According to anonymous Capitol Hill sources, Nancy Pelosi cautioned Democratic members of Congress today against "gloating" over the spectacular crash-and-burn that was the Republicans' government shutdown.
After watching 12 Years A Slave, I imagine Germans feel about the Holocaust like a lot of Americans do, or at least should, feel about slavery and the role racism has played in this country's history.
Up until the Tea Party's Waterloo, they had been blithely crushing all opponents. Federal irrelevance was beginning to seem the norm. But thanks to their overreach, pretty much shutting down government altogether, a funny thing happened. Ordinary Americans began to miss it.
After spending weeks torturing credit markets, receiving warnings from ratings agencies, and arguing that Obamacare's funding of contraception was worth putting America's world standing in question, the tea party ultimately accomplished what they want government to accomplish: nothing.
Of all the indignities the "Tea Party" has heaped upon the rest of us, nothing rankles me more than their attempted hijacking of the magnificent phrase that begins our Constitution, "We, The People."
Thousands of federal employees returned to work this morning as the 2013 #GovernmentShutdown ended. With the damage left by the tea party, a small f...
It has been a challenge for many Americans to understand the Tea Party's willingness to cause the country so much harm in its zeal to repeal a law designed to extend access to health care and comprehensive health insurance to all Americans.
Rather than see the Tea Party's divisiveness as a sign of politics to come, it may simply be the final spasm of rage for a shrinking cohort of citizens who refuse to accept that our culture no longer resembles the "real America" embedded in their historical imagination.
The tea party hasn't broken the Constitution -- it has broken our century-old two-party system of government. And there is a least one Founder who might have been pleased.
Deal Done But War Goes On: No Winners, Only Losers Behind the Shutdown was a politics of right-wing movement building to raise money and visibility by...
It's a major victory. The shutdown's ending, the government isn't defaulting (at least not yet), and Democrats didn't yield in the face of threats and bullying. But what happens next could shape our fate for many years to come.
We've been in the midst of crass politics for three solid weeks now, so it doesn't seem that unbecoming to engage in some more of the same at the end of the shutdown/default crisis. The name of this game is politics. Here's who came out a winner, and who bears the loser label.
So who won the day? Clearly the Democrats. But they are fighting a two-headed foe, and while that mere fact suggests destruction for Republicans, it also means that there are two wars to fight.
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.