Mitch McConnell choked back tears after his last ACA repeal failed. It’s hard to know whether he mourned the defeat of his effort to delete Obama’s legacy or if he foresaw the coming divorce between his GOP and the White House. Continue reading
Amid the flurry of activity at the Senate over repeal/replace, the Congressional investigations of the Trump clan coupled with those of the Special Counsel, scary announcements about North Korea, the ban on transgender soldiers and the president’s politicization of the Boy Scouts comes yet one more headline-grabbing conundrum: the Sessions scenario.
We all know – the president is displeased. He’s complained about his Attorney General for days in a scourge of tweets and words filled with character digs and dares. The press and pundits are all over this newest burp in the Executive branch. Will he fire Sessions? Will the 70-year old AG resign? What happens next? How would this conflict affect the probes into the Russia connection? So many questions, such drama, so much motion without movement. Continue reading
For objective viewers, it was the most rousing speech of the Republican National Convention (RNC). Ted Cruz held the stage for over twenty minutes, enunciating his vision of “Freedom” for Conservative America. The hall resounded with cheers, Texans waved their white hats, a crescendo of hallelujah animated the delegates. It was political theatre at its highest pitch. And then the apex arrived – the moment when the Republican senator from Texas, the defeated opponent of Donald J. Trump – would mouth his endorsement. Cruz let the crowd wait a few seconds. A grim determination covered his face as he said the unthinkable: “Vote your conscience.”
Watching the first two days of the Republican National Convention reduced me to incoherent anguish. The toxicity pumped in nonstop streams from the convention literally turned my stomach.
It’s hard to measure which event was more gruesome: the hail of Hillary-hate from Gulliani, Baio, McConnell, the death threats to #NeverTrump delegates, the Brownshirts transforming into white-collar guys on the podium, Dana White merging the bloodiest of fighting into a compliment to Trump, that angry delegate from Alaska, the contingents from Ohio and Colorado assailed for their non-Trump choices.
Surely, the most graphic moment of nausea came with the abuse of an emotionally broken woman with no concept of nuance and national security and outright CIA cover-up in Libya or her dead son’s complicity in that secret drama, and her well-fed venom toward Hillary Clinton. After her appearance, the manipulated plagiarism of Melania Trump and the campaign’s absurd lies and finger-pointing seem trifling.
I watched two days of this. Watched as the team from #MSNBC sat in stunned silence. Watched the floor team and the outdoor reporters handle Trump devotees with super soft kid gloves. Sat in disbelief as Chris Matthews engaged in gentlemanly interaction with the crazed Guilliani. Listened to Brian Williams dismiss the death threat to a delegate as “politics.” Watched in horror as Chris Hayes politely ended an interview with a racist member of Congress rather than refute his hatred or let the dissenting black woman speak.
How to weigh the casual white supremacist statements by Rep. Steve King which heralded the start of the Republican National Convention?
Most sane people see his Aryan Nation comments as remnants of a discarded ideology, stricken from 21st century civilization. I see his neo-Nazi, Klan-related words for exactly what they are: hatred for other. “Other” represents any being who is non-white, non-Christian, non-heterosexual and likely, non-male.
Steve King is the embodiment of the New Republican Party. He is joined by many comrades: the Tea Party who hate federal government, the sovereign citizens who hate almost all government, the multiplicity of hate groups in every state of the union, autocrats, Alpha males, sociopaths, and Donald J. Trump. King is held at arm’s-length from Party leaders, yet even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan mimicked his sentiments when he declared his disdain for “identity politics” at last night’s convention.
This then is the stench emanating from the GOP in Cleveland and its “different” candidate. It is a combustion of hate and ignorance, cowardice and strong-arm. The stench that is Republican signifies a fatal decline in party politics. It is a descent into the black hole of repugnancy. It stinks to the lowest depths of hell.
A pair of South Florida attorneys are presenting themselves as “the first and only truly progressive grassroots Super PAC” in their bid to sue the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The JamPAC website not only claims the Progressive Purity Award, it also states that it is “fueled by donations from individuals from all over the country.”
However, documents filed by JamPAC to the FEC show a different story. Continue reading