The Select Committee on Getting Hillary


UNITED STATES - JULY 31: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks with the media on the East Front of the Capitol after a vote in the House, July 31, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

UNITED STATES – JULY 31: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks with the media on the East Front of the Capitol after a vote in the House, July 31, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As we wait for Hillary Clinton to testify before the Benghazi! Committee, it’s worth this long read to see just how, precisely, this “investigation” is a gigantic steaming pile of horseshit.

UPDATE: Some more reasons why the Benghazi! Committee is not only bad, it’s potentially harmful long term to the tradition of Congressional oversight

Published in: on October 22, 2015 at 7:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Asshole Caucus



Good and fairly objective article on the secretive House Freedom Caucus. It makes the excellent point that the rift between this faction and “The Establishment” has less to do with ideology than tactics. The HFC is perfectly willing to cause the entire Federal government to grind to a halt, or wreck the economy, just to make a political point. Unlike, say, John Boehner, they either think the majority of Americans will applaud this or (equally  likely) they just don’t care.

Published in: on October 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Denial Ain’t Just A River in Egypt

Hard to argue with this article. If the Republicans are in danger of becoming the party that can’t win the White House (having lost the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 elections), the Democrats are in danger of becoming the party that can’t win Congress (losing all but 3 Congressional elections in the same period, 4 if you count near-control of the Senate). In other words, a recipe for further gridlock. That being said, it’s QUITE as dire as Vox makes it out: the Republicans are barely in control of all or part of the legislatures in several of these states (Colorado, New Mexico and New York, for example) and presidential level turnout should help in states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio. Still, it’s hard to escape the comparison to the post Civil War era, where Democrats were locked out of the White House (with the sole exception of Grover Cleveland) for decades, but were still competitive in Congress and state legislatures both in the North and the South.

Published in: on October 19, 2015 at 10:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Reality Bites

I like Bernie Sanders. A lot. He’s blunt, honest, incorruptible, and utterly sincere.

But he’s not going to win.

And if he did win, nothing would change. The change he wants, and which I very much agree the country desperately needs, is not going to happen in the post-Citizens United era. Not. Going. To. Happen.

The only way any fundamental change will come is if a new Supreme Court abolishes the plutocracy it created. There isn’t going to be a Constitutional Amendment fix in our lifetimes. It would never pass Congress, not a chance. And the only way to get a new SCOTUS is to nominate someone who can not only win, not only carry the senate, but who has the arm-twisting realpolitik outlook it takes to get results, shorn of any sentimentality or wishful thinking. The only person who has a chance of doing that is Hillary.

Published in: on October 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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John Wayne Galt

Entire books could be written about the repulsive philosophy of Ayn Rand: racist, virulently anti-Christian, cultish. I never seek to be astonished at the number of self-proclaimed “conservative Christians” who claim to support her views, indicating they’ve likely never read her works or the Bible. Here are some excerpts of particularly  vile comments she made before the West Point Graduating class of 1974, defending among other things slavery and the genocide of Native Americans. She also parrots what is now a standard  bizarre Right Wing trope: liberals are the REAL racists for accusing people of racism.

Published in: on October 17, 2015 at 11:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Why I’m Voting for Hillary

Perfectly reasoned article and absolutely correct in just about every way. Absent a political miracle of Biblical proportions, Republicans will control the House after the 2016 elections. Chances are good, they’ll control it until after the 2020 redistricting. And chances are good it will be the Monster Raving Loony wing driving the clown car. In such a scenario, you don’t need a dreamer; you need a tough political infighter with a short shiv. You need someone who knows “bipartisanship ” is saying “nice doggy” while you reach behind you for a rock. That’s why I supported Hillary in 2008; unlike Obama, she had no naive illusions that Republicans were interested in anything besides epic obstructionism. Right after his election, Obama made it clear that he wouldn’t kick a man when he’s down; Hillary knows the BEST time to kick a man is when he’s down. Kick him in the balls hard enough and he won’t get back up. That’s how you do politics.

Would I prefer an actual liberal like Bernie to yet another Democratic Leisure Class, “free” trade Wall Street coddler? Hell yes! But this is politics, the art of the possible. Maybe that’s not a very hopeful or even flattering reason to support a candidate but hey, times are tough all over.

Published in: on October 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Or The Modern Prometheus 

Norm Ornstein on how the Republican Party planted the seeds of its own destruction. Decades of hyperbolic neo-anarchist rhetoric have resulted in the election of a “Burn Baby Burn” Caucus for whom the very concept of governance or compromise is anathema. You reap what you sow.

Published in: on October 13, 2015 at 6:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

We Are Your Overlords

How 158 families own America.

So, how’s that whole “democracy” thing working out for you?

Published in: on October 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

You’re Not Poor Enough Yet

Good article from Lawyers, Guns & Money about relative poverty and the smarmy arrogance of neo-liberal Free Trade Warriors. Once upon a time, we had at least one political party that would at least pretend to give a shit about poor people in America and the dismemberment of our economy.

Published in: on October 11, 2015 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Everything You Need to Know About the Implosion of the House…

but were afraid to ask.

Published in: on October 11, 2015 at 11:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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