Will Republican leaders wrest control from the tea party and pass immigration reform, or will they set down the path of a spectacular defeat in the 2014 election?
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 country cannot continue to lurch from crisis to crisis because one radical faction refuses to accept the results of an election. We need two parties that compete for votes at the ballot box and then, after the elections are over, act responsibly and get down to the business of governing.
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.
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?
Sometimes it's not all that complicated... ...
How did we get to this point? How we can avoid being in this position in the future? We don't yet have the perspective necessary to answer these questions fully.
Hey, PBS! What's the big idea?! ...
A good deal of attention was given yesterday to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) fake-filibuster. Lost in all the zany hoopla, however, was a point I found utterly remarkable, yet wasn't addressed by any reporters that I heard.
We need more outrage about these other Red Lines, the ones hurting our country. Where are the American people? Where is the outrage? We can do better. We are the United States of America -- we must do better.
The GOP has spent the last five years explaining that the source of all evil is Washington, D.C. In a shutdown, Americans will see that what mostly comes out of the government is checks -- soldiers' paychecks, Social Security checks, Medicare reimbursement checks...
It's all becoming clear now. House Republicans are just really big fans of Douglas Adams -- that's been their plan all along.
It has become conventional thinking that bipartisanship is moribund in American politics. Recent elections of Tea Party Republicans have cemented this mindset. Ironically, the increasing partisan polarity may actually have the unintended result of effectuating a new bipartisanship.
Being a progressive, I am a tolerant guy, so you conservatives should feel free to party however you see fit. But I'm glad for the sake of my humanity that I am part of the progressive movement, and not the conservative one. What a sad, obsessive world modern-day conservatives live in.
Yeah, right. Now go back and read this post reversing Christians and gays because that, of course, is what Rep. Fleming's amendment will do.