Conservatives have been winning at the Supreme Court for years now and they are likely to win even more this term. So why do they keep whining about it? Couple reasons: first, as noted elsewhere, many Conservatives live in a fantasy world where anything less than 100% success 100% of the time equals apocalyptic failure. Second, the Dolchstoßlegende perfectly serves the whiny perpetual victim narrative that drives the modern Conservative movement.
Good article. The forced resignation of John Boehner is just the latest sign that a significant portion of the Republic Party has completely and utterly divorced itself from any kind of political reality. Normally, I’d say “good riddance ” but thanks to political gerrymandering we are likely struck with an increasingly insane Republican House majority until 2022.
Good article on how adrift the Christian Social Conservative movement has become in recent years, how irrelevant to the national debate, and how even more easily manipulated by Republican candidates. I know a lot of Christian conservatives, most of them are good, sincere people and I feel genuinely sad to see them fleeced over and over again by tele-Pharisee mega-preachers and the GOP.
By any conventional analysis, Texas should be ground zero for the 2016 presidential election, the most important swing state in the Union. Instead, we’re not even a footnote, a best a political ATM for raising funds. Why? A good long read from The Texas Observer tells you: overwhelming voter apathy, especially among Hispanics, due in no small part to Democratic political ineptitude.
Lawyers, Guns & Money on Boehner’s political obituary and why there’s really nothing to be sorry about.
I expect we’re in for a bench-clearing brawl and either a Tea Party lunatic as speaker or an establishment Republican who can only hold power with Democratic votes. Personally, I’d like to see the Tea Party lunatic. Just in time for the party to look even more irresponsible before the presidential election. As much fun as we made of Boehner, he was actually interested in governing; the bomb-thrower who likely replaces him will only want to see the Capitol Building burn to the ground.
Texas’ efforts to further brutalize sick children is (at least temporarily) blocked.
Ted Cruz goes on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, looks like a moron. Film at eleven.