Republican Tim Scott to Become Only African-American Senator, Replacing Jim DeMint

By: Monday December 17, 2012 10:00 am

This is probably another vote in the Senate for the hard-right conservative movement that DeMint fostered. Scott was DeMint’s choice for his replacement.

Republicans Attempt “Vote for Us or We’ll Tear the Mother Down” Closing Argument

By: Friday November 2, 2012 11:34 am

Implicit in Mitt Romney’s closing argument for the election is the idea that only he can stop House Republicans from destroying the economy: “Unless we change course, we may well be looking at another recession,” Romney told a crowd in West Allis, Wisconsin. Romney said that Obama “promised to be a post-partisan president, but he [...]

Two House Republicans Criticize Ideological Purity, Distance Themselves from Caucus

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:15 am

A couple wayward House Republicans have walked off the reservation and rejected the ideological purity demanded by the party’s conservative base. Rep. Richard Hanna, elected in 2010 as part of the Republican takeover of Congress, lashed out at his caucus yesterday: U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna took his own party to task today, saying the Republican [...]

Health Care, Nullification, and the Huge Emerging Fight Over Medicaid Expansion in Red States

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 10:55 am

One of the more off-the-chart reactions to the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law today comes from Michigan, where the former spokesman of the state Republican Party mused as to whether an armed rebellion was now justified. But only slightly more restrained is Sen. Jim DeMint’s call for continued resistance to the law: [...]

Business Groups at End of Their Tether With Tea Party Resistance

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 12:57 pm

I stand by the opinion – backed up by decades of evidence – that we’re in the midst of an inexorable shift to the right in our politics. But sometimes, that shift really defies any conception of ideology at all. It really is the case that conservatives often knee-jerk oppose absolutely anything the opposition supports. [...]

The Last Word on the Ryan Budget – A Massively Dishonest Document

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 9:14 am

This will probably be my last post on the Paul Ryan budget, which you can access here. It’s simply not worth wasting that much space on a budget plan that not only won’t become law, but may not even pass the House. Conservatives are angry that it doesn’t cut enough, and takes too long (beyond [...]

SOPA Activism Moves Republicans More Than Democrats

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 8:15 am

Yesterday’s SOPA strike was enormously successful, not only raising attention to the issue but moving a tremendous amount of politicians for a one-day event. Over 4.5 million people signed Google’s petition against SOPA. The Wikipedia action gave high-profile attention to the issue as well, and even if Facebook and Twitter’s responses were muted, overall the [...]

House Returns to Washington to Do Pretty Much Nothing

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 6:17 am

The House returns to session today, and you can forgive them for feeling a distinct sense of deja vu. When they left, they faced a deadline to pass a payroll tax cut, extended unemployment benefits and a doctor’s fix for Medicare reimbursement rates. Weeks later, they return to a deadline to pass a payroll tax [...]

Light Bulb Industry Angered by Delay of Tougher Light Bulb Efficiency Standards (?)

By: Monday December 19, 2011 12:15 pm

As part of the omnibus spending bill, which has not quite yet been made law due to the blowup of the payroll tax deal, the federal government will delay enforcement of new regulations for increased energy efficiency in light bulbs. Republicans claim that this delay, achieved through blocking Energy Department funding for enforcement through Fiscal [...]

Rep. Walsh’s Rant Pathetic, and Also Indicative of Washington’s No-Accountability Policy

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 2:47 pm

Either Rep. Joe Walsh or someone associated with posting the video of his meltdown at a meeting with constituents has now made the clip private, which is kind of hysterical in and of itself (UPDATE: there’s another version of the exchange here). But Think Progress provided a transcript so you can get the gist of [...]

Russell Pearce Recall in Arizona Marred by Fake Candidate Placed on Ballot

By: Monday October 10, 2011 11:34 am

In Arizona, State Senate President Russell Pearce, who authored and was the driving force behind the anti-immigrant SB 1070 last year, faces a recall election next month. He immediately faced some challengers, including Olivia Cortes, a naturalized immigrant from Mexico who used the familiar “Sí, Se Puede!” as a campaign slogan. Just one thing, though: [...]

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