Off-year elections can often seem like after-thoughts for voters, national parties, and political donors exhausted by big national election years. But next month's gubernatorial election in Virginia should be anything but an after-thought.
If you're trying to understand the intentions of public officials, the most revealing information often is not what they tell their colleagues or the press, but what they tell their brokers.
To Democrats and moderate Republicans, Ted Cruz is akin to the Antichrist... a demonic, destructive, self-aggrandizing maniac who just might dest...
It's as if we've forgotten that these very same financiers not so very long ago took down the global economy with their bewildering array of fictitious financial instruments and gambling operations, many of which are still in play. Now we expect them to work in behalf of the common good?
If the United States government cannot pass a budget and (more alarmingly) its legislative leaders would risk a global economic disaster to extract policy concessions from its president, can America still be counted on to be a strong ally, a willing partner, a global leader?
What do Tea Party Republicans actually want? They claim an end to Obamacare, but that's simply not a rational objective. But I don't think that's really what they crave.
Mainstream GOP leaders can't utter these inanities. They must always give the appearance that they are above the verbal mugging of Obama, Democrats, and minorities. Yet, that's only part of the value of this tactic to the GOP.
Yes, the frightened corporate leaders surely know how this happened -- because their money funded the Tea Party candidates and organizations responsible for the crisis.
The Tea Party's destructive impact on United States politics represents that ultimate dysfunction that occurs when politics is financed by private wealthy donors.
The weaknesses in the analogy between government and household finances are too often lost yet this misleading analogy persists, creating confusion, prompting poor decisions and is some of the stimulant underneath the Congressional behavior we see today.
John Boehner, Ted Cruz & Rand Paul are geniuses, true patriots & founding fathers. (What did George Washington ever do that was so great anyway?) Slow down the government to prove how slow the government is! Love it!
It is shameful that fully grown adults from the richest country in the world and who have lived a life of privilege in comparison to Malala cannot muster the strength of character or a sense of decency to act with even a fraction of the dignity that this teenager exhibits, but that is precisely the case.
Yes, a man waved a Confederate flag in front of the home of an African-American family. And the elected officials who organized, spoke, marched or promoted this rally are just as responsible as that man for this ugly display of bigotry.
Currently you appear to be almost in a state of civil war. If one party can shut down the government, then the social compact to rule is broken. In most other democracies this simply could not happen.