Judgment Day Coming To Kansas?

Are the chickens going to be coming home to roost in Kansas this fall? A new SurveyUSA poll suggests it's a strong possibility: Brownback is fighting for his life. Democratic challengers Paul Davis and Jill Docking today lead the former U.S. Senator and current Governor, 47% to 41%. 1 in 4 registered Republicans today defects and votes for the Davis/Docking Democratic ticket. By contrast,...

The Left’s Relationship to the Democratic Party Proper

Over at Digby’s place, David O. Atkins has one of the exceedingly rare pieces of seriously confused thinking that can be found in the archives there. In a think piece on what we here on the left can - or should - take away from Eric Cantor’s stunning upset, Atkins conflates two very different problems within the Democratic party proper: "Democrats reliably vote in presidential elections,...

GOP Cluelessness: Schmuckabee Edition

"My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States. When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID and a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane – but if I want to go vote I don’t need a...

State of the GOP, 2014

After posting the last post about Jim Bridenstine's shocking interaction with the angry old lady at his town hall meeting, I noticed some unusual reactions to it across the right wing web. Previously, I lamented the State of the Democrats in 2014. Now, the widely differing reactions on the right to the Bridenstine video bring the last two posts here together, causing me to want to post a...

Scared, Angry, Old White People

Yesterday brings yet another of that shocking-not-shocking type of video of a Congressman interacting in an unscripted manner at a town hall meeting with scared, angry, old white people - his constituents. This time, it’s Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) who gets the video treatment, fielding a question from a misinformed and enraged elderly woman (do these guys really not know there are now...

The Importance of Being Joshua Black

OK, a few quick things to say about this... First, we must follow what I’ll call Orwell’s Law: so here’s the obligatory overarching message on this dude: *Ahem* OK, now that we’ve certified this guy’s Absolute Nutter™ bona fides, what else is there to say about the fact that someone like this is running for national office in the GOP in 2014? It’s not as if there’s been any...

Happy Martin Luther King Day

...or, as we've come to call it in recent years, annual White Conservatives Attempt To Co-Opt Dr. King's Legacy Day. A conservative is a man who admires radicals centuries after they’re dead.     ~ Leo Rosten Ever since Glenn Beck tried to hijack the March on Washington/I Have A Dream anniversary in 2010 for his ludicrous “Restoring Honor” rally, however, it’s clear that modern, FOX...