Republicans Taking Us All Down

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Richard Mathews: Republicans have decided it is OK to destroy our country, bringing it to a standstill, in order to get what they want. This is wrong.

Bachmann’s Retirement: Death Blow to the 1850s

Michele Bachmann at the World War II Memorial days after voting to shut it down.

Tina Dupuy: The tea party wasn’t the first time anti-change, anti-foreigner feelings have translated into anti-partisan, anti-establishment, anti-politician demands. It probably won’t be the last.

O’Neill-Reagan Relationship No Model for Effective Governance

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Randy Shaw: Chris Mathews describes Tip O’Neill as a tough Irish politician, but the genuinely nice Boston backroom dealer proved no match for a former Hollywood actor who was only sincere when helping the wealthy and demonizing the poor.

Worst Possible Time to Repeat 1995

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Joe Palermo: What remains eerily similar to the 1995 Republican shutdown is the arrogance, ignorance, lies and distortions the Far Right perpetrates against the American people.

Republicans Win Standoff, Shoot Hostages Anyway

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RJ Eskow: Even some other Republicans were appalled. One House member, mixing metaphors as effortlessly as his peers mix martinis, described his fellow Republicans as “lemmings with suicide vests.”

Debt Ceiling: Obama’s Nuclear Option?

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John Peeler: If President Obama defers to Congress and accepts a default on the debt, with its attendant catastrophic economic consequences, he would be a party to Congress’ violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Memo to GOP: A Gun to the Head Is Not a Negotiation

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Julie Driscoll: It’s quite a puzzle, why Republicans (largely House Republi-crazies) – who were crushed, humiliated and the big losers in the last two elections – seem to think they can bully, threaten and harass in order to dictate, direct and determine the course of our economy.

Wheels Coming Off GOP Wagon

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Julie Driscoll: America doesn’t negotiate with terrorists – which is exactly why President Obama is spot on when he said that he won’t negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling.

Obama Saving Boehner’s Bacon?

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Barack Obama: Instead of doubling down on marginalizing Boehner’s unreasonableness to secure a House vote on immigration reform, the President threw him a life raft — and emboldened GOP House opposition to all of Obama’s domestic priorities.

Litterbugs: Polluting Political Discourse

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Steve Hochstadt: We can discourage political littering by naming the litterbugs and choosing not to follow their example. Set an example for others; make positive contributions to our political community.

Tom Corbett’s Sizzle Has Fizzled

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Walter Brasch: There is a lot that Tom Corbett could have done to improve his popularity. But, what he did was to shuffle his top advisors and change his public relations staff, a couple of whom went directly into PR agencies, where they represent the oil and gas industry.

Will New York City Finally Elect a Progressive Mayor?

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Randy Shaw: Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” campaign message has resonated with voters upset by the city’s steadily growing wealth inequality and staggeringly high cost of living.

Why Obama’s March on Washington Speech Was a Letdown

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David Love: Obama squandered a unique opportunity to demonstrate some leadership on civil rights, to articulate King’s message and honestly assess how far we have fallen short, and to identify those who stand in the way of justice and equality.

Hurricane Katrina: It’s Obama’s Fault, by George

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Walter and Rosemary Brasch: Almost one-third of Louisiana Republicans blame President Obama for the slow and largely ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast three years before he became president.

Republican Impeachment Dreams

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Julie Driscoll: We’re witnessing much wailing, moaning, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth from the more insane of the right-wingers over what they deem (in their dreams) President Obama’s “impeachable offenses.”

Dragons, and Kleagles, and Kludds, Oh My!

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John MacMurray: Perhaps the public disrespect to President Obama shown by these Orange County Republicans goes deeper than mere juvenile humor, or just a sour grapes attitude over losing two Presidential elections to him.

The Democrats’ Southern Strategy

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Ted Vaill: The strategy: Do everything to facilitate the self-destruction of the Guns Over People party over the next three years or so.

Rand Paul’s Love Affair with Friedrich Hayek

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Tom Hall: Regardless of whether Rand Paul is as much an East Texas racist cracker as his old man is, both father and son worship at the temple of Friedrich Hayek.

Dwindling Shelf Life of Right-Wing Extremism

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Julie Driscoll: Here we are, almost halfway through President Obama’s second term, and the tea party has pivoted, turning its slashing claws toward the GOP and losing ground.

Is Matt Damon Right?

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Brent Budowsky: When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama “broke up with me,” he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.

Who Can Save San Diego?

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Joe Mathews: America’s Finest City, which has been facing off-and-on scandal, gridlock, and mismanagement for 20 years, remains desperately in need of better management.

Why Republicans Are Disciplined and Democrats Aren’t

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Rob Reich: People who don’t much like authority, recoil from orders, don’t believe in clear answers, often disobey commands, and prefer things a bit undefined, tend to gravitate to the Democrats.

Was This Harry Reid’s Finest Hour?

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Brent Budowsky: The necessary brinkmanship of recent days was Reid’s finest hour as majority leader, and the agreements that resulted might ultimately be viewed as a major inflection point in the way official Washington conducts itself.

Something Rotten in Sacramento

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Randy Shaw: Despite veto-proof Democratic majorities, the California Legislature is as dominated by, and beholden to, big money interests as ever before, leaving even long-protected programs for the poor like Lifeline phone service now open to attack.

Filibuster Fight About Core Values — And It’s Not Over

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RJ Eskow: We don’t need Democratic Senators who pal up to Republicans and corporations. We need senators who stand up to them.

Time to Call a Satan a Satan?

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Peter Laarman: The radical Republicans in Washington and in many statehouses want to further punish and distress the poor; they want to enshrine prejudice and discrimination; they want to shred human and civil rights that are currently secured by law.

Wendy Davis + Julian Castro + Hillary Clinton = Texas Blue

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Brent Budowsky: If Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) runs for governor in 2014 and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D) runs for United States senator in 2014 and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, you read it here first: Texas goes blue in either 2014 or 2016.

Pink Sneakers Cushion a Will for Women’s Rights

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Walter and Rosemary Brasch: State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat and a 50-year-old Harvard graduate lawyer, put on a pair of comfortable pink sneakers this week, and talked for more than 11 hours to block an oppressive Republican-sponsored bill to kill almost all of the state’s medical abortion clinics and impose their governmental will upon all women.

‘Idiot America’

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Berry Craig: All that matters to Rick Perry’s people is that politicians have “common sense” on issues like what one of my union buddies calls “the Four Gs – God (love), guns (love), gays (not love) and government (not love, except for the military).”

Why Republicans Can’t Learn

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Robert Reich: The real answer is the Republican base is far more entrenched, institutionally, than was the old Democratic base.

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