Dorothy Barkley: Sen. McConnell You’re No Alben Barkley

Mitch McConnell Falls Short

-+*Berry Craig: McConnell is a conservative whose bane is “big government.” Barkley didn’t duck the liberal label. He ardently supported FDR’s Depression-fighting New Deal program of massive federal action to put people back to work and to boost the economy.

Same Old, Same Old

Dick Cheney Draft Dodger

-+*Murray Polner: Never underestimate Cheney. He’s a shrewd survivor. His vision of an America strong enough to police the world and take on all comers still commands extensive support.

Please Politicize Ebola

Politicizing Ebola

-+*Tina Dupuy: We should politicize Ebola because the outbreak is a perfect example of why government dysfunction is needlessly hazardous to our health.

A Frightening Cruise Through Ted Cruz’s Head

crazy ted cruz

-+*Jim Hightower: The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of Ted’s Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it should be titled the “Exxon Mobil Relief Act.”

‘Vote, Baby, Vote!’

voter registration drive

-+*Berry Craig: Indeed. The Republicans’ bogus claim that their voter laws are aimed at stopping “voter fraud” reminds me of the old white supremacist Southern Democrats who vowed that their blatantly racist Jim Crow voter suppression and segregation laws were based on “states’ rights.”

Bill More Popular than Barack? Really?

Bill and Barack

-+*Randy Shaw: Clinton is more popular among all voters because he is a Southern, white “good old boy” to Obama’s urban African American. Clinton was also a far more conservative President than Obama, whose politics have never won favor with “moderate” white voters and a traditional media that was a lap dog for the right-wing George W. Bush.

As Congress Adjourns, GOP Declares “Omission Accomplished”

GOP Congress Adjourns

-+*Richard Eskow: Our long national nightmare is over – for the moment. Congress has adjourned for summer recess after a session that can safely be described as “historic,” both for its historic lack of accomplishment and the historically low regard in which it is now held by the public.

Who, and What, the Tea Party Likes

tea party platform

-+*Steve Hochstadt: The tea party is nothing like their namesakes. They do not believe that all men have inalienable rights. Only they have the right to say what is right.

Deciding Winners at the Spending Game

Government Spending

-+*Nick Capo: This country would be better served if we focused less on beating the other side(s) or achieving total victory and more on explaining what we support and why we support it.