Joseph Palermo: A lot of the anger we’re seeing from voters who are drawn to Trump has its roots in the 2008 Great Recession where our political leaders gave about $800 billion to the biggest banks that brought the economy down and asked for nothing in return.
Yohuru Williams: The likes of Scott Walker and Chris Christie continue battering into the side of teachers unions in defense of high-stakes testing but the real dragon at the door in the form of the assault on American democracy goes unchecked.
Larry Wines: It’s getting so you need a program to tell the broke red state’s governors apart. Here’s today’s handicapping of the race.
President Chris Christie — The George Washington Bridge scandal is just a smaller version of the Washington GOP’s government shutdown.
West Virginia Oil Spill — The Brothers Koch have put out $30 million to convince us that their coal and petroleum processing doesn’t really hurt the environment.
Chris Christie Scandal — If the media scrutinizes Christie’s track record, they’ll find that Christie is a reckless right-winger.
Chris Christie Bridgegate — It is way too early to tell if Bridgegate is another Watergate. Yet parallels between the two scandals are there.
Jim Hightower: Christie’s trying to sack up big bucks to finance what he hopes will be a huge re-election victory this November, thus positioning him to go after the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. So he definitely has the will to take tainted money from fat-cat New Jersey contractors who’re forbidden to give it.
Devin Griggs: His presidential hopes dashed by a “kinder, gentler” approach to hot-button social issues, Daniels has now joined the ranks of scab governors Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and Jan Brewer.
Anthony Samad: If the President is the solution to the nation’s problems, then the Tea Party doesn’t want those problems solved. They’ll collapse the country and start over rather than let Obama rebuild it.
Brent Budowsky: Rick Perry’s impersonation of Ron Paul is caused by Perry’s panic while his campaign collapses, while terrified Republicans try to entice the freshman governor and unqualified Chris Christie to enter the race.
Tom Degan: I’m still hoping against hope that Rick and Michele will be able to get their respective acts together. I want one of them to get the nomination so bad I can almost taste it.
Brent Budowsky: The political media has become a national freak show that moves from one flavor of the month to the next, without seriously addressing the things that voters care deeply about. Like jobs, wars, mortgages and poverty.