Caught some glimpses of the CPAC conference, the rousing right-wing Project Runway for aspiring adults who want to tell us what they hope to be when they grow up. It’s an annual spectacle comparable to the Carnival of Venice except that the clowns in this instance are the real-life thing. If you saw Sen. Mitch McConnell in his Charlton Heston mode, waving a long gun to the delight of the crowd, you might see what I mean.
CPAC, in case you’re just checking in, stands for Crazy Party of Anarchy Central, whose members argue that we must be noisily vigilant to [...]Full Story... →
As part of its Draconian efforts to outlaw abortion clinics and all other means of the practice, the Texas legislature is seriously considering several bills to attack the problem at its primitive source. With the support of Gov.Rick Perry, one bill would ban all sexual intercourse except for cattle. A lawmaker from a yet unnamed newly gerrymandered district defended the one exception as a reasonable concession to protect the state’s time-honored reputation as the steak capital of the world.Full Story... →
Well,the mice are roaring again.
Instead of Benghazi, it’s Ukraine. They’ve discovered a new level of hell in which to punish President Obama by demoting him from Tyrant-Dictator-King to the depths of weak, naive pushover in a one-on-one with Putin. It is an irresistible opportunity for the mice to roar as they often do minutes after daybreak when Obama heads for the office.
There was, for example, John McCain, pathetically still trying to stand his ground after his own Arizona Republican Party has censured him for being “too liberal”. Rising before a TV camera with arms flaring, McCain heatedly described the [...]Full Story... →
If you have been trying to follow the tinkering and tampering of voting rights by the Republican hoofbeaters in Columbus these many months, you might have found yourself stumbling along a pothole-filled road in the dead of night. Despite haloed denials by guys like Secretary of State Jon Husted that he has pointedly cooked the voting laws to shrink the turnout of certain voters (read: minority voters) there is no evidence that supports his latest boast that he had done his “utmost to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat”. By the way, that silly notion appeared on one [...]Full Story... →
Supporters of Ed FitzGerald, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, are said to be getting a little restless because Gov. Kasich is hogging all of the news stories and editorials in Ohio’s newspapers this week. Some of are even looking for shockers to grab the attention of the state’s corporate editorial writers. One idea is percolating to the top: Create a 30-second TV spot with Fitz taking up where Kasich once left off. With a police officer at his side, FitzGerald would scowl into the camera and call Kasich an idiot.Full Story... →
Well, we managed to get through the governor’s State of the State speech unscathed in the comfort of our home with nary a word of parting seas. (If you missed his arrival in Medina, I can report that it was in all of the papers, just as he had planned it.)
The pageantry far exceeded the accuracy of Kasich’s assessment of the actual state of the state, which was sort of a spin-off of Voltaire’s Dr. Pangloss, the rosiest soul among fictional characters. It began with the first notice that the governor had chosen the Republican Town of Towns as [...]Full Story... →
It has been a week. On a scale of one-to-ten, the Republican political class has vaporized beyond the vanishing point of zero in the party’s eternal quest to broaden its base. I used to think there was some inscrutably mystical plan to lure millions of voters to their column. Not so. After losing the White House twice in succession, it is apparent that there is no plan. This gang is just a loose collection of inept ideological peacocks in business suits. The past will more than suffice as a demonstration project, if you can stand the pain. In Texas, the [...]Full Story... →
Thrilled by the recent success of awarding 50 lottery-produced tickets to Gov. Kasich’s state of the state speech, Republican insiders are said to be hopeful of applying the same scheme to a voter-repressed pool.
With the pending doom of the so-called Golden Week that would have permitted six additional days for same-day registration and voting (as in 2012), GOP electoral guards reportedly are supporting a lottery that would hand out 100 same-day voting and registration tickets for this year’s election.
An enthusiastic aide to the governor said such a plan would not only be fail-safe but quite likely encourage the [...]Full Story... →
The latest board game of presidential speculation has seen the media conveying Gov. Kasich as a possible GOP favorite at the party convention – two years hence, if you’re marking your calendar. Besides, what else is there to talk about these pent-up cabin-feverish wintry days?
In context, the Buckeye state has long borne the burden of being the Mother of Presidents, eight – seven of whom were natives. That would include three who are among the lowest ranked: Benjamin Harrison, U.S.Grant and Warren Harding.
To land in the White House, Kasich also would have to break a 93-year long dry [...]Full Story... →
The Republican Party has been so hollowed out by the Tea Party that there is now talk that this year’s round of Lincoln Day Dinners will be catered by Papa John’s pizza with a 20 percent discount to millionaires whose unemployment insurance has expired. The company’s right-wing founder, John Schlatter, who appeared on so many TV commercials with Peyton Manning (remember?), is a vibrant supporter of the Koch Brothers.
The plan allegedly being considered is that via the miracle of electronic transmission, Schlatter will be the featured speaker at all of the dinners railing against the Affordable Care Act. [...]Full Story... →
The 2016 presidential media sing-along has now embraced Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose every half-step is being projected as evidence that he might be, would be, could be and – for Heaven’s sake! - should be the GOP’s answer to raise America from the post-Obama ashes as a kind of born-again society. The National Journal recently swung into the speculative Kasich launch, not quite yet with champagne, by quoting one of the guys who knew him when both were congressmen. Ex-Rep. Tom Davis III , Virginia Republican, described Kasich as a guy who can “connect with a crowd” and shouldn’t be [...]Full Story... →