Boehner Stuck, Without Control of His Caucus on Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 11:12 am

Yesterday’s setback for Speaker John Boehner on a continuing resolution to fund the government shows what little real control Boehner has over his caucus. With 242 members, Boehner has the ability to pass any legislation he wants without Democratic crossover votes – and in this case he got 6 Democratic crossovers. He has a good [...]

Tea Party Debate Shows America What Everyone Can’t Stand About the Tea Party

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 6:59 am

Everyone’s talking about this exchange from last night’s CNN/Tea Party Express debate (I assume the CNN/MoveOn debate is next week), where the crowd cheers the prospect of allowing an uninsured man to die. And I’ll get to that in a moment. But perhaps just as rotten was when the crowd booed Ron Paul, who’s supposed [...]

Tea Party-Backed New Hampshire GOP Chair Faces Ouster

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 8:55 am

This is a pretty funny story. So in 2010, Jack Kimball, a tea party leader, took the chairmanship of the state Republican Party in New Hampshire. He immediately plunged the state party into debt, and Republicans kept losing special elections to Democrats. By May, the federal account for electing Republicans had a whopping $1,300 in [...]

Cantor Satisfied With Level of Appropriations for FY2012, Reducing the Threat of Government Shutdown

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 10:49 am

I wouldn’t go blowing horns just yet. You might remember that Eric Cantor signaled that the debt limit would be increased before engaging in multiple rounds of brinksmanship. But Cantor has done it again, by saying that the Republicans would not pursue a government shutdown on the 2012 appropriations at the end of September. In [...]

Gas Tax Hostage Situation Would Create a Windfall for Oil Companies

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 10:50 am

The New York Times editorializes on the federal gas tax today, which is a bit depressing. The tax is much smaller than in other countries around the world, and yet when it expires September 30, what is normally a routine extension could turn into another hostage situation from the Tea Party crowd. Unless Congress extends [...]

Democrats Take the Lead on Generic Congressional Ballot

By: Friday August 12, 2011 10:10 am

Whether or not the public “won” in the aftermath of the debt limit debate, I think it’s fairly clear that Democrats won the spin war. In an environment where everyone’s view of Washington diminished dramatically, Republicans took the brunt of that anger, perhaps because they are now the most vocal leaders in Washington, perhaps because [...]

Anxious Voters Take Out Frustrations on Politicians in Power

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:37 pm

This new poll from CNN showing historically bad approval ratings for the Republican Party is worth paying attention to. We’ve all seen the Republican plan for the Obama era: knee-jerk oppose everything, use every tool at their disposal to obstruct in the US Senate, demand low taxes forever and attack public services. It turns out [...]

Boehner FAIL: Withdraws Debt Limit Bill After Futile Late-Night Arm-Twisting

By: Friday July 29, 2011 6:10 am

I made a big mistake yesterday. I was under the misapprehension that John Boehner could count. I humbly apologize. It won’t happen again. As it turns out, he could not count to 216, and has to set about finding a bill that will get him there. I’m not sure it exists. One after another, recalcitrant [...]

Polling Finally Shows Americans Concerned About Letting Debt Limit Lapse

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 11:20 am

It took nearly a year, but the public has begun to recognize that refusing to pay the nation’s bills and causing a catastrophic default would probably be a bad thing. NBC/WSJ: A majority of Americans say that Congress failing to raise the debt ceiling would be a real and serious problem, according to a new [...]

Tea Party Economics Not Playing Well With Reality

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 1:33 pm

I think what drove Mitch McConnell to offer up a surrender plan for the debt limit, and what prompted Republicans to go completely off the rails, is when President Obama played the Social Security card the other day, saying that he couldn’t guarantee that checks would be able to go out. This is a mathematical [...]

Ohio Anti-Individual Mandate Bill Readied for November Ballot

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 8:50 am

We could have a real battle of ideas this November in Ohio. Last month, the coalition We Are Ohio introduced far more than enough signatures necessary to qualify the citizen veto of SB 5, an anti-union bill that takes away the right to strike and restricts collective bargaining for most public employees. This will go [...]

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