Politics

Political Hay

A Time for Choosing at 50

By 10.21.14

October 27, 1964. Fifty years ago. It was a Tuesday night, one week from election day. As the Johnson-Goldwater campaign wound to its end, with Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society liberalism he was championing poised to win in a landslide over GOP nominee Senator Barry Goldwater, Americans turned on their television sets to see one last political commercial. They quickly discovered a very familiar face in a very unfamiliar setting.

Actor Ronald Reagan, longtime movie and TV star, newly the host and occasional star of Death Valley Days, a weekly TV series based on the old West, was introduced by an off-screen voice for a “thoughtful address” sponsored by the Goldwater campaign. Suddenly, there was actor Reagan (here) standing behind a bunting-draped podium in front of a live audience. Within seconds, Reagan was on his way to changing American history. He began as follows:

Send to Kindle

Barack Obama Doesn’t Want to be on the Supreme Court

on 10.20.14 | 3:07PM

In case you were wondering whether noted Constitutional Law professor Barack Obama had designs on joining the Supreme Court once he's out of office - and who wasn't? - the Commander-in-Chief reassured the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin that he would prefer a role that afforded him more free time

As Marine One thundered overhead, about to land on the White House lawn and take Obama to a series of political fund-raisers, I asked him if, like William Howard Taft, he entertained thoughts of serving as a judge later in his career. “When I got out of law school, I chose not to clerk,” he said. “Partly because I was an older student, but partly because I don’t think I have the temperament to sit in a chamber and write opinions.” But he sounded tempted by the idea.

Send to Kindle

White House Appoints Ron Klain Ebola Czar

By on 10.17.14 | 12:35PM

Well, thank heavens. The White House has appointed a lawyer, political consultant and investment firm general counsel as our new Ebola Czar, the person in charge of managing and coordinating America's response to Ebola nationwide.

President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar," knowledgeable sources tell CNN...

The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.

A former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and also to then-Vice President Al Gore, Klain is currently President of Case Holdings and General Counsel of Revolution, an investment group. He has clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and headed up Gore's effort during the 2000 Florida recount and was portrayed in the HBO movie Recount by Kevin Spacey. He could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Send to Kindle

Houston Mayor Totally Didn’t Mean That Subpoena Thing, You Guys

By on 10.16.14 | 2:51PM

I'll admit, when I first heard about the Houston mayor's subpoenas for sermons given by religious leaders on basically any topic related, in any way, to transgendered bathroom, I thought it was a joke. There's no way an American bureaucrat could be so shortsighted as to order mulitple violations of the First Amendment pursuant to tenuous legal language. 

Send to Kindle

Political Hay

John Warner and the Ratchet Republicans

By 10.16.14

John Warner. Susan Collins. Chris Christie. The first a longtime GOP Senator from Virginia, now retired. The second the senior GOP Senator from Maine. The third the GOP Governor of New Jersey who doubles as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. And all three symbols of exactly what troubles the Republican Party, even as liberalism and its policies have led the nation and the globe into chaos.

First, the Virginia Senate race: the Republican nominee is Ed Gillespie, a Washington lobbyist, ex-White House aide, and one-time chairman of the Republican National Committee. Gillespie is hardly a fire-breathing far right-winger. Todd Akin he is not. If anything, in the establishment versus Tea Party divide that so preoccupies the media, Gillespie is the Establishment to a T. 

So one would assume that former Virginia Republican Senator John Warner, whose old seat is up for election this year, would be out there rallying to Gillespie’s side in the battle against Democrat Mark Warner (no relation).

Send to Kindle

Hillary Clinton Slams Student Debt at $225K Speech at UNLV

By on 10.14.14 | 4:43PM

Hillary Clinton headlined a lavish fundraiser for the University of Nevada Las Vegas last night, at the posh Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. She graced the crowd with her presence for a full 90 minutes and made a short speech, for which she earned a hefty $225,000 payout.

In her keynote speech, Hillary Clinton assailed higher education's high cost and slammed the concept of saddling college students with insurmountable student debt, telling the crowd that higher education shouldn't be a luxury reserved to the few and the privileged, all as guests chowed down on $200-per-plate meals. 

Send to Kindle

Alison Lundergan Grimes Loses DSCC, Still Won’t Say She Voted Obama

By on 10.14.14 | 3:31PM

Alison Lundergan Grimes is having a terrible week and it's only Tuesday. 

Starting with her appearance before the Louisville Courier-Journal, poor Alison has been asked repeatedly whether she voted for Barack Obama. Instead of answering yes, like everyone who has ever come into contact with Alisan Lundergan Grimes in the media or elsewhere expected, Alison - literally - twiddled her thumbs (so much it'll make anyone watching the footage nervous) and mentioned that one of our great freedoms in this country is the privelege of the secret ballot. And Alison repeated her performance last night in Kentucky's Senatorial debate.

Send to Kindle

The Health Care Spectator

Ebola: The President Is Responsible

By 10.14.14

“We can make government again responsive to people not only by cutting its size and scope and thereby ensuring that its legitimate functions are performed efficiently and justly.” —President Ronald Reagan, Conservative Political Action Conference, March 20, 1981 

A more perfect description of what’s wrong with the Obama White House’s handling of the Ebola crisis could not be had. But first? 

Two days after the death of Ronald Reagan in 2004, left-wing AIDS activist Larry Kramer wrote this charming missive in the Advocate. The title? “Adolph Reagan.” Wrote Kramer, in part:

Our murderer is dead. The man who murdered more gay people than anyone in the entire history of the world, is dead. More people than Hitler even.…

Send to Kindle

Republicans to Blame for Ebola Outbreak, Apparently

By on 10.13.14 | 1:09PM

It was inevitable that Republicans would be blamed for the spread of the Ebola virus, especially given that this is an election year. Fortunately, we did not have to wait very long for a series of stories pinning the infectious disease on the party of Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and that sinister cabal from The Simpsons that meets in a mountaintop castle to oversee the development of their multinational evil plots. 

Send to Kindle

Wendy Davis Attacks Greg Abbott for Being in a Wheelchair

By on 10.10.14 | 7:28PM

Wendy Davis is running ten points behind Greg Abbott in the Texas governor's race. And this ad, where she claims Greg Abbott got rich from being paralyzed.  

Classy.

Send to Kindle

Pages