Tag Archives: Mitch McConnell

Getting beyond the wall

It’s motif  #1, the President bragging about having the biggest, being the smartest, (“I alone can fix it,”), master negotiator and  uber deal maker.  We can dispute his hyperbolic claims, but we all can agree that under his leadership Americans … Continue reading

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Return to checks and balances brings hope

I have to post quickly before events reactivate the despair and cynicism of the last two years.  I felt a smile emerge when watching the swearing-in of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Imagine the pleasure of … Continue reading

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Will the Senate nuke itself?

Once upon a time, when students learned civics  in high school, we were taught that one of the  inspired decisions of  our Founding Fathers was the creation of a bicameral Congress with different yet complementary roles.   The House was closer … Continue reading

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Election 2014 – is consensus as remote as ever?

Tip O’Neill famously said all politics is local.  Yesterday, Republicans won big by turning that adage on its head. They nationalized state races and turned President Obama’s unpopularity and his administration’s failures into anvils around the necks of Democratic candidates.  … Continue reading

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Washington artful dodgers postpone responsibility

Don’t believe the hype: Ted Cruz and Tea Partiers weren’t big losers. Most other people were. The recent partial shut-down and near default of the US government led by rogue  deficit hawks cost American taxpayers at least $24 billion (according … Continue reading

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Final Debate – six days left to election

Last night’s Senate debate between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez was a schoolyard scramble to see who could make the “old and stale” label stick. Gomez says it’s Markey who’s old and stale because he’s been in Congress for 37 years.  Markey … Continue reading

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Kerry’s the man, at least for State

I don’t doubt it. Senator John Kerry could be a close to perfect  Secretary of State.  All aspects of his life have prepared him for the job, save for running a large bureaucracy.  UN Ambassador Susan Rice has been touted as the President’s … Continue reading

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