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Getting around the “vote against it/benefit from it” problem

Yesterday at Double X, I blogged about Oklahoma Republican representative and gubernatorial candidate Mary Fallin, and how she’s an example of how she’s an example of how crazy right wing politics have gotten. She couldn’t be bothered to go back for the emergency session to get more funding to the…

Teabaggery funny but scary

Well, at least Orly Taitz lost. The Republicans of California haven’t completely lost their minds, and we can take some comfort in this. In general, though, I find that I’m deeply concerned about the far right nutjob patrol’s gallant and often successful efforts at taking over the Republican party. If…

Who believes in a Real American?

I’m traveling back today, so I don’t have much time to blog, but I thought I’d weigh in after reading this post from Atrios. I’m much more interested in actually achieving policy goals than playing politics, but what’s been truly bizarre during the time the Dems have controlled Congress is…

Holy Balls, Motherfuckers!

After the hated health care legislation stopped being something that Republicans used to warn about the coming social fascist takeover, and started being something that actually existed, Americans actually kind of, uh, like the plan. Does this mean that democracy works again? Please say so, Republicans!…

Lo, And The Demon Came From The Fiery Pits

The day after an incredibly corporate-friendly health care bill with few, if any protections for women’s reproductive rights barely passed the House, Nancy Pelosi is Satan, according to the Republican Party. Part of me wishes that we could pass this bill on a weekly basis, though, because the right has…

Yep, their plan is for you to work until you keel over

Steve Benen has a post up expressing amazement that Republicans have decided to make “starve the unemployed” a talking point. Not that it’s surprising that many Republicans believe that unemployment benefits are wrong because they give people who live paycheck to paycheck the occasional opportunity to avoid taking extremely shitty,…

Thank heavens for Michael Steele

Things are looking pretty bleak right now. The Republicans have made it clear they intend to filibuster all Democratic legislation on principle—the principle that the recent elections signal nothing but a blip in a system that’s meant to be one-party rule, and they are therefore obligated to resist these interlopers…

Stick a fork in them, they’ll say they’re done

Update: Now I feel dumb. It was such a given that the House and Senate bills would meet somewhere in the middle and we’d have to go through round two of this fight, that it never occurred to me that the House can just give up and pass the piss…

The pause before the epic failure

Happy Labor Day! Time to enjoy one last day of peace and quiet before the Democrats start selling out the voters on health care in what appears to be a suicide bid to return the Republicans to power. Josh Marshall has a short post up describing the possibilities: Am I…

Shockingly, Republicans can’t scratch back

At the risk of sounding like a hack, I’m going to go ahead and point out the fact that only 9 Republican Senators crossed over and voted for a centrist, experienced SCOTUS nominee—and the rest didn’t because, in their own coded words, no way would they vote for a woman…

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