The Rise of Anti-Americanism . . . in the GOP
donald trump / Republican Party / Trump Administration

The Rise of Anti-Americanism . . . in the GOP

Republicans are often the first to brandish a flag or claim the mantle of patriotism or to question others’ patriotism over something as trivial as wearing a flag lapel pin. When it comes to the substance of American values, however, recent survey results, demonstrate that Republican views increasingly are hostile to bedrock American values. Nothing … Continue reading

Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey
Congressional Republicans / Ethics / Friends Running for Congress / Republican Congress / Russia / Trump Administration / Voting Rights Act

Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey

Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey While I am a lifelong Democrat, I consider myself fortunate to know two Republican members of Congress. I was a high school classmate of Senator Pat Toomey and shared a secretary with Congressman John Katko when we were young lawyers … Continue reading

Governing, Not Trump is Top Question for Congressional Republicans
2016 Election / Republican Obstructionism / Republican Party / Supreme Court Nominees

Governing, Not Trump is Top Question for Congressional Republicans

Governing, Not Trump is Top Question for Congressional Republicans   November 1, 2016 Throughout the fall campaign, journalists have repeatedly asked Republican Congressional candidates whether or not they will vote for Donald Trump. While seemingly consequential, it actually is the wrong question to ask since it reveals nothing about what they will do come January … Continue reading

Its Time to Kick Trump in the Rump
2016 Election / Racism / Republican Party

Its Time to Kick Trump in the Rump

WHEREAS . . . In 1981, Republican Senator Barry Goldwater responded to Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell’s statement that “every good Christian should be concerned” about Sandra Day O’Connor’s nomination for the Supreme Court by stating Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell’s ass.* WHEREAS . . . Donald John Trump has made numerous … Continue reading

GOP Form Letter to Victims of Mass Shootings
Congressional Republicans / Gun control / Republican Congress / Republican Party

GOP Form Letter to Victims of Mass Shootings

GOP Form Letter to Victims of Mass Shootings December 5, 2015 Dear Distraught Citizens of [blank], I was deeply saddened to learn of the mass shooting in your fine community. I want you to know that the victims, their families, the brave first responders and, indeed, your entire community are in my thoughts and prayers … Continue reading

The Unbearable Rudeness of Bibi
Foreign Policy / Israel / Republican Party / Uncategorized

The Unbearable Rudeness of Bibi

The Unbearable Rudeness of Bibi January 24, 2015 With the front page of the paper being occupied by so-called Deflate-gate, Congress was quick to reclaim its rightful place with its own mini-tempest over House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu to speak before a Joint Meeting of Congress without prior notice … Continue reading

Note to Republicans:  On Race, Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Congressional Republicans / Racism / Voting Rights Act

Note to Republicans: On Race, Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Note to Republicans: On Race, Actions Speak Louder Than Words The scandal over Steve Scalise raises a very difficult challenge for Republicans.  On the one hand, the party now has a lock on the white vote throughout the South but they bristle at the suggestion that they endorse racism.  The strongest way to communicate the message that … Continue reading

Six Years Ago Today:  House Republicans Sparked Largest Stock Market Drop in History
2008 Election / Congressional Republicans / Republican Obstructionism

Six Years Ago Today: House Republicans Sparked Largest Stock Market Drop in History

September 2008. The Bush financial meltdown was in high gear.  President Bush addressed the nation to warn that “our economy is in danger” unless a financial bailout package was approved. On September 29, 2008, House Republicans triggered the largest stock market collapse in history when they voted against their own President’s bailout plan. Why, with the nation … Continue reading

40th Anniversary of Watergate Impeachment Vote, How Times Have Changed
Impeachment / Republican Party

40th Anniversary of Watergate Impeachment Vote, How Times Have Changed

40th Anniversary of Vote on Articles of Impeachment Today is the 40th anniversary of the vote on the First Articles of Impeachment against President Nixon which charged that In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President … Continue reading

Responding to the Tea Party’s Secession By Other Means
Barack Obama / Congressional Republicans / Fiscal Cliff / Global Warming / Government Shutdown / Radicalism / Republican Congress / Republican Party / Unions

Responding to the Tea Party’s Secession By Other Means

Responding to the Tea Party’s Secession By Other Means October 13, 2013 DU Link In considering the root of the current divide that has led to the government shut down, I am reminded of a 1994 visit I made to a German refugee center where immigrants from the former Soviet bloc with some minimal German … Continue reading

Republicans Are Losing the Post Election
2008 Election / 2012 Election / Congressional Republicans / Obama Administration / Racism / Radicalism / Republican Congress / Republican Obstructionism / Teabaggers

Republicans Are Losing the Post Election

Republicans Are Losing The Post Election February 17, 2013 For a political party, there is nothing good about losing an election. At the same time, there is little utility in the second kick of a mule, so how a party responds to a loss can be as important as how it waged the election in … Continue reading

Return of the Kamikaze Congress (HuffPost)
2012 Election / Budget Cuts / Fiscal Cliff / Republican Congress / Republican Obstructionism / Republican Party / Teabaggers

Return of the Kamikaze Congress (HuffPost)

Return of the Kamikaze Congress Dec. 29, 2012 Comment on Site http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bennet-kelley/return-of-the-kamikaze-co_b_2374656.html The Miami Herald responded to House Republicans’ intransigence by noting “[p]artisanship and precipice met in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, and the Republican majority leapt into the abyss.” Similarly, the Detroit Free Press explained that the vote was a victory only for … Continue reading

Romney and the Calamitous Republicans
2012 Election / Mitt Romney / Radicalism / Republican Congress / Republican Obstructionism / Voter Suppression

Romney and the Calamitous Republicans

Romney and the Calamitous Republicans Democratic Underground September 24, 2012 The media is abuzz over what appears to be the implosion of the Romney campaign, with leading Republicans offering scathing “pre-eulogies” such as Peggy Noonan’s statement that the Romney campaign is a “rolling calamity”. Such a focus on the individual candidate’s tactical ineptitude obscures the … Continue reading