Molly Ball offers the GOP some GOOD ADVICE:
The party is in desperate straits. It has lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections. It consoles itself with a majority in Congress, but even there its ranks are dwindling. On nearly every issue of national significance—from social affairs to fiscal matters to foreign policy—its positions are increasingly out of step with those of the majority of Americans. Riven by factions, it sometimes seems more like a collection of squabbling interest groups than a coherent political entity. People have started muttering that it might become merely a regional ...
Check HERE for evidence of how Texas Gov. Rick Perry and nine other right-wingers have vented over news that the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council has voted to lift the organization’s ban on openly gay youths....
HERE‘s a novel theory, if there ever was one:
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Thursday that President Obama would not be president if it weren’t for the 1986 amnesty bill that Ronald Reagan signed into law.
King is a leading GOP critic of efforts to pass an immigration reform bill, and has often said on the House floor that Republicans are overreacting to the 2012 election, which some Republicans saw as a sign that the GOP needs to get behind a reform bill.
In an effort to dissuade Republicans, King argued that the 1986 immigration bill that Reagan signed ...
Jonathan Chait NAILS IT:
The Internal Revenue Service scandal remains alive and well as an agency screwup story. But agency screwup stories, even ones centering on the agency Republicans most despise and deliberately hobble, have limited political utility. What Republicans want is for the IRS story to be an Obama scandal. And as an Obama scandal, the IRS story is quickly following the same trajectory as the Benghazi story: a fever swamp obsession, in which understanding the fundamentally sinister character of the Obama administration is the predicate for interpreting all information or lack thereof, and the term becomes a...
One would think that the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee would know what it means to “pack” a court.
But, in the case of Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, one would be wrong.
“Court-packing” is a term that dates back to the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, and it refers to expanding, or trying to expand, the number of seats on a given court for political reasons.
A president who merely nominates candidates of his own philosophical persuasion to fill vacancies on a certain court is not resorting to court-packing. He’s just doing what presidents always do.
Anyone who chides the insufferable Peggy Noonan as effectively as THIS is all right in my book. (Note: be sure to watch the video.)
Recently, the IRS has admitted to subjecting Tea Party groups to scrutiny. In fact, for the past few weeks the Obama Administration has been standing “crotch deep in the scandal swamp,” said Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.
Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter, is the perfect example of what it is to live in the conservative bubble. She recently said that the scandals “make a cluster that implies very bad things…This IRS thing is something I’ve ...
The question in the headline above is one the right-wing conspiratorialists seem never to ask themselves.
Who blew the whistle on the IRS?
Was it investigative reporters from the mainstream media, as was the case with the Watergate scandal? No.
Was it Fox News or any other conservative news outlet? No.
Was it some member of Congress? No.
Was it some Republican activist? No.
Was it some conscience-stricken leaker at the White House? No.
So who did it?
Answer: The IRS did it.
The inspector general of the IRS had quietly investigated evidence of the targeting of conservative groups, and ...
Pope Francis rocked some religious and atheist minds today when he declared that everyone was redeemed through Jesus, including atheists…
Using scripture from the Gospel of Mark, Francis explained how upset Jesus’ disciples were that someone outside their group was doing good, according to a report from Vatican Radio:
“They complain,” the Pope said in his homily, because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do ...
Glenn Beck, the clown prince of right-wing politics, thinks he’s UNCOVERED A SCANDAL at CNN:
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck says that “forces of spiritual darkness” at CNN arranged to have Wolf Blitzer ask an atheist tornado survivor if she thanked the Lord as a plot to promote atheism.
At the conclusion of his Tuesday interview with Rebecca Vitsmun, Blitzer told the woman who lost all of her worldly possessions that “you gotta thank the Lord, right? Do you thank the Lord?”
“I’m actually an atheist,” Vitsmun politely replied, adding, “I don’t blame anybody for thanking the Lord.”
During Wednesday’s ...
Greg Sargent NAILS IT:
Republicans are working overtime to connect the IRS scandal to President Obama. Theoretically, this task should be made more difficult by the lack of evidence of any such connection. In practice, it’s not dissuading Republicans in the slightest from drawing that link. John Boehner [above] claims it is “inconceivable” that Obama didn’t know about the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
In that context, don’t miss today’s big Post piece documenting the behind-the-scene moves by the Obama administration as it dealt with the news of the impending inspector general’s audit. The piece reports that White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, having learned of ...