Bookends, With Charles P. Pierce

It is certainly satisfying to see the almost-complete implosion of the tea party types in Congress today. Their most-harmful and most-lunatic demands have gone almost completely unmet: Obamacare is virtually unchanged, the government is reopened, and the threat of a default is off the table (for now). Best of all, their electoral prospects may have been badly damaged, especially in the Senate...

GOP Shutdown, Day 7

(AKA: Scenes from the messaging war) So today, one week into the GOP-orchestrated shutdown of the federal government (and fast approaching the debt ceiling fight), a conservative friend on Twitter links me to this bit of old video the Daily Caller dug up: I haven't checked, but given from whence this video came to my attention, I've no doubt it's currently rocketing around the conservative blogo-...

GOP Shutdown, Day 3

The noose is tightening on the TeaOP and especially on the house GOP leadership. They can, of course, continue the theatrics for some time longer (though not indefinitely), but with every passing day and every editorial weigh-in, it's looking worse and worse for the arsonists in the teahadist wing of the GOP. To start with, many of the tea party-aligned arsonists currently dead-set on burning...

News From #GOPshutdown, Day 2

I missed this one yesterday amid all the stoopla, but Andrew Sullivan (of all people) had one of the definitive pieces yesterday on what Twitter (and everyone else except GOP legislators in DC) is calling the GOP Shutdown. His piece leads with the full-page headline of the NY Daily News from yesterday ("House of Turds"), but there was much more underneath: How does one party that has lost two...

On This Shutdown Morning

The great Charles P. Pierce sums it up exactly: We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government. We did this. We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves...

IRS, Benghazi Scandals Officially Declared Over By Peggy Noonan

No, she didn't actually say that. In fact, she said exactly the opposite: We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. So why do I say the IRS and Benghazi scandals are officially over? Because once the GOP trot out La Nooners and her obsidian ball, it's a safe bet that the reverse of anything she proclaims is almost certainly true. Remember this gem, written before last...