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Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 11/24/14
Racist, sexist, homophobic jackass and Speaker-designee of the Nevada Assembly Ira Hansen, a – surprise! – Republican, will resign his speakership, presumably this week, after excerpts of controversial (meaning astoundingly stupid and deeply objectionable) columns he wrote for the Sparks Tribune between 1994 and 2010 were reprinted by Reno News & Review, an alternative weekly. It’s not clear whether he will also resign his seat. Like any self-respecting member of the Party of Personal Responsibility, Hansen blamed his troubles on “a carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government.” For good measure, his official statement included a baleful reference to “deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction.” Uh-huh.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/11/23/stormy-monday-112414/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Sun Nov 23, 2014, 10:20 PM (0 replies)
Grumpy and Ms. Mouse: Gloom and Doom in the Senate
Grumpy: Ya know, Mouse, I’m actually not exactly grumpy today. Now that the post-election fog has lifted and I can get a clear picture of what the next two years are going to look like, my grumpiness has been replaced by unmitigated terror. The havoc that the Teapublicans could cause on every aspect of American society and economy has me ready to crawl under a rock until sanity is restored. The reality is that if we all did that then the insanity would continue and only get worse.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/11/22/gloom-and-doom-in-the-senate/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Sat Nov 22, 2014, 02:48 PM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: We Know Tar Sands, But Why Don’t We Know Biomass?
The US Congress perseverates. Its new leaders, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, have it bad. John McCain holds its longest recognized precondition. It is incurable and resists every treatment. Perseveration is a state of thought and speech, a mindset on a loop that repeats and repeats and prolongs an action long after the stimulus that prompted it has ceased. Think Keystone XL. Think Keystone. A political mutation from the perseveration of Obamacare.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/11/19/we-know-tar-sands-but-why-dont-we-know-biomass/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Nov 19, 2014, 04:09 PM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: A Time to Act
The next Republican step will be to force President Obama to use the veto in a way that tanks Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the Presidency. The GOP-led Senate will not be interested in passing any useful legislation. The Senate will function only as a political wedge, driving bills that the President will veto, but that will also be loaded with riders affixed to the GOP agenda.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/11/12/a-time-to-act/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 05:26 PM (1 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Consequences
Well. With last week’s little unpleasantness out of the way, it’s at least a small relief that the cable news networks have mothballed their portentous horn-laden stings and seizure-inducing election-themed graphics. Until shortly before the first ’16 primary, anyway.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/11/10/consequences/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Nov 10, 2014, 06:13 PM (0 replies)
Grumpy and Ms. Mouse: Midterm Hangover
Grumpy: Well Mouse, I’m not feeling too well this week. In fact I think I’m about to have a two-year hangover after Tuesday night’s election results. Austerity will be the name of the game for the foreseeable future. Obama can use his veto pen, but I can’t see him using it on a budget which would effectively shut down government again. This time the blame will go to him, fairly or not. Filling vacant federal court seats? Don’t even think about it, they’ll never make it out of committee.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/11/07/midterm-hangover/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 07:06 PM (1 replies)
Walter Rhett: New Hampshire Points to the Future
The real story of the 2014 midterm election can be found in New Hampshire’s Senate race. More than any other states, its votes show how American politics is being redefined. Its results show how rapidly voters are shifting away from the old political paradigms of party and local issues to agenda-driven national issues that drown out regional and state concerns. In New Hampshire, look beyond the winners and losers, at the details and trends. There you’ll find the emerging politics of tomorrow.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/11/05/new-hampshire-points-to-the-future/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 03:00 PM (1 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 11/3/14
According to everyone from Nate Silver to Reince Priebus to Joe Trippi to a host of Democratic and Republican candidates sending out last-minute fundraising e-mails, on Tuesday Republicans will take over the Senate, strengthen their hold on the House, and ramp up their assault on women’s rights, voting rights and civil rights in general with increased legislative majorities at the state level. I trust, Gentle Reader, that you’re about to prove all of them wrong. Thanks in advance!
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/11/02/stormy-monday-11314-2/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Sun Nov 2, 2014, 08:42 PM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: How to Buy Power and Influence
Once, you bought elected officials. Today, you buy the election. How? With ads! Short, distorted, repetitive, intense, saturated, without facts. Who pays? Outside groups. An example: since 2006, the Republican State Leadership Committee has gone from spending $20 million on GOP candidates to a projected $37 million by next week, mainly aimed at state legislatures and judges. In a break with precedent (and mainstream media coverage!), the new era of free speech has focused attacks on elected judges, especially on state Supreme Courts. In North Carolina, one televised ad accused a sitting judge of “siding with child predators.”
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/10/29/how-to-buy-power-and-influence/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Oct 29, 2014, 07:46 PM (3 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Fever Dreams
For all the mainstream media’s obsession with Ebola in recent weeks, one disquieting aspect of the virus remains largely unexamined: its ability to provoke delusional raving from right-wingers.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/10/28/fever-dreams/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Tue Oct 28, 2014, 08:24 PM (0 replies)