Antipathy toward Obama among Republicans becomes ever more ugly and un-American

In the 50-plus years I’ve been following American politics, I’ve never seen the likes of the Republican campaign of invective against Barack Obama. No president in my lifetime, not even Richard Nixon, has been the target of such naked hatred. And the weirdest thing about this Obamphobia is that it’s not shared by any sizable majority of Americans. Just the other day, the Gallup poll showed that Obama’s approval/disapproval ratings among the populace in general were about even. Nor have his approval ratings ever fallen...

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Whatever became of the Party of Lincoln?

This coming week brings the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, an occasion for reflection on the political legacy of our 16th president and the party he represented. There was much more to Lincoln’s presidency than the winning of the Civil War. There was also a progressive agenda that Lincoln and the Republican Congress of his day was able to advance for the simple reason that Southern Democrats no longer held seats in Congress. Today, Southern Democrats are as rare as hen’s teeth, and Republicans have become party...

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The Terri Schiavo case of 10 years ago was a watershed for the Republican Party

Liberal pundit Rachel Maddow of MSNBC touched upon a subject last night that I’ve addressed previously on this blog. Here’s my updated take on the matter: Ten years ago this week, Terri Schiavo (above), a 41-year-old Florida woman who had been lingering in a vegetative state for 15 years following a sudden illness, finally died. Thus ended a protracted legal and political battle over whether to pull the proverbial plug on the woman. By then, however, the case had given much of the American public cause to question the GOP’s...

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Republican states suck-up more federal goodies than do Democratic states

For years now, I’ve been writing about how red states (those that lean to the Republican side) generally are so-called taker states, while blue states (those that lean to the Democratic side) generally are so-called giver states. I’ve made the point that red states get a lot more back from the federal government than they pay in federal states. The reverse is the case with blue states. They generally pay more in federal taxes than they get back from the federal government. The great irony, of course, is that politicians in the red...

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To support their own worldview, Republicans have to ignore these Obama successes

Today’s candidacy announcement by Sen. Ted Cruz marks the formal opening of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, which means the rhetoric will now become hotter and heavier with each passing day. For example, Cruz and his likely rivals for the GOP nod will now have to double-down on their denunciations of Democrat Barack Obama’s two-term presidency. As we see HERE, these Republicans will have to ignore or try to explain away how Obama has: 1. Proved trickle-down economics are wrong, again; 2. Proved we can expand...

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