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McConnell’s Ill-Timed “Fighting Words”

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One thing coaches fear is a player with a loose tongue.  He may say something derogatory about an opposing team that can be used to gin up the opposition on the eve of a big game.  Over the years, these “fighting words” have inspired many weaker teams to prevail over stronger, cocky opponents.

Feeling his oats after a brief appearance before the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) committed such a faux pas during an interview with The New York Times which was published Saturday.

McConnell and two other Republican senators with questionable conservative credentials are facing strong Tea Party-backed challengers in their primaries this year. McConnell simply could not hide his disdain.  “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” he told the Times.  “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”    Read the rest of this entry »

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March 17th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

What the Polls are REALLY telling us about the Shutdown

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Woe to the GOP!  Beware of a government shutdown!  You will be blamed and if you persist in challenging the president.  You will lose control of the House of Representatives and kill any chance of regaining control of the Senate!

These “world will come to an end” warnings were issued by the Republican establishment and  often repeated by timid GOP elected representatives who fear — above all else — being thrown out of office and having to get real jobs like the rest of us poor saps who pay their salaries.

Who can blame them?  

In the USA they helped to create, jobs are hard to come by and even harder to maintain.  

Now, the party establishment and their echo chorus in Congress are gleefully pointing to the latest Washington Post/ ABC News poll that shows that 74 percent of the American people are unhappy with the way they are handling these negotiations and saying, “I told you so!”  

Not so fast.  Read the rest of this entry »

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October 16th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Cruzing for a Bruising

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Some things are worth fighting for.  Ted Cruz believes that defunding Obamacare is one of those things and he is willing to use every means available to make that happen.

Some people say his 21-hour talkathon on the Senate floor was tantamount to trashing at windmills.  I say he accomplished his purpose.   He not only put that issue front and center, he exposed the leaders of his party as weak-kneed scaredy cats.

If you go into a fight you have to be willing to get your nose bloodied to win.  Has Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell ever put up his dukes?  He is too busy playing footsie with Democrat Leader Harry Reid to fight for anything.

Make no mistake:  McConnell has the power to make Reid agree to allow a clean up-or- down vote on the Continuing Resolution passed by the House that would fund the government sans Obamacare by getting 41 Republicans to back a filibuster.  However, the lily-livered McConnell and his lieutenant, John Cornyn, are working with Reid to strip the bill of that requirement. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 25th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Why Americans have no confidence in Republicans

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Conversation overheard on a street near the nation’s Capitol building.

Person 1:  (In a panic) What was that loud boom?  Was it an earthquake?  A sonic boom?  Are we under attack?  Where is the nearest fallout shelter?

Person 2:  Don’t worry.  It’s just the sound of Republicans caving.  You’ll get used to it after a while.  It occurs quite often, especially around this time of year.  Relax.

Yes, it’s an all too familiar sound in Washington, D.C.  No one is surprised by it. 

You may not be able to hear the boom or feel the tremors emanating from Washington, D.C. from your spot hinter  lands, but the results are felt by every American: a sluggish economy,  joblessness, higher prices, stagnant wages, vacant buildings and ailing businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 7th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

The GOP’s Uphill Battle

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The Republican Party is ailing.  Sure, the 2012 presidential election was close but, reality is, the GOP hasn’t won an overwhelming presidential race in 24 long years.

Its illness doesn’t appear to be acute or life-threatening, particularly at the state level where Republicans hold 30 governorships.  It’s at the national level where the patient is getting weaker and a sense of hopelessness has set in.  This despair can cause a downward spiral which, if untreated, can lead to a slow, painful death.

The man who holds the GOP’s medical power of attorney is Rance Priebus,  the chairman of Republican National Committee.  He recently subjected this patient to exploratory surgery and the results were published for all to see.

The biggest problem with the Grand Old Party isn’t its strong stand on law and order or the moral issues, as some have suggested.   It’s the second word in its three-word handle.  It’s OLD! The brand has grown stale and out-of-touch.  Among the words most often used to describe the GOP is  that it’s a party of “stuffy old men.” Read the rest of this entry »

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March 20th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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