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Indiana formally joins up with the forces of ignorance and bigotry

By Michael J.W. Stickings Yes, Wingnut Gov. Mike Pence and the other defenders of this odious law can say whatever they want. Religious "freedom" is really just Christianist bigotry in disguise, and not a very good one: The nation's latest legislative battle over religious freedom and gay rights came to a close Thursday when Indiana Gov. Show More Summary

It must be hard being Joe Biden right now

By Richard K. Barry Joe Biden will not be the president of the United States, nor will he be his party's nominee for the office. And that's got to hurt a little. But politics sucks and everybody knows it. Besides that, Joe Biden is simply not the guy. Show More Summary

It's a conspiracy!

By Capt. FoggI dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,Alive as you or meSays I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead,""I never died," says he."I never died," says he.No sooner does something happen in this world, but that it didn't and in a strange quantum physical way, nothing itself is reason to believe something. Show More Summary

PACs, unlimited money, and the end of democracy

By Richard K. Barry In the most recent edition of Time, Alex Altman describes how PACs are now doing the work traditional campaigns use to do and why that's a problem. In 2012 super PACs were used as blunt instruments of destruction: the group backing Mitt Romney devoted about 90% of the $142 million it spent overall to TV attack ads. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz seeks to be the anti-Galileo of our time

By Michael J.W. Stickings Ted Cruz is a hyper-partisan ideological extremist with deep-rooted cynicism. He's also a fucking idiot. Because if he actually believes this, if this is more than just pandering to the ignorant Republican base,...Show More Summary

Despite long odds, Chris Christie staffs up for a presidential run

By Richard K. Barry The Hill reported today that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is staffing up for a presumed Republican presidential run. One of his political action committees has just hired a digital firm to implement a "comprehensive digital presence" for the candidate, including website development, online fundraising and email marketing. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz's America, and you better watch yourself

By Richard K. Barry I know this has received a lot of play, but I have to weigh in. In an interview Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” Senator Ted Cruz said he “grew up listening to classic rock” but that his "music taste changed on 9/11."“I...Show More Summary

Peter King on a Ted Cruz presidency: "I hope that day never comes. I will jump off that bridge when we come to it."

By Michael J.W. Stickings I really dislike Peter King -- the Rep. from NY, not so much the MMQB guy. Among other things, he's an avid supporter of terrorism (of the Irish kind) and an anti-Muslim bigot. (The other guy is a Roger Goodell...Show More Summary

Trump goes all birther on Alberta-born Ted Cruz

By Richard K. Barry In an interview on MyFoxNY, perennial blowhard Donald Trump said Ted Cruz's birthplace could rule him out as a presidential candidate. Well he’s got, you know, a hurdle that nobody else seems to have at this moment," said Trump, who was born in Queens. Show More Summary

On the Hustings

Jonathan Martin: "What Ted Cruz Would Need To Win" (New York Times)Marc Thiessen: "Clinton's Scandal and Warren's Opening" (Washinton Post)Cameron Joseph: "Ready For Hillary Ready to Step Aside as She Prepares Her Campaign" (The Hill)Adam Liptak: "Wisconsin Decides Not to Enforce Voter ID Law" (New York Times)Alex Leary: "Rep. Show More Summary

Ron Hynes: “The St. John’s Waltz” (1997)

By Richard K. Barry Just returned from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, one of may favourite places to spend time. "The St. John's Waltz" was written and performed by Ron Hynes, one of the best known singer-songwriters in Atlantic Canada, and across the country. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz: Sound and fury, signifying nothing

By Richard K. BarrySome observations in today's New York Times by Nate Cohn about Ted Cruz's candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination: Political scientists argue that the single most important determinant of the outcome of the nomination...Show More Summary

Yes, Elizabeth Warren should run

By Richard K. BarryAnna Galland has an opinion piece in today's Boston Globe in which she argues that Senator Elizabeth Warren should run for president. Less than three years into her Senate term, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has established herself as the country’s leading advocate for working and middle-class families. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz is ready to make it official

By Richard K. BarryThe Houston Chronicle reported yesterday that Senator Ted Cruz will announce on Monday he will run for president of the United States. The Chronicle characterizes the move as "accelerating his already rapid three-year...Show More Summary

Senator Bernie Sanders: Too sane for American politics

By Richard K. Barry Political Wire notes that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has "relaunched his campaign website in a way that makes it look like he’s going to be running a national campaign."A quote on the site attributed to Sanders...Show More Summary

Pulling together the fractured GOP

By Richard K. BarryAmy Walter at the Cook Political Report addresses the fact that Senator Marco Rubio is underperformaning in the GOP presidential nomination sweepstakes so far. While many talk of the GOP race as a battle between the...Show More Summary

Could this be the end for Governor Christie?

By Richard K. Barry Is there any way New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's political career can survive his natural inclination to engage in Soprano-esque gamesmanship? Likely not. The latest is this, reported by The Wall Street Journal:...Show More Summary

Donald Trump demands our attention once again

By Richard K. Barry Donald Trump won't be a candidate for anything when the truly important decisions are made by voters. Everyone knows that. He knows that. But some in the media report his comings and goings as if they are relevant to the political process. Show More Summary

When polling validates the obvious

By Richard K. BarryA new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll tells us basically what we already knew, which is that GOP primary voters in 2016 “will be much more conservative than the populace in general, as they were in 2012, and farShow More Summary

I loathe Dick Cheney

By Richard K. BarryOh, isn't that special, and utterly surprising that Dick Cheney thinks Barack Obama the "worst president" ever, or at least since little Dick first slithered onto the planet.Said Dick in a new Playboy interview: I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president of my lifetime, without question. Show More Summary

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