Posts Tagged ‘Citizens United’

The Seinfeld Candidate

An article in Politico today, ostensibly about Romney’s conspicuous lack of the “vision thing,” inadvertently revealed the Republican playbook dating back at least to Nixon.  Reagan flack Ken Khachigian put it pretty bluntly as he dismissed the whinings of dreamy idealists like Ken Blackwell and Mark McKinnon, who both thought Romney ought to try to, [...]

Odor in the Court

The media is duly abuzz about the Supreme Court hearing arguments for (and agin’) Obamacare, beginning today.  But the coverage is revealing; the case is discussed solely in political terms, blandly acknowledging that the highest court in the land functions not as a neutral arbiter of “Equal Justice Under Law,” but as just another sleazy [...]

The Money Changers

As infuriated and embarrassed as I am at how the 2012 elections are quite rapidly devolving into a warped and unsettling religious revival, bent on banishing from the earth not just the Kenyan Socialist, but the majority of Americans who supported him, I’m considerably more chagrined at the pretense in the media that nothing has [...]

Dropping Yule Logs

I recently read a ridiculous “analysis” of the 2012 election that stated, not entirely incorrectly, that it amounted to a contest not of political philosophies but of purchasing preferences: Cracker Barrel vs. Whole Foods.  Great swaths of data were trotted out about the voting habits of those residing near one or the other of these [...]

Armageddon And So Forth

Those were the words of Ronald Reagan, delivered casually and undoubtedly with a little dementia thrown in, when he was speaking in his inimitable style about the sort of nuclear annihilation his administration, at least initially, seemed determined to court.  For whatever reason, Republicans have, over the last thirty years or so (and longer if [...]

I Was Robbed

Politics these days have taken a rather welcome turn, particularly amid the current right-sponsored and well-endowed ridiculousness on TV sets across America, toward the often ignored but essential question of, well, cake, and who is going to eat it (or not).  Republicans are finally noticing, albeit belatedly, that their lavish use of deceptive advertising does [...]

The Party of Chicken Little

For as long as I can remember, Republicans of various stripes have been telling me and the world that the sky was falling, and yet, so far it hasn’t…  Oughtn’t they catch a clue by now that, well, they’ve been so wrong before, and so often, that to believe anything they say requires a suspension [...]

Activism for Me, But Not For Thee

It seems that appointing a Supreme Court justice who might begin to reverse the court’s headlong lurch to the right is yet another example of that anachronistic partisanship that the Obama Administration is proudly leaving behind.  A combination of conventional wisdom and bitter experience would indicate that whomever Obama chooses will be at best, a [...]

The Sun Will Come Out….

There’s a lot of talk right now that the Citizens (!) United decision and the Scott Brown victory might give the Administration the perfect opportunity (or kick in the pants if you prefer) to summon that long lost populist voice, which has been suffering from laryngitis the last year or so, to finally sing an [...]