“Republicans say they’ll get you as far as your employer’s door, while Democrats want to walk inside with you” is the fairest thing any liberal’s written about a Republican since Eisenhower died, and Paul Waldman‘s dissection of the details in the president’s executive decision to raise the income necessary to quality for overtime hours is… More Fairness, etc
After the tumult of the last six days, South Carolinian legislators demonstrated their commitment to upturning year of pandering: “On the face, it might seem like a really difficult decision,” said one local Republican operative involved in meetings over the past several days with the governor who asked for anonymity to speak openly. “But, really,… More The “sensitive issue”
Those who call themselves independents or non-partisan, motivated by the thrill of feeling courted, should understand that the 2016 presidential election would mean a winner and a loser, which means genuine differences separate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Rubio Cruz. If Democrats want to campaign on shorthand, the “Ryan budget” works. Jonathan Chait, on occasion… More ‘The enormous implications’ of the Ryan budget
Frustrated by failing to changethe mission of the state university system a couple months ago, Koch brothers proxy Scott Walker looks at tenure. More than look at it, in fact — he wants to eliminate it. The defense? Walker and Republican backers defend his higher education proposal as empowering university leaders to be more like… More The value of social protest
The GOP boast no less than a dozen declared and undeclared candidates. It may grow to thirty-seven. Chris Lehmann shakes his head, as well he might. “Of the dozen or so people who have declared or are thought likely to declare, every one can be described as a full-blown adult failure, ” Lehmann writes. “These… More Life in these United States
Considering that it exists as a place to mark dust on the tables in optometrists’ waiting rooms, Newsweek deserves a pat for publishing this account of how Timothy McVeigh has become the GOP’s unofficial poster boy: Legislators in dozens of states have submitted proposals to nullify or block federal laws—a longtime goal of militias. These… More Hayek, Rand, von Mises…McVeigh
Paul Waldman on the hilarity of Lindsey Graham’s presidential bid: You thought George W. Bush liked to play on Americans’ fears to justify military action? Well that was nothing. Lindsey Graham has never met a foreign policy challenge that didn’t terrify him down to the marrow of his bones. Let the other candidates treat voters… More What’s under the bed?
The first speaker of the House who wasn’t a name on the 6:30 news was Tom Foley. During State of the Union addresses I wasn’t sure whether he or George H.W. Bush looked more bored. I remember the homo rumors floated. As Dennis Hastert’s past become more clear, Digby posts a Foley-related story that shows… More What oppo research looks like
Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson have written an invaluable article for The American Propect explaining how the GOP gets rewarded for appalling behavior despite shutdowns, a deviance between its social positions and the voting public’s, odious rhetoric, and bullying: In a parliamentary system, legislative majorities govern, and those majorities are accountable for the results. Voters… More Spirals of silence
For the “no shit” file: In 2009, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation donated over $23 million to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, a five-year experimental program that offered low-income teenage girls and young women in the state long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)—IUDs or hormonal implants—at no cost. These devices, which require no further action once inserted… More Too efficient birth control
And this is the direction towards which the Iraq War questions have inched in recent days: The rapid move to shift responsibility is at the core of the GOP’s plan to define 2016 as a foreign-policy election. Anxious about demographic trends and the leftward drift of the electorate on social issues, many Republicans hope to… More GOP and Iraq: it has ‘pushed the pendulum of blame in Obama’s direction’
For the “Who Knew?” file, here’s the Nebraska legislature, comprised of an adamantine GOP majority, voting to abolish the death penalty: The vote margin in the unicameral Legislature was more than enough to override a promised veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts, a supporter of capital punishment. Ricketts, a Republican, said the vote represented a “dark… More Go, Nebraska!