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Allen West: America’s GOP Stooge

You know how I like to start columns with the word “so?” So, former GOP Congressman Allen West (FL) has written a new book and he’s out peddling it to the masses. Actually, he didn’t write any of it. He used a ghost writer. Nonetheless, he’s “on tour” trying to sell his tome.  There’s just […]

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Today’s GOP: Modern-Day Pharisees

So this is the definition of a pharisee: a member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity. Another more, say modern-day definition of a pharisee would be someone who is “a sanctimonius, self-righteous, or hypocritical person” (dictionary.com). I’ve […]

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Yes, Even Good Progressives Should Retire From Congress

Back in January, I wrote a piece in usnews.com basically laying out the case that a slew of really really old Members of Congress were probably going to just bag it and retire. Their fundraising was pitiful, they hadn’t paid their party dues and what’s worse, they’re hanging onto every stinking campaign dime in their […]

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The School of Political Destruction

Sometimes I wonder if Washington, DC has reached a point where it has lost all its humanity. This town, where even the most mundane legislation rarely passes because of an indeterminate level of partisanship, seems to be on life support. Just last week, the U.S. House failed to pass a “Farm Bill,” traditionally the most […]

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What Went Wrong in South Carolina?

Just imagine a lovely spring day, it’s 72 degrees, zero humidity, and a warm sun is shining down on you in Charleston, S.C. Instead of tooling around in the golf cart with the dogs in tow, I’m covering what I’m calling the “southern clown show,” a.k.a a special Congressional election down here in the Palmetto […]

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Is Gov. Romney Responsible for a Woman’s Death?

We’re clearly only a few months away from a presidential election, the latest indicator being the onslaught of negative advertisements coming from each presidential camp. By most accounts, it’s just getting nastier and nastier by the hour. Both sides of the aisle have dirt under their fingernails and the latest ad comes from my friends on the […]

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Romney vs. Ryan

I’ve been asked over and over again for my opinion on Governor Romney’s vice presidential pick of Representative Paul Ryan (WI). Ryan is, if anything, authentic. And that’s a HUGE problem for Romney. Listen, Ryan is a smart guy. He’s a serious policymaker and he has proposed serious policy positions, many of which I’ve legitimately […]

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Washington Makes a Deal: a Bad Deal

Yesterday, House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid announced that they had reached a six-month, short term agreement that would avert a government shutdown on October 1, 2012.  At first glance, it seems we finally have some good news coming from Washington, DC.  But if you look at this deal more closely, Congress has […]

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Spending vs. Taxes: Can We Have a Real Debate?

In Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore put forth an interesting yet one-sided argument about federal spending under former President George W. Bush and the current White House occupant: “Obama’s Real Spending Record.” Their op-ed comes on the same day Bruce Bartlett penned a piece for the New York Times entitled: “The Fiscal Legacy of George W. Bush.” The […]

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Religious Freedom For All?

I have said on MSNBC, Twitter, and Facebook numerous times that we seem to be in a political environment where men have a surging desire to tell women what to do (or not to do) with their bodies. Many of my friends on the GOP side of the aisle  and frankly some on the left […]

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