Ted Cruz Political Career Shorter than Mark Fidrych’s?

Everyone older than 50 remembers Mark Fidrych, the goofy rookie pitcher for Detroit who went 19-9 in his first season, even beating the Yankees 5-1 in that year.  Dubbed “the Bird”, Fidrych was well known for talking to the ball, grooming the mound with his bare hands, and generally acting like a screwball.  After winning […]

Just Because There’s the Twitter Doesn’t Mean You Should Use It

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The government shutdown orchestrated by the Republicans is backfiring in weird ways.  Clearly the polls show that it’s the GOP that is taking the lion’s share of the blame for the shutdown, demonstrating that most Americans are paying at least a little attention to our looming fiscal crisis.  The other backfiring, though, is the on […]

Washington Post | Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.

Updated for WP link: Thomas E. Mann is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. This essay is adapted from their book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism,” which will […]

As Ugly As America Gets—So Far

This is about as ugly as America gets. I hesitate to add the words ‘so far’ but along with other incendiary actions like Rep. Peter King’s hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, and legislation in Alabama to ban the use of Islamic law ( as if that were a problem there) this kind of […]

Olbermann’s Special Comment on the Giffords Shooting

“The rhetoric has devolved and descended past the ugly, and past the threatening, and past the fantastic, and into the imminently murderous.” <br /> Undoubtedly, the descriptions of Jared Lee Loughner as “unstable, very disturbed” and a “loner” are accurate. But it is precisely unstable, disturbed, loners who are the most susceptible to the rhetoric […]

This is What Hate Speech Gets You

Last night, a group of Rand Paul goons assaulted a Move-On supporter protesting Paul’s support of the corporatization of the Republican party.  Paul was arriving at his debate with oppponent Jack Conway in Lexington, Kentucky when Lauren Valle approached his with a sign that said “RepubliCorp Employee of the Month”.  She was either tripped or […]