Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.
In reflecting on nearly 30 years in the U.S. Senate, I can hardly think of a time when a group of lawmakers has acted so recklessly as now.
The debate over "who's a journalist" is getting more urgent. Fortunately, the outlines of a definition are becoming clearer. Might some basic ethical tests help in further drawing the lines?
While the Tea Party may display the Constitution at their rallies, their movement and their current strategy in Congress are at their heart fundamentally anti-Constitutionalist and anti-Madisonian.
If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?
After many incidents, and finally the tragedy of September 11, the Congress in 2001 created the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). Since then...
Although most Americans are exasperated by the stalemate in Washington and by the extreme tactics of the Tea Party, students of history will recognize the symptoms of generational change.
They ought to just change the name, really. Leave it as just the "Democrats" versus the "Tea Partiers" -- because the Republican Party of yore is nothing more than a corpse waiting for burial, at this point. John Boehner, in fact, just hammered the last nail in its coffin.
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.
We cannot achieve anything when two parties speak only to themselves. The president must lead the negotiations that are currently at a deadlock.
This was a big week for eggs in the news, both here and abroad. In Iran, hard-boiled hardliners threw eggs and shoes at President Hassan Rouhani's car in the wake of his historic 15-minute phone call with President Obama, which ended with Rouhani telling Obama to "have a nice day!" In the Senate, Ted Cruz took to the floor for his marathon fake filibuster (fauxibuster? fauxibluster? disingenuous waste of time?), scrambling logic and reading Green Eggs and Ham. What Cruz didn't do in his runny 21-hour rant was provide details of an alternative to Obamacare that would cover the 48 million Americans who will finally get health insurance in January. Meanwhile, House Republicans, falling back on the cliché that you can't make a Tea Party Omelet without breaking a few eggheads, seem intent on forcing a government shutdown. Here's hoping less destructive thinking prevails, and that this overcooked political showdown ends sunny-side up.
Talk about missing the point. And no, I do not refer to the mindless mainstream media (who apparently don't know the difference between "a filibuster" and "a 21-hour ego trip").
Hours into his 21-hour-plus speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz gave a reading of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.
Ted Cruz wanted to be on television. That's pretty much it, in terms of any effective result that he achieved. In fact, it was so obvious that the worst invective against Cruz continues to come from his own party.
This whole idea of a government shutdown is hogwash spewing from a noisy minority of legislators who apparently have nothing better to do than attempt to hold hostage the daily functions of the federal government.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz knows exactly what he is doing and he thinks he is achieving all of his goals. His disruptive tactics are winning him acclaim from conservative Americans who disdain all things Washington, while the Republican establishment is fuming with anger.