Why Dems Lose Midterms

The preliminary numbers are in, and voter turnout was at a record low nationwide.

Conventional wisdom says that each party, Republican and Democrat, can count on roughly 45% of the vote, no matter what. The last ten percent is what you need to win an election.


Round Two

So the Teabaggers have another chance to pick off a few incumbent Republicans that they deem as too cozy with Obama.


Voters head to the polls today in six states to cast ballots in a the […]

Used Teabags

I wrote a few weeks ago that the Tea Party was a drying wart on the American political landscape, a view cinched last night:

FORTUNE — Tactically, the Republican establishment is routing the Tea Party. The insurgency’s backslide has been apparent all year, as its handpicked challengers to GOP incumbents failed to gain traction, […]

Imagine This Frightening Scenario

President Barack Obama wakes up on the morning of November 5, 2014 with a headache:


Pass The Popcorn

Oh boy, this is going to be great!

“There is now an out in the open civil war within the Republican Party,” conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace wrote in a Politico op-ed this week.

He’s right.

Karl Rove has launched a new group, the Conservative Victory Project, which will aim to select […]

Documents Found In Meth House Bare Inner Workings Of Dark Money Group

ProPublica/Frontline, By Kim Barker, ProPublica, and Rick Young & Emma Schwartz, Frontline, October 29

This post was co-published with PBS’ Frontline.

The boxes landed in the office of Montana investigators in March 2011.

Found in a meth house in Colorado, they were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races […]

Damn, That Man Gives A Good Speech

Barack Obama is such a fine orator I usually prefer to read his speeches so I can analyze them without being swayed by his delivery, here’s the text if you’re so inclined but tonight I watched it live. I thought it wasn’t his best speech ever, but far from his worst too. The last five […]

Why the F*CK Didn't You, Madame Speaker?

(ed. note & warning: Please pardon the colorful language, but in context, it seems appropriate.)

“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,” Pelosi said to laughter, during a sit-down with reporters. “I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol … If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could […]

Run Away To Fight Again Another Day

So FEMA wasn’t in any real danger of running out of funds, apparently.

Interesting. So what possible purpose was served by introducing this bill and making a stink over it?

There’s only one answer that makes sense. This is “another day.”


You noted over the weekend that Barack Obama stepped up his rhetoric about […]

"Dick" Shelby

You know, in the time of the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression…and one that is in danger of actually collapsing even further than that one…you’d think we’d want the best and the brightest minds overseeing our recovery.

Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama (Republican, natch) does not.

In April 2010, President Obama nominated me […]

Take His Advice, Mr. President

First, why is Paul Krugman not Secretary of tyhe Treasury or at least the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors?

Second, he’s right. The gloves have to come off now:

Which brings me to those calls for a bipartisan solution. Sorry to be cynical, but right now ”œbipartisan” is usually code for assembling some […]


The fallout from Coward James O’Keefe’s latest stunt is starting to build.

I mean, it’s hard to add to Glenn Beck’s deconstruction…yes, Glenn Beck…of the 11 minute faux NPR sting that O’Keefe cobbled together out of two hours of tape. I’m surprised O’Keefe is still standing and not curled up in some corner, sucking his […]

Wisconsin Has The Stench of Dairy Air

So….it goes.

On the one hand, I’m kind of glad the Republicans were dopey enough to decouple this provision from the overall budget bill and force an up or down vote on it. Now we know precisely who to put up against the wall and shoot.

Electorally speaking, of course.

On the other hand, the […]

Republicans "SHOCKED" They've Overspent Our Budget!

You might think otherwise, the way this story is getting spun, but that headline is the truth.

The 345-page General Accountability Office report pinpointed 34 areas ”“ from defense and job training to social services ”“ where federal agencies, offices or programs have redundant objectives or are fragmented across several departments.

For example, there are […]

Boener Blinks

Well, well, well….suddenly the Teabag has lost its flavor….

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told a convention of religious broadcasters in Nashville on Sunday evening that a federal government shutdown was not appropriate and not what the electorate wanted.

His remarks were the latest sign that congressional leaders were backing away from the brink […]