 4:00 pm

In the last few days, several bloggers – among them Jon Cohn and Ezra Klein — have written faulty defenses of the health care bill. They used theoretical, counterfactual alternatives in defense of the health care legislation they’ve supported, calling to mind Voltaire’s classic, Candide. In it, Voltaire heavily mocks the extreme optimism of Pangloss, who concludes all is good no matter how terrible things are because we live in “the best of all possible worlds.”

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