The GOP’s War on America: From the Reagan Revolution to the Hijacking of American Government
2016 Election / Confederacy / Congressional Republicans / donald trump / GOP Power Grab / Racism / Republican Congress / Republican Obstructionism / Republican Party / Russia / Tax Cut Dogma / Tax Cuts / Trump Administration

The GOP’s War on America: From the Reagan Revolution to the Hijacking of American Government

The GOP’s War on America: From the Reagan Revolution to the Hijacking of American Government The election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 was a turning point in our history and brought into government a phalanx of ideological conservatives. Reagan’s foot soldiers would be the Generals in the Gingrich Revolution a decade later, as Republicans took … 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

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

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

Mitt Romney: The “Us the People” Candidate (HuffPost)
2012 Election / Congressional Republicans / Election Reform / Mitt Romney / Republican Obstructionism / Republican Party

Mitt Romney: The “Us the People” Candidate (HuffPost)

July 17, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bennet-kelley/mitt-romney-the-us-the-pe_b_1675699.html Mitt Romney: The “Us the People” Candidate Our national charter begins with three important words — “We the People.” These words were on my mind on Independence Day as I toured Berlin, a city where the echoes of history surround you. It is a history of America at its best, in … Continue reading

Latest KelleyGram – S&P Downgrade and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom
Budget Cuts / KelleyGram / Republican Obstructionism / Teabaggers

Latest KelleyGram – S&P Downgrade and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom

The S&P Downgrade and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom August 15, 2011 IN ITS CONTROVERSIAL DECISION  to downgrade U.S. bonds, Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) embraced the “conventional wisdom” calling for substantial cuts in government spending.  Conventional wisdom, however, usually is more of a reflection of prevailing dogma than actual wisdom and, in the words of John … Continue reading

2010 Elections / Health Care Reform / Racism / Republican Obstructionism / Right Wing Violence / Teabaggers / Terrorism

America’s Year of Living Dangerously

Only two years ago, John McCain refused to allow his campaign to be a platform for bigotry by telling supporters that then-Senator Obama was “a decent family man” who they need not fear as president. Now it is time for House Minority Leader Boehner to back away from his “Armageddon” fear mongering and tell us who most represents American values – Gabby Giffords or a terrorist? Who should we be most proud of, civil rights hero John Lewis or the tea bag protester who called him a “nigger”? It is not enough for Boehner to say these actions are wrong, if he leaves unchecked the hatred his party so diligently pollinated. Continue reading

2010 Elections / Republican Congress / Republican Obstructionism / Supply-Side Economics / Tax Cut Dogma

Stonewall Shelby and the Party of “NO”

Stonewall Shelby and the Party of “NO” February 7, 2010 As Washington is paralyzed by the “snowpocalypse,” images of the city’s majestic monuments in a sea of white snow bring back fond memories of my years there. Eventually Mother Nature or the D.C. government will clear away the snow, but even then Washington will remain … Continue reading

Republican Obstructionism / Right Wing Lie Machine

“Build, Baby, Build”: How Dems Can Counter GOP Lies and Restore Political Debate

Democrats have to respond to “Gingrich speak” by calling it for what it truly is; — propaganda, lies and an attempt to deliberately mislead the American people (something I did on the air in stepping down from what had become a decidedly slanted radio show). In addition, Democrats should heed the words of another former House Speaker — Sam Rayburn — who once said that “a jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” Continue reading

Congressional Republicans / Health Care Reform / Judge Sotomayor / Republican Obstructionism / Stimulus Package

The GOP’s Road to Perdition

Unlike 1994, today’s GOP is on the road to perdition not revival. After five months, the Congressional Republicans have been out of step with the public on every major issue. Blocking Obama’s health plan may lead to a backlash that only accelerates the party’s descent, and come November, Democrats will “reward” them handsomely for their generosity.
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