One of the GOP’s most vocal ideologues calls out Ted Cruz for his tactics to delay Obamacare. By Ben Jacobs.
Why is one of the most prominent anti-tax conservatives in the GOP in a feud with Ted Cruz?Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform and mastermind of the group’s famous pledge to never raise taxes, continued his critique of Cruz, the freshman Texas senator who led the failed effort to defund Obamacare, in an interview Monday on Sirius XM’s Standup with Pete Dominick. Norquist said “I have never had a criticism of Ted Cruz’s strategy because I’ve never been able to find it.
The dysfunction and ugly rhetoric typical of this Congress is on us, the voters, but the electorate can force a change, writes Joshua DuBois.
I hate to say it, but this crazy Congress is our fault. Me and you.Yep, that Congress. The 9 percent approval rating Congress. The pointless 2-week shutdown Congress. The “You Lie,” impeachment-seeking, “die-quickly,” Congress. It’s tough to hear, but guys, that’s on us.The reason that this Congress is our fault is that we haven’t given them incentives to get it together and actually solve our nation’s problems. It’s not that Washington isn’t listening; they’re just listening to the wrong voices.
A party precinct chair derailed new Republican efforts to attract more black support when he called black people ‘lazy’ on ‘The Daily Show.’ Lloyd Green on why the GOP brand is so toxic right now.
Talk about political schizophrenia and stepping on your message.The GOP has been making efforts to engage black voters. Shaquille O’Neill just came out in favor of re-electing Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Last Monday, the Republican Party announced it had opened an African-American engagement office in North Carolina that would be “responsible for building strong and lasting relationships with black communities across North Carolina.
Russell Brand is trying to use comedy to incite political revolution. James Poulos on what Americans can learn from his British brand of politics and celebrity.
If you’ve been paying attention to the recent spate of news-making media appearances, you know we’re supposed to take Russell Brand seriously. It’s actually a good idea: Brand is smart, engaging and politically informed. His curious brand of celebrity radicalism won't succeed at transforming American politics where Obama (and so many others) have failed. But it might just help us where we need it most.Like most people we are invited to take seriously, it has been a really good couple of months for Russell Brand.
The NBA superstar is endorsing New Jersey's Republican governor—and so are many other African Americans. John Avlon on what Christie can teach the GOP.
The big man of basketball is endorsing the big man of politics.Newark-native Shaquille O’Neal is elbowing his way into the campaign scrum by backing the re-election of New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie in a television ad revealed days before the start of the NBA season and the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.In the 30-second spot, the star center who won four championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat makes his case for why New Jersey-ites of all political stripes should support the re-election of the man campaigning simply as “The Governor.
Homosexuality is just as dangerous as cigarettes, so why not try to end it—with a tobacco company-style lawsuit? Meanwhile, it’s about time for an insurrection against Obama, plus more from the fringe this week.
Tea Party Leader Wants to Sue Homosexuality, All of ItEnough attempting to suppress homosexuality by banning gay marriage from state to state. Tea Party leader Rick Scarborough is focused on the bigger picture. At a Tea Party Unity gathering on Thursday, Scarborough chatted with Americans for Truth About Homosexuality President Peter LaBarbera about his grand scheme for taking on the homosexuality lobby with a class action lawsuit like the one pursued against the major tobacco companies.
Americans are fed up with the Democrats and Republicans and want change. Except, wait, the third party candidates are a hopeless, foolish bunch of utopians with wild ideas. Michael Moynihan on why the status quo might be OK.
I had never heard of Marianne Williamson before, mostly because I tend not to read books on mystical healing or attend lectures about how “love” is the “answer” to a question no one asked. But according to my more “spiritual” acquaintances (they do occasionally infiltrate my social circle) Williamson is quite well known in the wooly-headed world of New Age philosophy. Her website boasts that “six of her ten published books have been New York Times Bestsellers [sic].
The Tea Party darling whipped up supporters in the all-important election state of Iowa. David Catanese on why Ted Cruz is breaking Reagan's Rule.
