Who’s afraid of a little actual voting in Congress?

The House of Representatives is in the process of making the sort of history one doesn’t really want to make as the selection of Speaker moves to at least the 12th ballot, suggesting that the Republican party is fractured, which should not be much of a surprise after the midterm elections. This week, the political… Continue reading Who’s afraid of a little actual voting in Congress?

Biden beats down big labor with inexplicable help from Republicans

The President’s plan to avert a catastrophic rail strike he already claimed victory for averting is to force unions who rejected his plan to accept it via legislation.  The irony of a supposedly pro-union President forcing unions to his will could not be richer, except that some Republicans are all too willing to bail him… Continue reading Biden beats down big labor with inexplicable help from Republicans

The bloodbath that wasn’t and the baffling return of regional politics

Votes remain to be counted, but it’s clear the Republicans had a disappointing night, failing to capitalize on voter discontent and underperforming in key states like Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.  At the same time, they were in the baffling positioning of over performing in other key states including Florida and Ohio.  The question is why.… Continue reading The bloodbath that wasn’t and the baffling return of regional politics

The Infrastructure Scam: Clueless Republicans and increasingly radical Democrats make for a toxic mix

Apparently, the bipartisan effort is hostage to a secondary, entirely partisan effort, and changes to the partisan effort, even by the party pushing that same partisan effort, undermine the bipartisan one. Are you following? If you care about democratic norms, this is your moment... It was finally infrastructure week in Washington, DC when 19 clueless… Continue reading The Infrastructure Scam: Clueless Republicans and increasingly radical Democrats make for a toxic mix

The bipartisan infrastructure push, part two: This is definitely not the way things are supposed to work

Call it a no-compromise compromise:  Democrats use the Republicans to provide their stamp of approval on a portion of their wishlist, then violate the longstanding democratic norms they claim to care so much about by going it alone on the rest.  Even more incredibly, President Biden made this announcement on the very same day he… Continue reading The bipartisan infrastructure push, part two: This is definitely not the way things are supposed to work

Is Maxine Waters an insurrectionist?

Chauvin is found guilty on all charges, but Democrats demanding justice keep amping up the violent rhetoric.  Fight?  More confrontational?  Demanding a verdict in an independent court case?  Defying local government orders?  Wasn’t this the kind of thing we called inciting an insurrection just a few short months ago? For obvious reasons, tensions surrounding the… Continue reading Is Maxine Waters an insurrectionist?

Go, Bernie, go! Filibuster all night and ruin the Senate’s New Year’s Eve

If you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, look no further than the recent alliance between Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Democrats over increasing stimulus checks to $2,000 and the nonsensical Republican opposition They say politics makes strange bedfellows.  This has never been more true as Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and other Democrats come together… Continue reading Go, Bernie, go! Filibuster all night and ruin the Senate’s New Year’s Eve