A Louisiana elected official once said "the flag of Texaco flies over the Louisiana State Capitol." Right now that flag is flapping in the face of every citizen.
Of all the rhetorical forms, hyperbole is one that we use every day, and as a result we all have a fairly good idea about how it works. This is why Bobby Jindal sounded just a little bit crazy when he started on about white flags.
Priebus can cut off contact with liberal media outlets to protest claims that he feels are unjust; however, if he is truly dedicated to reestablishing the Republican Party, he could start by looking in the mirror first because as these examples show there is nothing the liberal media can say that will make Republicans look worse than their own actions do.
Even if they weren't crooked, Louisiana seemed to pick leaders for reasons other than their executive ability. Jimmy Davis served two terms as governor on the strength of his hit song, "You Are My Sunshine."
What is it about the unemployed, the uninsured and the undocumented that doesn't inspire conservatives to spring into action, as they do when they worry the right to hate may be limited?
Robertson's comments equating homosexuality to bestiality or implying African Americans were better off under Jim Crow laws are shameful, no doubt. But, what is even more startling is the almost instantaneous defense of Robertson by several prominent elected officials.
Hoping to advance your own political career? Better be quiet about Common Core. Amazing how a number of formerly outspoken, pro-CCSS governors have strategically opted for silence (or some other form of distance) regarding the now-highly-charged CCSS.
While I disagree with the sentiment that Mr. Robertson shouldn't face negative consequences for his bigotry, my larger concern is that public figures are exploiting the public's thin knowledge of history, the Constitution and the Bible to purposely mislead their followers.
Phil Robertson thought he was a TV star. Now he's in trouble.The concern is his remarks about homosexuals. Bigotry, worthy of the utmost condemnation? Absolutely. But less noticed were his comments about race.
In my mind, when a politician avoids discussing the merits of an issue and instead launches personal attacks against those opposed to his views, it's because there is nothing solid to stand on.
Please take your duck whistles and complaints to the nearest Chick-fil-A and let the rest of us celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and actual bravery in free speech with those folks from Pussy Riot.
The Bible's one verse on homosexuality is no excuse for horrendously defaming an entire group of people publicly and expecting your employer, with whom you've signed a contract, to "respect" that as your religious belief.
Governors and lawmakers in 25 states who rebuff federal support to expand state Medicaid programs to 4.8 million low-income people under the ACA are sacrificing thousands of lives and pushing away enormous economic development opportunities.
Large infrastructure projects are the energy sector's version of Hollywood blockbusters; the focus of endless industry drama and rumor-mongering that swells in proportion with inevitably inflating budgets.
Tuesday night's election results were a lot to take in -- especially if you're one of the Beltway creatures still clinging to low expectations for the political participation of Millennials. Spoiler alert: Young voter turnout in Virginia went up, a lot.
The presidential election is three years away, but the recent government shutdown and the way aspirants responded to it will be a key metric for partisans choosing their next nominee. So how did they fare?