If the new crop of conservatives wants the kind of national stage that Bachmann is ceding, they have to jump in the deep end of the nut bowl with a snorkel and a mouthful of garbled sound bytes.
Don't want a children's toy containing lead paint manufactured with child labor in your state? Congressman King and the House Agriculture Committee say "tough." Want the workers in your state to have a better chance? Your state won't have the right to choose. The Feds are encroaching.
Conservatives are being forced to take sides: They can either stand with promoters of inflammatory tracts -- like the Heritage Foundation and their hack Jason Richwine -- or they can stand with Americans in both parties who are working to fix our broken immigration system.
The battle over S.B. 1070, "self-deportation" and the filibuster of the DREAM Act are all in the memory of Latino voters. The more congresspeople like Gohmert, King and Sessions rail against immigration reform, the more the Republicans' recent history with Latinos will remain an issue.
Organizations like the Conservative Victory Fund indicate that the establishment is done playing ball with these radicals -- and that it is ready to begin the work of reclaiming the GOP from its fringe elements. And not a moment too soon.
In his second term, President Obama must drastically change his administration's deportation policies and work towards a comprehensive, and fair, path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
The GOP is going to be duking this one out for a while -- at least until their inner jumping beans settle down.
To keep hearing the same political debates around our country regarding abortion, women's pay, and women's health is so surreal that sometimes I feel like a time-traveling protagonist in a sci-fi film, in which I missed a turn and went back a century.
If President Obama wins with the help of Latino voters, he will have a strong mandate to create clear and lasting immigration reform. And Republicans will have to think twice before hitching their futures on the politics of demonization and exclusion.
Think this year's political focus on women's issues is just some overblown hype fueled by a few rogue Akins and Mourdocks? Think again. I sorted through binders full of Republican candidates, and found a real pattern.
What if students, what if white students, starting in kindergarten and through graduate school, American's future leaders, teachers, and voters, learned a 4th "R" -- racism -- alongside of (w)riting, reading, and (a)rithmetic?
While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.
Of course you can get pregnant from rape. People know that. What people generally do not know -- or don't care to learn about -- is economics, and that's why Romney's welfare lie is more dangerous.
The fundamental problem for the Republican party isn't Todd Akin's crazy rape statement on Sunday, or the fact that he refused to drop out of the Senate race, or even that other Republican extremists are keeping the story alive). The fundamental problem is the Republican party base.
These champions return to our country and see games of a different sort going on - elected officials stooping to the worst kind of politics, spreading fear and misinformation about immigrants, and enacting harmful anti-immigration policies.
It is important that Congress understands that we support and celebrate equality in the armed services. We also need to call for an end to DOMA, because as long as DOMA exists, anti-equality crusaders like Rep. King will continue to use it to justify and codify inequality.