While some focus on the freak show aspects of the coming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting — does anyone really care what Sarah Palin will say, and is anyone except joyous Democrats and suicidal Republicans not yet bored by what Ted Cruz says? — the real show will lie in the Bush v. Rubio battle over immigration. Former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, who is likely running for president, has fired an anti-immigration shot over the bow of current Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is likely running for president, by opposing a path to citizenship on immigration. Democrats are joyous.
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Republicans are forcing the sequester because they refuse to accept revenue that could be achieved by closing loopholes that benefit the most powerful corporations or wealthiest individuals. President Obama is right. A majority of voters agree with him. They agree with him in polls. Democrats have won three of the last four national elections. House Democrats received more votes than House Republicans in 2012. The dominance of the right in the GOP leads to the dominance of Democrats in national elections. The social Darwinism of Ayn Rand, which is the policy of Republicans, is poisoned tea for the GOP. Republicans who claim the fingerprints of the president are all over the sequester are continuing the politics of delusion. The president is winning the debate. Again. The GOP brand is poison. Period.
The most interesting question about the upcoming Conservative Political
Action Conference (CPAC) gathering is whether any Republican will have
the courage to say what many of them privately believe: the way of
extremism is the way to GOP disaster. In this sense, CPAC is Sister
Souljah waiting to happen, awaiting a Republican willing to criticize
extremism directly to them, as Bill Clinton did in the Sister Souljah
People who are unaffiliated with a political party, while sometimes
thought of as being indecisive, are actually people who demonstrate the
ability to think for themselves. Anyone who is blindly loyal to the
platform of a political party has given up their God-given right to
exercise their independent thought processes. They degrade their own
It has been a big week in Republican soul searching, and Republicans
seeking answers to the past and for the future must read Michael Gerson
and Pete Wehner's diagnosis and prescription "How To Save The Republican Party," in the March edition of Commentary.
It's all there. For those still in denial about everything being a
"messaging problem," if this doesn't wake you, you might be helpless.
If the obstructionist monkey remains on the back of Republicans in the grip of factions far to the right of mainstream America, the surrenderist monkey remains on the back of Democrats in Washington who will soon face a backlash from the Democratic base that they have no idea is coming. Filibuster reform is dead. Kaput. Bye-bye. Farewell. Done deal. Over and out. For those who think I am a shameless loyalist to Democratic leaders, whom I usually support, I would not try to sell this dead dog to a dead cat.
I have worked for high-level Democrats in both the Senate and House and know the rules inside out, and I could figure out how to obstruct and destroy any legislation under this latest "agreement" in two minutes after 10 beers during the last quarter of the Super Bowl.
“Maybe we will see all new people by 2016,” I wrote here on 4/17/12. “Call it Republicans vs. Jeffersonian conservatives, leaving the Democrats to dangle. Today Rand Paul hobbles the old school by demanding that $2 billion in foreign aid to Egypt be stripped. 2016 starts already … Rand Paul/Joe Miller 2016: Vote for grown-ups.”
But 2016 will not be a good time to be president. The economy will be in a shambles and there will inevitably be blood. It comes, said Charles Dickens, the moment economy sinks below equilibrium, which is now. And today we see first blood among my relatives (on both sides) in Northern Ireland. But don’t sweat the small stuff. China has not yet avenged itself for the horrors brought upon it by Japan in World War II. And it will, because karma, the soul force of the East, demands it. China, said Richard Nixon, remembers a thousand years.
In reply to my brother Armstrong Williams, it is the right that is at war with American exceptionalism and President Obama who correctly quotes Scripture in favor of helping those in need and correctly quotes patriots in favor of an America in which we are all in this together.
It is not American exceptionalism to ask young people to die in war while asking the most wealthy to bathe in the luxury of tax cuts. It is not American exceptionalism to insult women with talk of legitimate rape, to insult capitalism with excuses for women being paid less than men, or to quote the church in support of cutting programs that help the poor, as the Republican nominee for vice president did before being reprimanded by many who wear the cloth.
In his latest epistle, Dick Morris opines against Al Gore and Joel Hyatt regarding the sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera. I will ignore the Morris charge as being unworthy of serious response from serious people. Morris in fact insults the intelligence of Jewish voters, whom he believes will give credence to his slanders. Gore has spent a lifetime supporting Israel and counts among allies a long list of Israeli leaders, commanders and champions. Morris, presumably seeking tickets for the Romney inaugural ball after the Romney-Ryan landslide he predicted, possibly following the swearing-in of the new Republican Senate that he also predicted, got a little carried away. The larger issue is not Morris, who is to political analysis what the Red Sox owner who traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees was to baseball scouting, but what Morris represents in a GOP that has adopted a smear-and-leer politics bannered by a deluded conservative media that leads to GOP disaster.
In the annals of the most immoral disgraces in the history of the American Congress, the action of House Republicans to kill assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy is among the most disgraceful and revolting, a testament to why Republicans have lost three of the last four national elections, and a deliberate insult to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as well as Americans in all affected states.