A friend asks, "How'd you like to be John Boehner right now?" Clearly, I'm daydreaming, but I'd like it. Because I'd stride to the podium, whack the gavel, and say...
One of the universal truths about the current government shutdown is that more Republican members of the House have adopted increasingly brazen political strategies because they're elected from safe districts. That storyline is deeply flawed, however.
So what's really at stake if the Republicans fail to raise the debt limit? They claim you have a choice: either "not much" or "only good things." ...
Republicans have irresponsibly and reprehensibly put party before country, using and abusing the levers of government in an ideological feeding-frenzy after forty-three failed attempts at killing ACA.
The question is whether John Boehner is more concerned about being terrorized by a Tea Party minority or having a legacy as the one man who single handedly caused a world wide economic disaster. If he cares about this country, his choice should be obvious.
As the shutdown continues, you hear fewer demands for Obamacare changes, because Republicans have pretty much lost all public support for their position. The irony is obvious to all: House Republicans wanted to shut down Obamacare, and what they got was the federal government shutting down while Obamacare is open.
That's how far off the deep end the tea party and right-wing House Republicans have gone. They've lost the Chamber of Commerce.
In Washington today, we are witnessing people who can't unlearn the old strategies of Democrats and Republicans and Tea Parties. That is why we need to commit ourselves to sending 468 fresh Americans to Washington in November of 2014. Wait, do we really have to wait until 2014?
Local and national news outlets pay attention to politicians and other national and regional officials who do and say things that are unmistakeably racist, covering these outbursts like sporting events.
We now have days not weeks to avoid a debt default. If Congress dishonors its "plighted faith," individual litigants will have no choice but to sue.
The lessons from the documentary film Fog of War starring Robert McNamara offer wisdom for John Bohner, a man in the fog of political warfare.
When politicians defer, deflect, fail, refuse to answer the question and "message" instead, it is the job of journalists to cut through the crap. Any reporter who considers himself merely the medium for "messaging" should be sent back to covering car accidents.
Let's not forget that even if the debt ceiling debate does eventually end positively, the 2011 fiasco resulted in a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, and given how crazy Washington is right now we may be better off protecting our present than betting on our future.
Conservatives talk a lot about the importance of their principles. It is sadly ironic, then, that the conservatives in Congress who shut down the government thereby turned away from principles and persuasion to a purely Machiavellian exercise of brute force
The threat made by the Grumpy Obstructionist Party (GOP) is simple: "Gimme what I want or I'll kill the government." Democrats refused to pay the ransom by defunding the Affordable Care Act, so the GOP defunded the federal government.
Sometimes it's not all that complicated... ...