We Have Big Problems, But Small Politics

This is an era of titanic challenges and tiny politics. On issue after issue, the Republican and Democratic parties preen and pose but ultimately duck their responsibilities to solve the transcendent problems of our times.

— Ron Fournier, writing in National Journal.

Too Soon? Obama Comes Out Swinging After Midterm Elections

Republicans, in a new twist,* are outraged

Jon Stewart Skewers GOP for Stoking Fear and Pessimism to Win Midterms

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The Best Reason to Elect Lindsey Graham President

I’m sorry the government’s so fucked up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC), speaking to white guys in a mens-only club in Charleston. Graham explained to CNN, which aired this quote and several others, that he was making a joke, and added, “I hope this doesn’t reflect poorly on the club. They are great guys.”

One-Fifth of Republicans Would Vote for Romney for President

21%

Of Republican voters back Mitt Romney for president, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds. “When Romney is excluded from the race, his supporters scatter, adding no clarity to the GOP free-for-all. In that scenario former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have 12 or 13 percent support from leaned Republicans who are registered to vote. All others have support in the single digits.”

GOP Does Double 180 Flip-Flops on Czars
Railed against czars in 2009, demanded an Ebola czar last week, now opposes the appointment as soon as it's made

The GOP and Fox News spent 2009 railing against so-called “czars” — actually senior level Executive Branch officials — appointed by Pres. Obama. Of course, presidents have been appointing czars for decades. See the chart below. Recently, one of their leaders, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the GOP candidate for president in 2008, demanded that […]

The Most Expensive Governor’s Race Produces the Worst Ad
You've Got to See This

What kind of TV ad does America’s most expensive governor’s race get for nearly $49 million (and counting)? Spots like this, which beg for new and stronger adjectives than the ones being used to describe it: “outrageous,” “demeaning,” “sexist,” and even, “laughable.” The ad was produced, not by the Scott campaign, but by the College […]

Jon Stewart to FOX on the Coffee Salute: ‘You’re Just Trying to Score Points in a Game No Else is Playing’

The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook First, I am not opposed to the United States and other countries trying to wipe out ISIL. Whether they are an immediate threat to us is not the only concern. That Americans, including and especially journalists, can move around the world […]

Sophie’s Choice, in Reverse

This is part of Florida’s long, proud of history of only embarrassing itself when we’re sure everyone else is watching.

– Scott Maxwell, columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, advising Floridians on how to survive the next two months, in which the contest for governor between incumbent Rick Scott and former Charlie Crist will feel like choosing, “between rug burn or road rash.”

Captured on Video: Why Rich Tea Partiers Make Such Bad Elected Officials

FOX 13 News If this video — from a FOX affiliate! — doesn’t explain why Florida Democrats and independents are willing to embrace the previous flip-floppin’ governor (Charlie Crist) to get rid of the current one, nothing will. Warning: Rick Scott’s countenance will haunt your sleep.