Obama’s disdain for obstructionist Republicans in Congress reaches boiling point

President Obama’s favorability ratings among Americans in general are nothing to write home about, but they’re not nearly as bad as those for Congress, where obstructionist Republicans hold sway. And now Obama suddenly seems willing to get snarky in his public expressions of  impatience with the GOPers on the Hill, as we see HERE: From the Rose Garden to the Cabinet Room to near the Key Bridge in Georgetown, the president has signaled more than mere annoyance at the state of affairs at the halfway point of this year. His disdain...

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Boehner and his Republican pals unwittingly are aiding Hillary’s presidential prospects

Poor John Boehner! Much as he may want to, he can’t move forward with immigration reform for the simple reason that their are too many bigots in his House Republican caucus. But, of course, such obstructionism is not in the best interests of the GOP. Jonathan Chait EXPLAINS: At the start of 2013, I really thought immigration reform was going to happen. Unlike every Obama-supported initiative that Republicans had opposed, the cold political logic of cooperation was obvious: Republicans would alleviate their crippling weakness with Latino...

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Will Republican warmongers trot out bogus Lincoln quotation this time around?

During the height of the U.S. war in Iraq nearly a decade ago, right-wing supporters of Bush administration policy attributed a bogus quotation to Abraham Lincoln in their effort to impugn the patriotism of congressional critics of the conflict: Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged. Not only did Lincoln never say any such thing (see HERE), but he was a war protestor himself during his time in Congress. His CRITICISMS of the...

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Why are Republican pollsters so bad at their craft?

As you may have heard by now, there were two big losers in that Republican congressional primary election in Virginia last week — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was buried in a landslide, and pollster John McLaughlin, who told Cantor a week earlier that he was a cinch to win. Kristen Soltis Anderson RAISES THE QUESTION of whether GOP pollsters understand the country anymore: The reality is that the electorate is changing. In 2012, many Republicans thought there was no way that turnout among groups like African-Americans or the...

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Here’s an urgent dispatch from the front lines of the Republican civil war

As you all know by now, the stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary election the other day has emboldened the far-right wing of the GOP and heightened concerns that the party might tear itself apart in an orgy of political fratricide. And now comes word that certain elements of the right-wing noise machine are in high dudgeon over speculation that Rep. Kevin McCarthy might be named to the leadership post Cantor is vacating. HERE‘s the story: [T]he prospect of McCarthy replacing Cantor has drawn...

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