Paxton Agonistes

Good article from The Texas Observer on Ken Paxton as the symptom but not the disease infecting Texas politics. We have no civic culture anymore. We’re like a former Soviet Republic or recently independent Third World colony. We had the worst voter turnout in the country in 2014. In fact, we are at or near dead last by every measurement of civic engagement. Put simply, Texans don’t give a shit. As a result, our corrupt elections are dominated by a small cadre of fanatics and produce ethical eunuchs like Ken Paxton.

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Published in: on September 1, 2015 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Another One Bites The Dust

Hard to summon up much sympathy for Eric Cantor, the smarmy little prick.

Also hard to disagree with this analysis about what his defeat means in the larger political context, especially the night sweats John Boehner must be experiencing right about now. He has to be asking himself, “Is this shit really worth it anymore?”

Published in: on June 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It Sucks To Be Boehner

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John Boehner has, for all intents and purposes, been deposed by Ted Cruz as Speaker of the House in a (so far) bloodless coup. The Lunatic Fringe caucus of his party takes its orders from Cruz, leaving him powerless to extricate himself from the shutdown debacle Cruz got him into in the first place, even though he clearly has the votes to end this. How crazy is the Lunatic Fringe Caucus, you may ask? Crazy enough that even Grover “Drown the government in the bathtub” Norquist thinks they’re crazy. Uncharacteristically, Obama and the Democrats are standing firm and Republicans are taking huge hits in the polls. You have to work pretty hard at it to get a 10% approval rating. What’s the solution? If this trainwreck continues for a month, Democrats and a few sane Republicans can force a vote through a discharge petition, which will also likely be the final nail in the coffin of the Boehner speakership. It could also provide momentum for Democrats to retake the House, though they still have a high hurdle to overcome thanks to gerrymandering. Unless something changes dramatically, this seems like the most likely scenario to me.

 

Everyone Hates Ted Cruz, Part 2

Even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) hates Ted Cruz (Tea Party-Ontario). This, combined with the incredible unpopularity of Cruz’s kamikaze strategy, indicates to me that’s he’s EXACTLY the sort of bold leadership Republicans need to nominate in 2016.

 

UPDATE: Ted Cruz has now officially snatched the Krazy Krown from Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). And let me tell you something, you’ve got to be working pretty damned hard to be crazier than Tom Coburn…

Reality Bites

Very good article from the conservative press by former Reagan official Bruce Bartlett on why Republicans lost and are likely to keep losing. Spoiler alert: it’s because the inmates are running the asylum.

Published in: on November 29, 2012 at 10:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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GREAT Night for the Tea Party

Allen West defeated, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin doom GOP hopes at takings the Senate. Yessiree, great night.

Published in: on November 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Future Is Past

Okay, so about a week out I’ll go ahead and make my long-awaited prediction:  Obama will carry every state he carried in 2008, less Indiana and possibly North Carolina and/or Florida.  Might also be a surprise and take Arizona.  I’ll also predict the Democrats will hold the Senate, and might even add 1 or 2, with the Republicans keeping the House, though I think their margin will be cut considerably.

Having said that, my prediction means (at least) another two years of complete gridlock.  If Obama really believes that his re-election will break the “fever blister” of Republican hysteria and obstinacy, he’s even more naive and narcissistic than I thought.  There are no moderate Republicans; there aren’t even really any sane Republicans left in Congress.  Even if there were, the Tea Party has sufficiently proven its ability to punish those who displease them that they will not take the risk of being seen to “cooperate” with the Muslim Nazi Kenya Usurper in the White House.  A GOP House will continue to refuse even a vote for any of Obama’s second term proposals; GOP Senators will continue to insist that 60 votes are required to conduct any business.  Assuming Romney loses, the Right Wing Howler Monkey Media Chorus will rail that he wasn’t conservative enough and insist on running a complete lunatic in 2016 (potentially good news for Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton).  I wish I was wrong on this, but I don’t think I am.

Attention Republican Women!

Mitt Romney kowtows to Bryan Fischer.  Bryan Fischer thinks you should not be allowed to hold political office.  The Tea Party in Mississippi thinks you shouldn’t even be allowed to vote.  Any questions?

Is the Tea Party Christian?

A much better article than my own ruminations clearly establishes that the answer is “no”.  Neither Ayn Rand’s rancid Objectivism nor warmed-over Glibertarianism, both central (along with eye-rolling paranoia and thinly-veiled racism) to the Tea Party are compatible with Christianity.

Published in: on July 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm  Comments (3)  
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Wes Riddle: Even Worse Than You Thought

From Mother Jones, the perhaps not-that-startling revelation that Wes Riddle is even dumber and more offensive than previously suspected.  My favorite quote from his blog:

‘In April, he penned an 800-word op-ed on thesupremacy of Western Civilization, noting, “Western civilization has produced the height of all civilizations in certain respects, to include literature. As Saul Bellow pointed out a few years ago, there ain’t a Tolstoy of the Zulus or a Proust amongst the Papuans.”‘

Saul Bellow himself said he was talking about the difference between literate and pre-literate societies, not proving that Western (a.k.a., white) civilization is superior to all others.  Something tells me the distinction is lost on Riddle.

Or there’s this winner, from February:

“[I]s another Robert E. Lee or Jeff Davis left anywhere in this unified, chained and tethered house of ours—locked down from the inside out?,” he wondered. “Is there a governor with backbone anywhere in the country to point out and even put an end to . . . (shall I name it? Are you willing to recognize it?). Tyranny.”

Yes, we can only hope there’s someone to start up a bloody armed rebellion against the central government, resulting in the hundreds of thousands of casualties.  What an idiot.

Published in: on July 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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