In a new Gallup poll considering the approval rating for Secretary of State John Kerry, he received sky-high favorable ratings of 60 percent and disapproval ratings of only 31 percent.
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My guess is that many out there are thinking that I am sounding like a broken record (what an anachronism that is).
I have been constantly amazed at the “shoot themselves in the foot” Republican caucus. In the past we have watched as they embarrassed themselves on the Violence Against Women Act, aid to Hurricane Sandy victims, government shutdown efforts, killing the farm bill and then voting to completely gut food stamps for 48 million people.
All sentient observers can see that the body politic is ill and dysfunctional. The poison that caused its condition has many sources. One is Congress’s misuse of the filibuster practice.
The romantic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" perception of the filibuster is not how it works, though Texas legislator Wendy Davis's on-her-feet, substantive talking filibuster dramatized how the practice can win, even by losing, through highlighting issues and generating support.
Recently Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) made offensive and ludicrous comments, including his charge that radical Islamists are training future terrorists to act like American Hispanics.
These comments should be denounced and repudiated by leading Texas and national Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. John Cornyn, Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus.
The Gohmert comments are offensive to all fair-minded and decent Americans and Texans.
The pundits have, as usual, been stating the obvious: The pressure on Speaker Boehner mounts as the likelihood of the Senate passing legislation on immigration, guns, and even budgets, increases.
In response to questions about whether he would invoke the so-called "Hastert Rule" — that you need a majority of your caucus before you even bring up legislation — he shot back, “it was never a rule to begin with.” Then, he used the qualifier that it was important to pass bills with “strong Republican support.”
Speaker Boehner gets it.
If Senate Republicans succeed in their filibuster against gun background checks — which are supported by 90 percent of voters and would prevent those on terror watch lists from getting guns to mass murder our children — it will be one more dagger in the heart of the discredited Republican brand that may well bring a rule change in the Senate that is long overdue.
The great curse of Republican politics, and the great reason that Democrats have won so many national elections in the last decade, is that GOP politics is now an arms race among extremists who drive each other and drive the GOP further outside mainstream America.
Hillary Clinton has taken a commanding position in national politics, and as I wrote in my latest column, it would be spectacular if Bill and Hillary Clinton would work with the Clinton Global Initiative to devise major new jobs proposals.
Meanwhile, both parties should be embarrassed by the latest depressing jobs report. And Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus escalated the GOP war against women with his intellectually dishonest but highly revealing cheap-shot against Planned Parenthood that misrepresented the group's position on abortion.
When I heard Dr. Ben Carson, the latest rightist flavor of the minute (rightist flavors come and go in minutes these days) whine about the supposedly evil, vicious, white, liberal racists who are picking on poor Dr. Carson, I immediately thought that with Leno and Fallon competing to host NBC's "The Tonight Show," perhaps Carson was throwing his beret into the ring.
It was a big week for Republicans. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), dubbed by some the "savior" of the GOP, continued his policy of pandering by joining the ubiquitous Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and the ubiquitous Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in their latest filibuster, aimed at allowing the next mass murderer to escape background checks before killing more kids.
As The Hill’s long-time commentator John Feehery adroitly suggests in his column this week, “Populism run amok,” it is not only the young 'uns at CPAC that are going all Jacksonian — Sarah Palin, Rand Paul and others — but also the new Massachusetts senator, Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Exactly so. And in so many ways; she is an Okie grandmother who knows how to bake a cake and loves Tom Brady. She is as country as is Sarah Palin, and I am sure she knows herself to be the anti-Palin. And it was the Democrats, with recent Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who first opened to door to Andrew Jackson.
Recall that Andrew Jackson’s
rant against the Boston and Virginian snobs was a complete success, and
that when the opposition came to fight back, they had to go country as
well. The Democrats have already done so with Warren. And that is why
President Obama should not bask at Nantucket this year.