Our democracy thrives on a vibrant two party system. We have endured with it before and we need it restored again, something I am sure serious Democrats would welcome.
These days, in the wake of the Great Government Shutdown of 2013 -- surprise, surprise -- you actually have to be Anthony Weiner or the Ebola virus to be less liked than the United States Congress. Really. Compare them to dog poop, hemorrhoids or the DMV -- Congress loses to just about everything. Even cockroaches. We're sure you're shocked.
The GOP learned its lesson, right? Right? ...
This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.
That is not governing and it certainly does nothing to sell liberals or independents on conservative values. If anything, it pushes even moderate conservatives away from the movement because of its leadership.
Cruz took the party down a no-win path. He lacked vision and an end-goal. The Republican brand is now more tarnished, the party more fractured, than ever and he is squarely to blame. The Tea Party's irrational, irresponsible, reprehensible self-serving quest has been an affront to every American.
"Those RINOs don't represent real Americans. You know who they represent: AINOs. Americans In Name Only. Because only people who believe exactly what we believe deserve to be called real Americans."
Nearly all of the Tea Party lawmakers elected in 2010 had signed a document in which the signer forsakes one of the most sacrosanct responsibilities of his office: their independence to use their judgment to make the best decision to ensure the welfare of the American people.
The tea party hasn't broken the Constitution -- it has broken our century-old two-party system of government. And there is a least one Founder who might have been pleased.
Worry about our national credit, the economic consequence of default and the economy, to be sure. But the long-term danger of Washington shenanigans is an erosion in the ability of our legislative branch to do what it's supposed to do.
We've been in the midst of crass politics for three solid weeks now, so it doesn't seem that unbecoming to engage in some more of the same at the end of the shutdown/default crisis. The name of this game is politics. Here's who came out a winner, and who bears the loser label.
f I had a wish and a dream, it would be to get Congress in my salon. It would be difficult to argue with each other while John Boehner is getting a "conservative, side part to the right," and Nancy Pelosi is receiving cover for mother nature "highlights."
Once Congress does make peace, the moment between Barack Obama, John Boehner & Harry Reid should be remembered. In fresco. Could we really default on our loans?! Ugh.
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.