Friday, March 31, 2006

On Censure, Democrats Wait for Godot

"While the discussion of the proposed censure of President Bush has largely focused on the Democrats' hesitance to take a position, today's debate actually reveals failures by Congressional leaders in both political parties. Republicans refuse to investigate their President's misconduct while Democrats keep waiting for Godot, hoping for investigations that will never happen." - story

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Institutionalizing Corruption: The Senate's Lobby "Reform"

"the Senate passed - by an unsurprisingly huge margin - a bill called the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006. The vote was 90-8, which the opposition coming for the most part from senators who felt the legislation did not go far enough (McCain, Obama, Kerry, Feingold, Graham, Coburn). Senators DeMint and Inhofe also voted against final passage." - story

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Hillary the Hawk

"Eager to overcome her reputation as the leader of the party’s left wing, Hillary is 'repositioning' herself, in modern parlance, as a 'centrist,' i.e. a complete opportunist." - story

Monday, March 20, 2006

"Why are you in this party?"

"Right on Russ [Feingold], but you know the answer already. You're in a race for the Democratic nomination for President in 2008 where you are the only candidate thus far prepared to say the President is a law breaker and that the war is illegal and should be ended immediately and the Patriot Act repealed. Why are you in this party? You come from a state which eighty years ago saw the bold stand of Robert LaFollette who broke away to form a third party. Why don't you do the same? Look at Jim Jeffords of Vermont. He broke free, defied the Republican whip is now an independent and has more stature in his state than Patrick Leahy." - story

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Institutionalized Corruption: Senators who play the stock market do very, very well

"Senators consistently anticipated movements in stock prices: they often purchased stocks just before prices took off like a rocket, and revealed an uncanny ability to sell just when a stock was about to flatten out. [...] 'Nobody gets results like this in the financial world consistently and over the long term,' notes Professor Tom Ferguson, who studies money in politics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Any manager of a mutual fund, in fact, who regularly beats the market by as little as two percent annually is considered an investment genius." - story

Monday, March 13, 2006

The "Straight Talk Express" in action

Just listen when self-proclaimed "maverick" and presumed "straight talk" fan John McCain speaks: "straw polls are entertaining, my friends, even extremely early ones. But I think we have bigger things to worry about. So if any friends here are thinking about voting for me, please don’t. Just write in President Bush’s name. For the next three years, with the country at war, he’s our President, and the only one who must have our support today." (source)

Sunday, March 12, 2006

One Party Senate Seat in PA Assured

"Abortion-rights activist Kate Michelman won't run in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race." (story; "She did the right thing" - "Kos", look to what sorry lows the so-called Democratic party has sunk: "as long as Casey is kept off the judiciary committee, he wouldn't be able to do much damage to abortion rights in a Democratic-held Senate." That's just pathetic.) This all but assures there'll be a safe one-party-state seat in the Senate with one rabid right-wing abortion opponent against another rabid right-wong abortion opponent. Let's for example remember that both supported Alito's bid for the Supreme Court seat.

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Three Stooges

"Since assuming their positions, the three of them have shown themselves to be somewhere between useless and disastrous as party leaders. Individually, they lack substance and policy smarts (Pelosi); coherence and force (Reid); and steadiness and mainstream appeal (Dean). Collectively, they convey an image of liberal elitism, disarray, and crabbiness." - story

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

When the president broke the law...

... his party simply changed the law. Of course, there is nothing wrong with changing a law (even though, under normal democratic circumstances, the President's party would have acted like a democratic party and not like a party who basically disrespects the Constitution). The President's breaking of the law in the past is still a crime, and since the President actually even openly admitted he broke the law he has to be impeached. Needless to say, it's unlikely the President's party will go for this, so they need to be asked: Do you still believe the country should be ruled according to the Constitution or not?

When the president broke the law...

... his party simply changed the law. Of course, there is nothing wrong with changing a law (even though, under normal democratic circumstances, the President's party would have acted like a democratic party and not like a party who basically disrespects the Constitution). The President's breaking of the law in the past is still a crime, and since the President actually even openly admitted he broke the law he has to be impeached. Needless to say, it's unlikely the President's party will go for this, so they need to be asked: Do you still believe the country should be ruled according to the Constitution or not?

Monday, March 06, 2006

Political Kabuki: A Definition

Political Kabuki: An extremely stylized political show where the roles of the actors (for example, Senators) are as predefined as the outcome, the result being, even under the most extreme circumstances, only barely (if at all) recognizable as what can be considered reasonable discourse amongst educated men and women interested in the public good.

No integrity please, we're Congress

"A Senate committee yesterday rejected a bipartisan proposal to establish an independent office to oversee the enforcement of congressional ethics and lobbying laws, signaling a reluctance in Congress to beef up the enforcement of its rules on lobbying." - story

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Senate Ends Stalemate Over Patriot Act

"The renewal of the USA Patriot Act is heading for final passage in the Senate after majority Republicans broke a two-month stalemate over the legislative centerpiece of President Bush's war on terrorism. Overwhelming support for the two-bill package during several initial votes this week virtually assured Senate passage Thursday afternoon. [...] Feingold and his allies complained that the restrictions on government power would be virtually meaningless in practice. Though small, his group of four objectors represented progress for Feingold. In 2001, he cast the lone vote against the original Patriot Act, citing concerns over the new powers it granted the FBI." - story

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Institutionalized Corruption: The Democrats' Daddy Warbucks

"Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum, could well be called the Democrats' Daddy Warbucks. [...] If this were a Republican senator's spouse scoring bundles off the spoils of war and passing it along to fellow Republicans, the liberals would be up in arms. But since Dianne Feinstein is a leading Democrat, mum's the word. Partisanship trumps ethics." - story

Democrublicans: Joe Lieberman (cont'ed)

This just in from Connecticut: "It's been the subject of whispered conversations among top Republican officials for the past month. Now, U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, R-4th District, has let slip the secret: GOP officials have discussed cross-endorsing Democratic Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman this fall." (story)