The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

By: Friday October 18, 2013 7:35 am

If the Tea Party members are unwilling work with Obama to keep the government open, they are not going to agree to a grand bargain and Boehner just proved he is not going to cross his caucus.

Late Night: All Over But The Pouting

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 8:00 pm

I must confess I was a little surprised by the utter defeat of the ‘baggers over the shutdown/debt default.  After all, conservatives bowing to reality isn’t exactly a thing in 21st century America, as we see pretty much every day. What did leave me somewhat taken aback, though, was the fact that Democrats, particularly the Caver in Chief, somehow found it in themselves to stand up to the lunacy for a change.

It Was All Boehner’s Fault

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 8:20 am

It has been a smart political tactic for Democrats to blame Sen. Ted Cruz and/or the Tea Party for the government shutdown, but in reality it was entirely Speaker John Boehner’s fault. He is the one who really deserves the blame.

Ted Cruz Loses Local Newspaper Endorsement But Gains Cash For Helping Shutdown Government

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 12:25 pm

In a cheerful press conference today Senator Ted Cruz said he would not try to stop a bill reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling from passing the Senate. It would seem that Senator Cruz should be in a more sour mood given that his plan to stop Obamacare is set to be thwarted. Things really seem to be going poorly for Cruz as the Houston Chronicle, one of his home state’s most prominent papers, took back its endorsement of him.

Did Paul Ryan Win the 2012 Election?

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 12:10 pm

Something that seems to be missing from the government shutdown debate is that the “clean CR” President Obama and Congressional Democrats are demanding bares a striking resemblance to the Ryan Budget. So even if the Tea Party faction capitulates and passes the clean CR they have already won. The clean Continuing Resolution comes in at $986 billion. And what was the Ryan Budget? $967 billion. A mere $19 billion difference.

A large group of Major Kong Impersonators

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 1:30 am

They ALL want to ride the bomb down to the ground.

Thoughtless Governing Bodies

By: Sunday October 6, 2013 10:39 am

Democracy only works when there are enough thoughtful people to outvote the thoughtless. And even then not always.

FDL Movie Night: Informant

By: Monday September 30, 2013 4:59 pm

Informant follows the engrossing and disturbing story of Brandon Darby, the handsome, impassioned radical activist turned FBI informant and Tea Party hero whose work with the FBI led to one man’s death in Austin, Texas, and the trial and imprisonment of two anarchists during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Our guest tonight, Director Jamie Meltzer, has crafted a taut tale with re-enactments that break the fourth wall, conflicting accounts of key incidents, and an unreliable, perhaps confabulist, narrator.

Come Saturday Morning: John Boehner Couldn’t Run a Drugstore

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 6:45 am

The irony is that the Tea Partiers in Congress would respect John Boehner more — and thus be more likely to heed him — if he didn’t all but pee on his shoes every time they glanced his way. If, just once, he were to say “Screw it, I’m going to talk to Nancy about a deal” and did so, he’d show that he’s willing to call their bluff.

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