Whether Thom Tillis or Marco Rubio calls himself establishment or tea party makes little substantive difference. They are either committed ideological extremists or cynical ones. The consequences for America of their election are, in either case, exactly the same.
Last week, convergence on Nader's new book. This week, divergence as Matalin and Lamarche clash over party beliefs, the GOP shrugs at warnings about extreme weather and Dems question need for a Select Committee on Hillary.
This week, the House voted along party lines to open yet another Benghazi investigation -- adding to the 13 hearings and 50 briefings already completed. Democrats, who are considering boycotting the hearings, should instead hold alternate hearings on all the real and ongoing problems being ignored, like income inequality, gun deaths (approximately more than 40,000 since Benghazi), and climate change. On Tuesday, climate change was the subject of a very different kind of investigation. The National Climate Assessment -- an 800-page report from 300 scientists -- warned that climate change is already here. "The question," said one lead scientist, "is are we able to meet the challenges, given the growing understanding of how much the climate could change this century?" Unfortunately, the answer for the GOP seems to be: "Benghazi." On an utterly non-partisan note: here's wishing moms everywhere a very happy Mother's Day!
There was a noticeable change this week. Republicans as a whole seem to be pivoting away from their stated singular campaign theme of "Obamacare is the root of all the country's problems."
As an American citizen, I feel lucky to be able to voice my concern and write about the issues haunting me as a human being. One thing in the news of late is the continuing debate over the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, in Libya.
Hillary vs. the media bit is a good narrative frame for her, no matter its accuracy. It's certainly accurate enough to have some credibility. And then there's the fact that the public doesn't think much of the news media. This week, in fact, we've seen how it can work for her.
The GOP's Benghazi disease has metastasized into yet another committee in the Republican House of Inquisitions, seeking to waste taxpayer money in yet another failed effort to exploit the death of Americans and prosecute yet another witch hunt against Hillary Clinton.
It has become more and more clear that today's Republican party is truly opposed to, well, everything that President Obama and the Democratic party have proposed.
Benghazi has turned into an investigation about talking points. It has become a political rallying cry for Republicans, who see it as the gift that will keep on giving all the way to November 2016, while overlooking similar such incidents under Republican presidents.
Already the GOP has bet heavily that its obsession with Obamacare will bolster its political position -- a bet that increasingly looks like a loser. Now, in its never-ending attempts to mollify the tea party fringe, the GOP leadership has turned down another political blind alley.
After leaving this country with a Great Recession and two wars, the best the GOP can do after spending millions of taxpayer dollars investigating the White House is an allegation of misleading talking points.
A Democratic boycott of the Select Committee on Benghazi, as suggested by Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California) would be stupid and a disservice to our nation. A boycott is the Democrats playing politics.
Republicans aren't for things. Instead they run from one hysterical anti-something scream to the next. They have shifted from the "noun-verb-911" of t...
Democrats, from this point on, should adopt a very simple technique to disarm Republican squabbles about Obamacare numbers. To every figure quoted for people gaining health insurance, Democrats should end with "... and counting."