Ted Cruz loves rekindling the story of Ronald Reagan as a political roadmap for Republican revitalization.Except, that is, for the Gipper’s oft-cited 11th commandment. Just ask Terry Branstad. Iowa’s longest-serving governor issued a pointed reminder to attendees of the party’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner Friday night to get back to heeding the 40th president’s much revered commandment designed to foster unity and comity: Speak no ill of other Republicans.
As conference committee talks begin, the GOP isn’t trying to cut $40 billion from SNAP just to save money. It wants to punish the poorest among us. By Michael Tomasky.
What’s the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done? Tough one, I know.But spare me a moment here—plus a thousand words down the page—and I think maybe you’ll agree with me that the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done is try to push through a $40 billion cut to the food-stamps program. It’s just unspeakably cruel. They usually say publicly that it’s about saving money. But sometimes someone—one congressman in particular—lets slip the real reason: They want to punish poor people.
In a speech at Colgate, the battle-tested maybe-a-candidate honed a message: Work together. The world is watching. By David Freedlander.
Hamilton, New YorkIn 2008, Barack Obama promised to be a president who brought people together, inaugurating a new era for Washington, D.C. He pointed to his biography—his mixed-race ancestry, his limited experience in the partisan battles of the past—as a chance for a break from the rancor and gridlock of the Bush years.If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, she’ll have her own story to tell—about brushing off the battles of the Obama years.
The argument Obama won in 2012 about the role of government has already been squandered. The Obamacare rollout is a disaster for progressive politics, says Kirsten Powers.
Leading up to Election Day 2008, candidate Barack Obama declared, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Conservatives heard a menacing threat. For liberals, it was a rallying cry. The battle was on.Obama quickly became an effective advocate for the view that government is a critical part of the solution to society’s problems. So effective that he won reelection in the midst of a struggling economy.
From Obama to the Chamber of Commerce, everyone’s pushing House Republicans to move now on immigration reform. The sticking point: 11 million undocumented people. By Eleanor Clift.
After months of relative quiet on the subject of immigration reform, President Obama reclaimed center stage in an event in the East Room of the White House Thursday, urging the Republican-controlled House to take up bipartisan legislation passed in June by a big margin (68-32) in the Senate.“It doesn’t get easier to put off,” he said, a pointed reminder to Republicans that the politics are stacked against them if they punt on an issue of central importance to the fastest growing bloc of voters in the country.
Forget what you think you know about the next presidential election. David Frum details how the junior senator from Texas can take the White House.
Three years out, few bets in U.S. politics looked as sure as Hillary Clinton’s election to the presidency in 2016. Republicans had badly polluted their brand in the debt ceiling standoff. Their coalition seemed to have dwindled to an embittered band of older white Southern men.But it’s never wise to predict the future by projecting forward from the present.By spring 2014, the U.S. economy had been expanding for almost 60 months, the fifth-longest expansion in U.
Ryan Ellis is the latest Conservative to attack Ted Cruz and his fellow Tea Partiers—only this time, he’s likening them to terrorists. By Eli Lake and Ben Jacobs
In the wake of the ill-fated attempt to use a government shutdown and the threat of default to force Barack Obama to defund the Affordable Care Act, conservative activists are fighting among themselves about whether this strategy, masterminded by Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) and initially opposed by many leading Republicans, was wise.The infighting has grown tense in some quarters. On a list serv informally called the Repeal Coalition List, comprising about 200 leading conservative activists and writers, one prominent right winger recently compared those who forced the government shutdown to terrorists.
Grilling contractors over the failures of the Obamacare website, members of Congress from both parties sharpened their knives for next week, when the HHS secretary will face the music.
There was finally bipartisan agreement over one aspect of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, when lawmakers from both parties on the House Energy and Commerce Committee attacked two executives from the contractors responsible for building healthcare.gov over the website’s snafus. In a political ritual almost as old as and deeply reminiscent of the human sacrifices practiced by the Maya, Cheryl Campbell, a senior vice president at CGI Federal, which was the lead contractor on federal health exchange and its website as well as Andrew Slavitt of Quality Software Services Inc, a subdivision of United Healthcare, were berated by lawmakers from both parties.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
The Senate’s youngest member, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, held his fellow lawmakers’ feet to the fire on gun control. A year after Newtown, he says he’s not giving up the fight.