I've been put off by most of these "terrorist" and "hostage" analogies, but this is a toddler who wants to be compensated for the anguish she suffered during her meltdown.
The media consensus is that the Republican Party is the loser, and that Republicans must ultimately come crawling back to the president and the Democrats, take their medicine, and forsake their goals. But Ted Cruz does not have to play it that way.
Mainstream GOP leaders can't utter these inanities. They must always give the appearance that they are above the verbal mugging of Obama, Democrats, and minorities. Yet, that's only part of the value of this tactic to the GOP.
Yes, the frightened corporate leaders surely know how this happened -- because their money funded the Tea Party candidates and organizations responsible for the crisis.
As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?
A content analysis of the language used by Republican leaders in news and social media shows "debt" overtaking "Obamacare" in the words most frequently used in GOP quotes and sound bites.
The Tea Party, while more radical than mainstream Republicans, shares with them the party's signature motive force: hatred.
Political dysfunction in Washington underscores a broader social dysfunction that is enabled by exponentially expanding ignorance. A good way to fight back is by teaching our kids to read widely, write clearly, and think critically -- the foundation of any viable democracy
Like the 777 point decline when House Republicans rejected the TARP, only to pass it a few days later, that may be what it takes to end this charade.
The Tea Partiers have it all muddled again. They're crying about 50 million uninsured Americans retaining access to doctors under the Affordable Care Act instead of protesting, as they did in their early days, the Republican attempt to strangle Medicare.
In a free-for-all like this, it's tough to decide who's winning the message battle. About the best you can do is check to see how the messaging might have changed since the fight broke out, and, in view of the changing ground and changing poll numbers, it pretty clearly has.
We might get past the debt ceiling crisis, the government shutdown, but the future of America is clear. We are no longer the wonder of the world. We exposed our ignorance, our ugly insensitivity. We are a petty people with a government that has ceased to function.
The public has seen the results of the Banana Republican policies and politics. The public has seen the damage of these GOP policies and practices to them. The public is saying no to Cruz, no to Lee, no to the Tea Party and no to House Republicans.
An analysis of the words used by national leaders in news and social media discussion of the crisis shows that Democrats have, indeed, used that emotionally charged language -- and they should use it more often.
What's perhaps most shameful about this political standoff are the cuts to programs and services for our veterans. Veterans are continuing to deal with the suspension of tens of thousands of disability claims, increasing the strain on what is already a tremendous backlog.