The Cowardice of Democrats, and Why I Support Absolute Obstructionism in the Era of Trump

Today, amid the chaos of a presidential transition that would be laughable were it not so frightening, the Senate voted 81-17 to approve a bill that would "provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of … Continue reading The Cowardice of Democrats, and Why I Support Absolute Obstructionism in the Era of Trump

The #NoBillNoBreak Sit-In Was Pretty Much Everything I Hate About Democratic Politics

This week, Democratic Congresspeople occupied the floor of the House of Representatives in an attempt to force votes on what they called "commonsense" gun control bills. Nearly 100 Democrats led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis demanded a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists in the aftermath of … Continue reading The #NoBillNoBreak Sit-In Was Pretty Much Everything I Hate About Democratic Politics

Paul Ryan Face Plants

David Dayen has some harsh (and fair) criticism of Paul Ryan's work as Speaker of the House so far: By the end, Boehner had come to hate the House Freedom Caucus, the far-right cabal that brought on his ouster through its relentless opposition to compromise. But Ryan merely fears the Freedom Caucusers, unwilling to cross … Continue reading Paul Ryan Face Plants