Several years ago, I noted a connection between various Republican consultants and the incestuous ties within political campaigns. The GOP has a problem with a lot of consultants. They get paid commissions whether a candidate wins or loses. They get commissions from most parts of a campaign business and, interestingly, do not invest in parts ...Read more
In 1998, then-Gov. George W. Bush faced reelection in Texas. The Democrats controlled the U.S. House delegation and most statewide offices. The GOP had been making inroads but had not taken over statewide. Bush, elected in 1994 against Anne Richards, was running with a Democrat-turned-Republican named Rick Perry. Perry, the commissioner of ...Read more
On Wednesday night, the Democrats' leader tried again to rally the faithful. He did not do as he did the day before, i.e., claiming he went to a historically black college (he did not) or that his son died in Iraq (he did not) or that he met the inventor of insulin (he did not) or that war in Iraq provoked the current crisis (it is Ukraine). ...Read more
Turn on MSNBC or open The Washington Post these days and you'll find pundits declaring the pending end of American democracy. Voters voting for Republicans will bring democracy crashing down. We have arrived at peak hysteria for the midterms.
Katherine Fung documented in Newsweek in August, "Democrats have spent at least $43,885,000 on ...Read more
There is no love between Mitt Romney and Mike Lee, the two Republican senators from Utah. Lee, a conservative stalwart, has always sort of marched to his own drumbeat of conservative conviction. Lee, a personal friend, knows the Constitution perhaps better than anyone in Congress. However, he sometimes lets his lawyerly sense of things trip up ...Read more
We are less than a month from the November midterm elections. I happen to live in the center of the political universe. The battle between Gov. Brian Kemp and pseudo-Gov. Stacey Abrams consumed the national political appetite for the last year. Now, suddenly, the battle for the Senate could come down to Sen. Raphael Warnock versus Republican ...Read more
President Joe Biden is draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to keep gas prices low solely because he wants to mitigate voter wrath against the Democrats. This comes as OPEC cuts back production by 2 million barrels a day. That will drive up costs, drive up the repurchase cost for the petroleum reserve and increase our national debt, which ...Read more
Standing at the podium as part of a White House forum on food and hunger, President Joe Biden began working through the list of people to thank. He made it bipartisan. He thanked several Republicans and got to his friend Jackie. "Jackie, are you here? Where's Jackie?" Biden asked. Jackie is Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana who died over a month ...Read more
The dictionary defines "grift" as "a petty or small-scale swindle." What is happening to the Republican Party trumps that and jeopardizes the Republican takeover of Congress. Not enough people are willing to discuss it.
The financial disclosure numbers are out. Combined, the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee have $...Read more
A railroad strike appears to have been averted. Railroad employees I have talked to who insisted they will go on strike tell me they are fine with their pay. They are not fine with limited days off on which they must remain on call. They are tired. A strike would cost our economy $2 billion a day. The Biden administration worked through the ...Read more