The historian Ken Burns used, or perhaps coined, the phrase "Vichy Republicans" in a recent commencement address.
This week, as Britain broke with the EU, some in the U.S. media broke with reality by continuing to normalize the unreal candidacy of Donald Trump. After a speech on Wednesday focusing on economics and attacks on Hillary Clinton, many pundits gave Trump the gift of analyzing the speech as if it had been delivered by someone other than the most dangerous and unstable nominee in modern history. "That's called the pivot," said Joe Scarborough, while Mark Halperin allowed that "the themes Trump chose... were well chosen," the speech "decently written," and that Trump is "better on prompter." In other words, focusing on weeds in a forest of demonstrable lies: the U.S., for example, is not "the highest taxed nation in the world." As noted by Politifact, which has debunked this claim three times, the U.S. is "nowhere near the top." Meanwhile, Democrats broke with House rules and staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun control legislation. The effort was labeled a "publicity stunt," by Paul Ryan -- a break from irony from a man who endorsed Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's name lends itself to all sorts of mashed-up words, but we find it doesn't really work with the big story of the week. British voters decided to take the so-called "Brexit" (or "British exit") from the European Union.
It has been 42 years since the current ground-rules emerged, and my gut tells me that we may be on the cusp of yet another major change in how the House is ruled. Any new order will certainly emerge only after the November elections. What it will be is a mystery.
Democratic frustration with the Republican's inability to keep our country safe is not a political talking point -- it is about real policy that affects real people. The number one job of our country's most representative elected body is to legislate in order to keep the American people safe. And in this regard, on both domestic and foreign policy, House Republicans have failed miserably.
As I write this, a protest is occurring on the floor of the House of Representatives. Democrats, led by John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Pelosi (and many others), are staging a "sit-in" to protest Republicans' refusal to even hold a vote on any gun control legislation.
In the last few week or so, the vibe of the presidential campaign has changed. Although the most recent polls only show the Democratic nominee, Hillar...
The tragic news from Orlando dominated the week's media, as once again someone with easy access to military-style weaponry takes dozens of lives. According to Donald Trump and John McCain, this is all Barack Obama's fault (of course). Personally, we think if you want to go back and point fingers, you'd have to include George W. Bush.
The Republican Party is in turmoil. Its leadership has so far chosen to support a presumptive nominee that has used hate, fear and personal attacks to secure enough delegates to be nominated at its upcoming convention. Does the GOP really want to be the party of Donald Trump?
So, to Speaker Ryan and all thoughtful Republican conservatives everywhere, I suggest that you read Romney's words carefully, as well as Margaret Chase Smith's declaration, made almost exactly 66 years ago this month, and repudiate Donald Trump's presidential candidacy.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan released a new "anti-poverty" plan last week that would only make it tougher for poor and working families to get by. As expected, the plan cuts from public programs that help low- and moderate-income Americans, while protecting tax cuts for the very wealthy.
One should never shout fire in a crowded theater. In his panic-stricken response to the horrifying massacre that occurred over the weekend at the Pul...
Ryan hopes his endorsement of Trump will help his club win. It's my club, too. But it's also my country, which means more to me than my political party.
"Woman Hear Me Roar" says Clinton, clinching nomination and making some spines tingle. But the panel sticks to Trump odds of 5%-40% because he's a qualified ignorant bully and she's a qualified smart president. Can he be dumped by GOP? Only if more Curiel-like blunders plus polls showing her steadily up by 10 points.
Paul Ryan is not merely a captive in Donald Trump's hostage video. He is a politician caught between his rejected ideology, and the racist pseudo-populism of an interloper who emerged from the political and moral void he and his party helped create. Trump, of course, will lose. But he will leave behind a Republican Titanic, headed for an electoral iceberg which will shatter the party for years to come. Ryan may survive as speaker by clinging to some piece of ideological flotsam -- if only because no one else will want the job. But he will never rise above the waterline -- not in 2020, or ever. The shipwreck is catastrophic, and its fatalities include the party's would-be savior, President Paul Ryan.