Rather than accept the reality that their power is limited, they reject political leaders like John Boehner who - for all their gestures and playacting to appease their maddened base - understand that they lack the means to impose their will upon the nation.
New tax documents released last week confirm what we've known for years: sophisticated political operatives on the right and the left continue to use phony social welfare organizations to pump tens of millions of anonymous dollars into our elections.
Every time I tune into a Republican debate or watch one of the contenders talking about their candidacy, I wonder how come a party that once stood for free speech, globalization and ideas has come to its current form where Ben Carson and Donald Trump are leading the polls.
Because of the importance of the first debate of the season for Democrats, we're devoting the entire column today to scrutinizing the various talking points (good and bad) delivered by the candidates.
All Republicans candidates, even those not named Trump, promise to make America great again. That implies, of course, that America is in decline now. That narrative of decline is an historical argument: We were great once, but we aren't any more.
When I first started doing radio on the prominent AM station, WSVA, in Harrisonburg, Virginia,I had come to believe that both liberals and conservatives had important truths to offer, and that we should work to bring the partial truths of the two sides together into a higher wisdom.
Even though NBC, Macy's, and a long list of other sponsors fired him in July for his comments about immigrants from Mexico, Donald Trump is like the Energizer Bunny. He keeps going and going.
Donald Trump may not be Ronald Reagan, but the Ronald Reagan that whipped Jeb's father was not the saint of people's imagination either. Jeb might have the better resume, he might be a man of compassion, but neither experience nor compassion are the currencies of the moment.
The conservative play on Benghazi and Clinton's emails is nothing short of despicable. Perhaps we are witnessing the consequences of a right wing reeling from Obama's successful presidency; perhaps this is a manifestation of conservative desperation.
While it is not uncommon for Republicans to have a cult-like infatuation with Reagan, Walker has been obsessed with him since starting the Jesus USA Club in elementary school, when his Baptist preacher father started saying his son had "the gift" for being a politician.
There's a real progressive critique of the Clintons to be made. Hillary is aware of it, and is taking political steps to shore up her left flank. But trying to create a genuine political problem by having right-wingers tweet messages they don't believe to progressives who know what's going on? That's a prescription for irrelevance.
Are Bill O'Reilly's trousers really ablaze at the moment? Is he really just lying about his "combat" experience down there in the no-man's-land of Bue...
We have to marvel at what Boehner did. No matter his personal feelings about Obama, he could only undermine his own president in foreign policy if he simply had no respect for the office of the president. Compare this with the GOP position during the Bush administration, when any criticism or effort to oppose Bush was tantamount to treason.
As Majority Leader McConnell wields greater power than he has ever held in his life, some hack pundits predict that such awesome power will have a moderating influence on him. Don't count on it. People who strive for power the way McConnell has done throughout his career cannot be trusted to "moderate" themselves.
There must be a national Democratic strategy comparable to that developed by Karl Rove for the GOP. This is more than a compelling populist message.
During a presidential year with substantially higher turnout, Hagan more than likely would have been re-elected. When she won her first Senate term in 2008, Hagan outperformed Barack Obama in North Carolina by over 100,000 ballots, leading the statewide ticket with 2.25 million votes.