Tag Archive for Republican Party

Thoreau’s Realometer: Sessions is a Goner — Trump Should Go Too

Jeff_Sessions-under-oath

“Be it life or death, we crave only reality.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oh how things have changed since Henry David Thoreau’s 1854, when he first published Walden. How things have changed since 1896, when Adolph Ochs purchased and began transforming the New…

Congressman Bradley Byrne Faces a Packed Town Hall in Mobile

RepBradley_Byrne1a

By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne faced a packed town hall of opposition protesters and constituent supporters Monday night, answering questions about veterans health care, the environment and controversial decisions, statements and actions by the new President, Donald J. Trump. About 250 people made it into the private auditorim on…

Democrats Win American Public Opinion Over Republicans With Conventions

182760_600

By Glynn Wilson – Public opinion survey results in the wake of the national political party conventions over the past two weeks back up what knowledgeable commentators said at the time. The convention shows still matter in swaying public opinion at the margins, and the Democratic Party’s convention show and Hillary Clinton’s speech won over…

Is the U.S. Republican Party a Threat to Human Survival?

mushroom-cloud

Nuclear weapons, climate change, and the prospects for survival. – By Noam Chomsky – In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that had not been reached for 30 years. The Bulletin’s statement explaining this advance toward catastrophe invoked the two…

Trump Hits on the Media

180174_600

Making Sense – By Michael Reagan – Donald Trump is still no conservative and never will be. He still hasn’t figured out that the mix of insults, bluster and off-the-cuff political statements that won him the Republican Party primary won’t work in the general election. But a lot of us conservatives enjoyed watching him attack…

Gorilla Politics and the Grand Old Party

180064_600

Raging Moderate – By Will Durst – A hearty congratulations to conservatives for a seamless transition from party-wide disgust to near unanimous endorsement of a gorilla as their presidential nominee. Considering the tortuous undulations required, this metamorphosis seems to have occurred with shockingly few chiropractic adjustments. Having indulged in the kind of convoluted contortions that…

Look Which Political Party is Crying Now

179906_600

Making Sense – By Michael Reagan – Look which party is blowing itself up now and struggling to unify behind a single candidate. Hint: It’s not the Republicans. After all those months of worrying and complaining about having too many candidates, the GOP finally found its 2016 presidential candidate, for good and bad. A couple…

Abe Lincoln Must Be Rolling Over in His Grave

05D3B923-BA3D-4C44-A677-9091837276F2

By Dick Polman – Here’s the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds….” And here’s the presumptive 2016 Republican…

Donald Trump is No Ronald Reagan

179052_600.jpg

Making Sense – By Michael Reagan – Now comes the hard part. Now comes the part where Donald Trump has to appeal to everyone in the U.S. Trump will rack up lots of easy votes in the fall with his rabid fan base — older grumpy white males and their spouses who want change but…

I Can See Clearly Now the Continuing Role of COINTELPRO

j_edgar_hoover1

“I can see clearly now … I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. I think I can make it now, the pain is gone. All of the bad feelings have disappeared. Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for. It’s gonna be a bright, bright…

Blowing the Biggest Political Story of the Past 50 Years

70562389_5444acb505_z

By Neal Gabler – Ah, the crescendo of complaint! The Republican establishment and the mainstream media, working hand in hand in their unprecedented, non-stop assault on the “short-fingered vulgarian” named Donald Trump, would have you believe that Trump augurs the destruction of the Republican Party. Former Reagan speechwriter and now Wall Street Journal/CBS pundit Peggy…

Unforced Errors, Miscalculations End Jeb Bush’s White House Hopes

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks during a campaign event in Greenville, South Carolina

By Steve Holland – CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Before Donald Trump’s put-downs and the stumbles in presidential debates, and before the profound frustration of voters became so unmistakably apparent, Jeb Bush appeared to be best positioned to win back the White House for Republicans in 2016. He amassed a $150 million war chest in 2015,…

The Day the Republican Party Died

0216republicans01

By Robert Reich – I’m writing to you today to announce the death of the Republican Party. It is no longer a living, vital, animate organization. It died in 2016. RIP. It has been replaced by warring tribes: Evangelicals opposed to abortion, gay marriage, and science. Libertarians opposed to any government constraint on private behavior.…

The Conservative Republican Base is Shrinking

Santorum_Faces1b

By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The conservative Republican base is shrinking, as old racists die off. According to the latest Gallup Poll data on the subject, the percentage of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who are conservative on both social and economic issues rises steadily with age. “An analysis of aggregated surveys conducted since…