Color me absolutely puzzled by the Obama White House’s absolute capitulation to Republican talking points. Obama intends to announce a three-year freeze on non-defense discretionary spending during the State of the Union address, which is about as clearly as you can say uncle without finding secret evidence that Glenn Beck is your mother’s brother.
The glaring flaw of Obama as a President as opposed to Obama as a campaigner is that he seems to wholly lack the conviction to sell his ideas in any competent or coherent fashion. Obama passed a necessary (but flawed) stimulus bill, and then spent a year letting it be defined inaccurately by its opposition, in the process giving legs to a crazy-yet-effective Tea Party movement whose unifying cry started out as fierce bromides against his black pimpitude.
Right now, Barack Obama has no coherent governing philosophy – to a degree, that’s to be expected, because in many ways external situations and preexisting laws are dictating what he has to deal with. For better or for worse, he is associated with the stimulus bill, the bank bailouts and the healthcare bill. This isn’t just him admitting out of the blue that he was wrong, but pulling a bizarre political 180 that’s going to invariably make him look like a failed government expansionist, a failed government shrinker and, in general, a failed politician.
I don’t want Obama to be perfect. I just want him to approach governing as if it’s a thing he wants to do in order to accomplish some rational goal rather than freaking out because we lost a single Senate seat during an incompetently run special election.
GOP gangs up on AOC: Top Republican demands Ocasio-Cortez apologize to the entire world – she refuses
The Republican machine is in fifth gear right now, speeding to attack one of their top Democratic targets: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
At issue, a video the New York Democrat recorded in which she calls the migrant detention camps on the U.S. Southern border "concentration camps."
Economist mocks GOP for trying to pin racism on Democrats — after telling a harrowing story about anti-black economic envy
Economist Julianne Malveaux explained to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that there was a time in the United States where black Americans were actually closing the wealth gap with white Americans -- until white Americans rioted and burned their property.
During her testimony at a hearing on reparations, Malveaux recounted the horrific story of the destruction of "Black Wall Street," which was a location in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was known for its high concentration of black-owned businesses and black wealth.
The area's prosperity came to an end in 1921 when white Tulsa residents used baseless accusation of a black man sexually assaulting a white woman as a justification to chase out all black residents and set fire to their neighborhoods. Hundreds of black residents were killed in the riots and the majority fled the city.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle unloads on Democrats for letting Hope Hicks testify behind closed doors
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle questioned the purpose of Wednesday’s hearing with former White House director of communications Hope Hicks.
Hope Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee -- where she reportedly refused to answer many questions.
“Let’s be honest, why did Democrats think this was a huge break? Why did they think that Hope Hicks was going to sing like a bird?” Ruhle asked MSNBC national security analyst Ken Dilanian.