Brent Budowsky: The Republican Party tends to define itself almost exclusively by the political opponents it obsessively despises and government policies it compulsively obstructs.
Some argue that there has never been a time in American history when there was a greater divide between the two major political parties. Certainly since the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2008 there has been an unprecedented lack of cooperation between the two sides. The articles on this page give some insight into the bones of contention the GOP has raised to justify the positions they've taken since the swearing in of President Barack Obama.
President Chris Christie — The George Washington Bridge scandal is just a smaller version of the Washington GOP’s government shutdown.
Chris Christie Scandal — If the media scrutinizes Christie’s track record, they’ll find that Christie is a reckless right-winger.
Mia Love — It is expected that this black woman would counter the narrative of the Republican Party as a whites-only club.
Jim Hightower: Pandering at all costs to the tea party fringe that dominates Republican elections, state lawmakers won’t let go of this demonstrably-bad idea of trying to humiliate people in need of a helping hand.
Berry Craig: Lately, Walker has been boosting his political profile by hustling his new book in which he brags on his union-busting. Some folks wonder if he’s really testing the waters for a presidential run.
Tom Degan: Poor old Lindsey obviously doesn’t have much of a stomach for non-fiction these days. That seems to be a chronic state as far as the right wing is concerned.
Steve Hochstadt: So why does the right wing hate institutions of higher education? One reason is that many courses deal with subjects that make extreme conservatives uncomfortable. Biologists teach evolution, not creationism. Scientists believe that global warming is caused by human action. Men and women are treated equally in the content of our courses.
David Love: The blocking of Rep. Watt speaks volumes about Republican opposition to President Obama.
Jim Hightower: I know you don’t have to be smart or logical to be in Congress, but surely a lawmaker ought to be more tightly-wrapped than this bunch.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The change in the political culture that gave birth to the likes of Ted Cruz comes down to one man: Tom DeLay. And now Cruz is enjoying the fruits of DeLay’s labor.
Richard Striner The shutdown has given Americans enough of a foretaste to see the Republicans as they are: deluded.
Julie Driscoll: if Republicans truly think Obamacare is going to end life as we know it, one would think they’d be truly happy to “own” this shutdown which was the ostensible reason they shut down the government to begin with.