A nationally-televised presidential debate stage is, indeed, neither the time nor the place, one would think. This year, however, all the rules have been thrown out and we've got Donald Trump and Marco Rubio comparing relative penis sizes in their effort to become the so-called leader of the free world.
With Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley's approval ratings faltering in a new poll on his role in obstructing the Supreme Court nomination process, Democratic challengers like state Sen. Rob Hogg are inspiring a groundswell of new support for a suddenly competitive election battle.
Olay, what I am about to say is based solely on the fact that I am no longer able or willing to cope with the pandemic of evil that has infected American politics whose symptoms are a severe lack of civility, respect, common courtesy and decency.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proclamation that Republican senators will block anyone nominated by President Obama to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia was followed by immediate condemnation from legal experts. Ignoring those objections, McConnell doubled down.
Are we witnessing the end of the Republican Party? That's a pretty stunning question to ask, but we're living through a pretty stunning presidential nomination fight, so it can no longer be avoided or ignored.
The Senate should not play political games with an institution as vital and important as the U.S. Supreme Court. Nowhere does the Constitution say a duly elected president loses the right to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in the last year of his term.
Marco Rubio played the part of a yappy little attack dog all night long, but only really landed one good blow on Trump (when he turned the "you repeat things" attack back on him) for all his heartfelt effort.
In 1957, then-senator John F. Kennedy published Profiles in Courage, a book describing acts of political integrity by eight U.S. senators through history. Nearly 60 years later, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republican leaders are starring in a sequel that could only be called Profiles in Cynicism.
While Sandoval is by no means the only person being vetted, he is probably the most conservative candidate Obama is considering. In this instance, leaking Sandoval's name would make sense for two reasons.
GOP leaders who refuse to hold confirmation hearings and attempt to prevent President Obama from making an appointment violate the legacy of the man they seek to replace.
Across America, groundbreaking research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) alone adds millions of dollars to our economy every year. In fact, NIH funding generated an estimated $58 billion in economic output nationwide in 2014.
Ask tough questions, and maybe, in the absence of GOP senators, have one of the Democratic senators play the role that someone usually does in preparing a presidential candidate for a debate.
Choice issues will continue to impregnate political debate as we head toward November for the simple reason that women, a huge swing voting bloc in Colorado, care about candidates' positions on abortion. Of course they do. That's common sense.
Much is at stake in this battle the Republicans have forced upon the nation. It is a battle that must be fought and won, and one that is the president's job, above all, to lead.
Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that they will not consider any nominee put forward by our nation's president. This is unconscionable. If they carry through on this threat, it will be directly incompatible with their solemn responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution.
The Republican-controlled Senate's refusal to consider, hold hearings for, or even meet with any Supreme Court nominee proposed by President Obama is not "just" partisan politics as usual.