Lance Simmens: Howard Baker was not averse to partisan politics, it would be naïve to suggest otherwise, but in the formative years that I spent in Washington, DC and the halls of Congress it was accepted that compromise and civility would ultimately triumph and keep the engine of progress moving forward.
Lance Simmens: She simply said she was not satisfied with the speech that she had rehearsed and decided to do her own. She struck me as that way, always doing things on her own terms.
Lance Simmens: Attempts by O’Keefe and his cohorts to skew the nature of the conversations via selective editing are preempted by the fact that the entire conversation was captured by Fox as a defensive effort to protect his integrity. In this case, the punkers were punk’d.
Lance Simmens: Unless we find our soul in the conviction that our institutions of government and governance play a major role in this quest we will find ourselves adrift in a society where increasingly it will be every person fending for themselves.
Lance Simmens: The levels of inequality, injustice, unintended results, hypocrisy, and brutality that our children witness on a daily basis contributes to a sense of hopelessness and fatalism that I believe is both justified and heartbreaking.
Lance Simmens: Whether they can be characterized as secessionists, survivalists, anarchists, or just plain outlaws this increasingly virulent anti-American tenor that occurs with more and more frequency should be seen as a warning signal of a system that is severely being tested and questioned as to its relevancy and effectiveness.
Lance Simmens: With the blunt force obstructionism of ultra-right conservative politics and a nearly total breakdown in comity and civility comes a disturbing brand of hubris from the right that sounds more like sour grapes than sober analysis.
Lance Simmens: Ultra-conservative orthodoxy and its deep penetration into our political system have weakened the country more than any perceived Obama “weakness.”
It is absurdly ironic that Chairman Darrell Issa’s committee is technically identified as one devoted to government reform.
Chris Christie Bully: Christie makes a mockery of the tough guy branding he has so assiduously cultivated during his political career.
State of the Union 2014 — There is never a time for capitulation; I cannot help but feel that the lack of a boldness evinces resignation.
TPP Negotiations — We are staring at a repeat of a failed and flawed economic experiment that will result in further loss of jobs,.
Obama Climate Change — Use your considerable oratory skills to outline a bold, ambitious, and radical redirection.