Hector Villagra: This isn’t about Judge Gorsuch—just as what happened to Judge Garland wasn’t about him—and this isn’t about partisan politics. This is about what we are doing to our own democratic institutions.
RJ Eskow: McConnell is pushing appointees through the nomination process before they’ve even completed the disclosure and review process with the Government Ethics Office (GEO).
Brent Budowsky: With Mitch McConnell telling Senate Republicans it would be OK for them to attack Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP’s nominee, Harry Reid is within reach of enjoying the last laugh of his legislative career and leading Democrats back to control of the Senate.
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.”
Peter Laarman: Just a word about the Next Big Thing: the coming lame duck session and the “fiscal cliff” and the prospect of a not-so-grand bargain in which Democrats will yield yet more ground to Pete Peterson’s baleful “austerity for you but not for me” proposals.
Brent Budowsky: The fighting spirit shown by President Obama in recent days suggests to me, and is confirmed by White House sources, that a defining moment has arrived for the Obama presidency. Great!
Robert Reich: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s compromise on the debt ceiling is a win for the President disguised as a win for Republicans. But it really just kicks the can down the road past the 2012 election – which is what almost every sane politician in Washington wants to happen in any event.
This is a heckuva hangover. More than just the sun dawned on me on the morning after Obama Day. I realized as I woke up following the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States that I’m not sure how to behave anymore. For eight years I’ve felt like a hostage. […]
by Joseph Palermo — Forty-eight years ago, President-Elect John F. Kennedy thought it would be a good idea to show “bipartisanship” and continuity by keeping on Allen Dulles from the previous administration as Director of Central Intelligence. He found out after the Bay of Pigs fiasco of April 1961 that he had made a big […]