Feinstein: Spying is bad when it happens to ME

Dianne Feinstein (D-NSA) is shocked - SHOCKED! - that gambling spying is going on! Feinstein three weeks ago (on the NSA spying on Americans, and Edward Snowden revealing it): Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a full-throated defense of the government's collection of data on billions of American phone calls, saying Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s practices have safeguarded...

Debt-Limit Extortion Time (Again)

If any further proof was required that the harmful, ridiculous debt-limit fights we seem to be having every six or eight months now are nothing more than extortion on the part of petulant Republicans, Mitch McConnell provided it in spades today. He took to the airwaves of FOX News Sunday to give the audience a fantasy wish-list of Republican goals that he might try to extract from the President...

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-...

Congratulations, New Jersey 'Pragmatists'

: Congratulations, New Jersey! First, you gave the country Chris Christie as a national-level politician. Then, just last month, in a Democratic primary to determine who would face this charming specimen of tea-party Republicanism in the special election to fill Frank Lautenberg's recently-vacated Senate seat, you chose Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Cory Booker? Why is that a bad thing, you ask? I...

The Road Not Taken

So today, I read this article. It's a good article, as these things go. In fact, it's difficult to disagree with anything in it: How astonishing to have a public servant who actually cares to inform the public about the inner workings of the system of crony capitalism that has wedded big government with big business. This comes at the expense of the free market that corporate lobbyists delight...

Sometimes I Despair of The Left

I don't belong to an organized political party. I'm a Democrat. - Will Rogers Sometimes, I do get weary. Heh. The quoted text following this paragraph is an excerpt from the text of a very earnest and serious email sent to me today from MoveOn's email blast servers. I subscribe to these email blasts from MoveOn, just like I do from several other lefty-activist groups (as well as, clandestinely, a...

Harry Reid: Finalist, Shoulda-Woulda-Coulda Division

I'd like to be taken at least a little bit seriously in terms of what I write here, and I know full well that beginning any post with a giant, all-caps "AAAAAAAAARRRGH," followed by several exclamation points will make me seem like all-that-is-wrong-and-laughable-about-bloggers in a nutshell. Nevertheless, sometimes, there's genuinely nothing that better than a good AAAAAAAARRRGH!!!!! to sum...

House Republicans to Force Senate to Hold 'Pro Forma' Sessions to Prevent Recess Appointments

In a move which will surprise approximately no one who's been paying even the slightest bit of attention since 2006, when the Democrats re-took control of congress, the House GOP signaled yesterday that it would use a parliamentary procedure which prevents either house of congress from going into a recess longer than three days without the consent of the other house.How can House Republicans...

Don Quixote, Meet Clarence Thomas

Or, more accurately, Don Quixote, meet today's Democratic base. Why Don Quixote? Because a "quixotic" quest is one which is fantastical and romantic, but impractical and likely a lost cause, or has very little chance of success,. And that's exactly what the current push on the left against the recent revelations about Clarence Thomas' ethical improprieties are: a quixotic quest. Why? Because...

An Open Letter to the DSCC

(welcome Crooks & Liars readers! Thanks for dropping by)This morning, I opened my email to find an urgent appeal from the Ragin' Cajun, James Carville on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. It reminded me, in stark terms, what this next election might be about: Democrats are defending 23 Senate seats in the 2012 race, Republicans are only defending 10. And as we're all...