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October 20, 2017

Mitch McConnell

The Art of the Steal

It’s a good thing Donald Trump doesn’t play poker or he would’ve had five bankruptcies instead of four. Or is that seven bankruptcies instead of six? I lose track sometimes. At any rate, that hideous tower in midtown Manhattan that bares his name would would have Chuck Schumer’s name on it instead. That’s because Chuck

Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins Are the Real Heroes in GOP Repeal Fail

Yes, technically speaking, John McCain was the senator who cast the deciding vote that torpedoed Mitch McConnell’s “skinny” repeal bill, the one that supposedly no Republican, save for maybe Ted Cruz, wanted to pass and that, for some peculiar reason, all of them seemed to believe Paul Ryan would prevent from going to a vote

Obamacare Gets A Stay of Execution . . . For Now

With the announcement that Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas have decided to vote “no” on a motion to proceed, there are now four Republican senators who have gone on record as saying they cannot support the healthcare bill “in its current form.” Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky

Why Democrats Lose Elections

Retired University of California at Berkeley professor George Lakoff has a theory about why Democrats lose elections and it comes down to messaging. Actually, it’s more than just a theory; turns out Lakoff was one of the few people who predicted Donald Trump would win the 2016 election. Note, he didn’t just say Trump could win, he

Trumpcare Isn’t Dead Just Yet

The news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided to “delay” a vote on the Republican “healthcare” bill is being hailed as a victory by Senate Democrats, most state governors (Republican and Democratic) and just about everyone capable of reading. Being the skeptic that I am, though, I’m not convinced that this thing is

What Schumer and the Dems Need To Do Regarding Comey’s Replacement

It’s nice that Chuck Schumer is drawing his own red line by demanding that any new FBI director not be a “partisan politician” from “either party,” and that voting on James Comey’s replacement might be contingent upon the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Donald Trump and his administration. Unfortunately for Schumer, Democrats only

No the Senate Didn’t Die This Week. It’s Been Dead for Quite Some Time

Okay, it’s time for a reality check here. Yes, it’s regrettable that the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees is now a thing of the past, and for that both parties much share in the blame. Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow Merrick Garland an up or down vote precipitated this fiasco, and Chuck Schumer’s refusal to

Progressives Are Drawing the Wrong Conclusions From the Tea Party Insurrection

There’s a prevailing sentiment among many progressives that Tea Party obstructionism was successful because it effectively blocked President Obama from enacting his agenda; also it resulted in Republicans winning two consecutive midterms and now a presidential election. One can certainly understand how tempting it might be to draw that conclusion. To tell you the truth,

How Should Democrats Approach the GOP Healthcare Plan?

Well, for starters, let’s stop calling it a healthcare plan, because what it really is a bastardized version of the Affordable Care Act. It keeps all the goodies that poll really well, like prohibiting insurance companies from denying you coverage for a pre-existing condition and allowing your kid to stay on your insurance plan until

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