If you're a Texan, you know the name Kinky Friedman. If you're not, you may have heard of his much-publicized run for the governor's seat against Rick Perry, his songs like "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed."
Of course Mitt Romney supports redistribution. Everyone supports redistribution to some extent. It's literally how the government collects and spends tax revenue.
With the first Obama-Romney debate just around the corner, the presidential and vice presidential candidates are hard at work preparing for combat. What should each of them be concentrating on?
Nate Silver's commitment to a quantitative, value-free approach to the living, breathing universe, with an emphasis on numbers, can be troubling, to the point of absurdity, when the answers have nothing to do with statistical equations.
The GOP is no longer the Party of Lincoln. It is now the Party of Mitt, one willing to play to the fears and prejudices of the masses, instead of the hopes and aspirations that have kept this country going. Of course, he believes it's the only path to victory.
Fortunately, when it comes to the medical needs for people in crisis, Medicaid is immediately responsive to these needs without the need for a plea or request from states.
Like all things Romney, the choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick is thoroughly calculated and entirely dull. They need to shift away from policy and engage in a serious charm offensive if they want to take the White House in 2012.
When the ACA began to provide contraceptive services for women, the plan acquired the kind of traction not possible through political rhetoric. But some are determined to stop full implementation of "Obamacare." And their political intransigence is certain to create victims.
The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, and even the biggest partisans should admit that expanding Medicaid is good for the economy and the financial security of middle-class families.
In the case of fetuses and rich people, Republicans insist on the sanctity of life. But in the case of destitute people, infants who imprudently choose working-poor parents and struggling young adults the GOP says there's nothing sacred about their lives.
The ghost of Sarah Palin continues to loom over Romney's VP decision. Only two days ago, Dick Cheney, John McCain and La Palin herself engaged in a mud-slinging ménage a trois over whether or not Palin was up to the task of riding shotgun on the Republican ticket four years ago.
There is, however, no question that Perry has been punched in the nose by his own party. His endorsed candidate was soundly rejected by a ten percent margin with more than a million voters turning out in July Texas heat.
If polling trends are accurate, Tea Party crush Ted Cruz, who thinks there is a conspiracy to rid America of its golf courses, is about to toss over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a GOP U.S. Senate runoff election.
I've heard that Ohio Senator Rob Portman has gone through "the complete vetting process," indicating that Portman is among the finalists for Romney's VP selection.
This has been a heady week for Democrats. We're used to flinching when Republicans walk by us in the lunchroom. We're used to negotiating the terms of our own beating and calling it a success.
The reality is that people can't live without insurance. Our leaders must look their constituents in the eye and explain why they could possibly refuse the federal government's generous offer to foot the bill for Medicaid expansion for the first few years.