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.

 

Nomination Advice for President Obama

By: Friday December 14, 2012 6:35 am

Scene: the Oval Office

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and CHIEF OF STAFF JACK LEW are seated on the sofas facing one another, with a single sheet of paper in front of LEW on the coffee table between them. Neither looks happy.

How to Slay Invisible Bond Vigilantes

By: Saturday November 24, 2012 9:00 am

Like little children scared about monsters under their beds, DC appears to be in thrall to fears of Invisible Bond Vigilantes. Krugman has been trying to slay these fears with logic and rational argument, but as any parent can tell you, fears like these are irrational and succumb to only one thing: mockery.

As the pressure for a Grand Bargain mounts and screaming about the Invisible Bond Vigilantes rises, let the mockery begin. It’s the only weapon that has a chance of success.

And Now From the Department of Y’all Should Really Just Shut Up

By: Friday November 2, 2012 2:06 pm

During this year’s silly season aka the stretch drive to the November elections, I have been watching the self immolation of various Republican campaigns around the country with a bit of fascination. The topic of rape and incest as exceptions allowing a woman to have an abortion has caused great consternation amongst the chattering classes. From Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s “pregnancy from rape something God intended” (a variant on Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s rape is just another “method of conception“) to Washington US House candidate John Koster’s “the rape thing” to Wisconsin State Rep. Roger Rivard’s “some girls rape easy,” the topic of rape and abortion has been making headlines across the nation.

Seeing a Flock of Moons

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 8:00 pm

Never do I feel so powerless and deflated in my role as a citizen as I do toward the end of an election season, but 2012 is quickly reaching a new level of awfulness. I just can’t wait for this to be over. From the top of the ticket on down (except for a few bright spots I’ll get to later), the dispiriting sense that “winning” can only be called such because losing is flat-out unthinkable, given that almost half of the electorate is evidently willing and eager to elect into office a party that holds them in utter contempt.

Todd Akin’s Way With Words Continues

By: Monday October 22, 2012 4:15 pm

But at least Representative Todd Akin, the son of his mother, father of his daughters, husband of his wife, and pious Christian that he is, didn’t call Senator Claire McCaskill a bitch.

‘Cause that would be downright ungentlemanly.

Todd Akin’s Three Nightmares

By: Monday October 15, 2012 2:45 pm

Todd Akin has three nightmares. First, Claire McCaskill has a devastating trio of ads featuring women who have been raped, including a conservative who says she’s never voted for Claire before, but she will now. Second, conservative men who are turned off by Akin’s views on women are starting to be heard.

Akin isn’t taking this sitting down. He’s launched a four-city tour to push back against this called “Missouri Women Stand With Todd Akin,” but it has a rather large problem from the standpoint of optics. None of the women that Akin’s campaign listed as headliners for the tour are from Missouri. Ooops.

And then there’s that third nightmare-inducing commercial, with all the naked women.

Don’t believe me? Click on through . . .

Come Saturday Morning: Romney-Ryan-Rivard-DesJarlais-Akin. This Is Who They Are. This Is What They Do.

By: Saturday October 13, 2012 6:45 am

This is who Romney, Ryan, and the rest of the GOP are. This is what they do. And now, with the bright spotlight of national and even world media attention focused on Paul Ryan, doing what much if not most of his hometown press wouldn’t do, many of Ryan’s own constituents are getting a better look at him than they’ve ever had before — which may be why he’s in trouble in his own reelection campaign.

Republican Flip-Flopping on Akin Is a Sign of Romney’s Failure

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00 am

With Todd Akin standing firm in his decision to remain on the Missouri ballot as the GOP candidate for US Senate, it falls to the rest of the Republican party leadership to flip-flop on their condemnations and fall into line.

And they have.

What’s curious, though, is that one of the flip-floppers is former MO senator and current Romney security affairs advisor Jim Talent, who is rumored to be in line for a possible cabinet post should Romney win. Either Romney will soon flip-flop on Akin as well, or Talent has decided that there will be no Romney administration come Jan 21, 2013, and he’d better help the GOP take the Senate. (Or, of course, both.)

Here’s the GOP’s current political calculus, courtesy of Todd Akin: The more Romney’s fortunes founder, the more the GOP needs to pull out all the stops to win the Senate, and if principles like “women are human beings, too” need to be sacrificed to the cause, so be it.

MO-Sen: Akin Officially on the Ballot; McCaskill Immediately References Legitimate Rape Comments in New Ad

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 9:45 am

Yesterday was the final day that Todd Akin could take himself off the Missouri Senate ballot. But I think the national Republicans who desperately wanted this to happen gave up on the idea long ago. Clearly Akin marches to his own beat, and wouldn’t be swayed even by the cutoff of funds. Some conservative movement members have slowly been inching their way back into the race, with Newt Gingrich campaigning with Akin this week, and Jim DeMint’s PAC likely to send him some money.

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