Walter Brasch: When I last saw Fishbottom, he was calmer, chatting with a couple of dozen of his Congressional colleagues, not planning to do anything other than convene a hearing that he hoped would lead to the end of recorded music—and an impeachment.
Randy Shaw: President Obama’s second inaugural address struck a populist tone, but the real news for progressives came last Friday when it was announced that Obama’s campaign organization would continue under a new name, Organizing for Action.
Karen Finney: The GOP is attempting to force a pivot from the debt-ceiling conversation they are losing to a revised legislative sequence they think they can win: handling the budget first, then the sequester, rather than incur further damage with threats to shut down the government.
Anthony Samad: “Cliff hanging” allows Republicans to be relevant to the conversation, while at the same time be irrelevant to the solution.
Tina Dupuy: False equivalency benefits the right. A pox on both your houses disengages people from the political process and that helps Republicans. As we’ve seen in the midterms: When fewer people vote, more Republicans get into office.
Brent Budowsky: Christie has a powerful and even Churchillian message for his party that is supported by a huge majority of his constituents and is resonating with a growing number of voters throughout our country.
Randy Shaw: 2013 will lack the excitement of a presidential election year. But it is activism between elections that brings change.
Berry Craig: The well-heeled Rand Paul was not named for Ayn Rand, as has been claimed. But he shares her deep disdain for government programs designed to help the poor, the elderly and the working class.
Johnny Townsend: The Conservative movement is dying. It’s an awful thing for them to experience and it’s awful for us to witness. Perhaps understanding that this is what is actually happening,
John MacMurray: Like their Iron Age counterparts, who tore up every vestige of Roman civilization they could find, seemingly just for the pleasure of doing it, their Tea Party descendants seem to take a perverse delight in obliterating all traces of the Middle Class America so carefully and painfully built since the New Deal.
Happy Holidays to all from the LA Progressive.
Carl Matthes: Our country is entering an exciting era. We all are proud of our President and all of us pledge to do our part to ensure a continuing growth of Liberal and Progressive ideas and policies.
Joeseph Palermo: President Obama and the Democrats’ willingness to accept cuts to Social Security in the form of the gimmicky “chained CPI” right after an election where no candidate for federal office campaigned on it shows that the Right’s long-term project of undoing the New Deal marches on despite the electorate’s wishes.