Politics

In direct mail solicitation, Paul predicted ‘race war,’ touted newsletters

In direct mail solicitation, Paul predicted ‘race war,’ touted newsletters

Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul claims he never read the racism-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, but a direct-mail newsletter solicitation sent out over his signature claimed authorship and warned potential contributors of what he called an approaching “race war in our big cities” and claimed a […]

Ron Paul’s racist newsletters come back to haunt him

Ron Paul’s racist newsletters come back to haunt him

A common complaint from Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul’s supporters is that the media ignores their favorite candidate. As the old Mongolian proverb goes, “be careful what you wish for.”  Paul is getting media attention now and it’s not the kind of attention he or his enthusiastic band of followers wanted. A […]

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going into the 2012 elections. The volume of these riders stuns even the most jaded Congressional cynics as Republican lawmakers stack the bill with legislative initiatives […]

Ron Paul: God wants small government and no Fed

Ron Paul: God wants small government and no Fed

In Ron Paul‘s view of the world, God wants limited government and elimination of the Federal Reserve. That’s right.  The twice-failed Presidential candidate — once as a Libertarian and later as a Republican — says he finds his anti-government beliefs rooted in scripture, not politics. While some might find it a stretch to see God […]

Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to jump start his stalled campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and is turning to outright homophobia and religious extremism in a last-ditch effort to do so. His latest television ad is a display of anti-gay sentiment and overt religious zealotry that Perry hoped would appeal to the core of […]

Presidential election trauma: Who do you dislike least?

Presidential election trauma: Who do you dislike least?

Voters heading in 2012 face a serious dilemma: Which Presidential contender among a long list of flawed candidates do you dislike the least? Poll after poll shows a lack of real passion by a majority of voters on both sides of the political divide.  Democrats accept the fact — many of the grudgingly — that […]

When Trump is a player, politics has entered the Twilight Zone

When Trump is a player, politics has entered the Twilight Zone

Once again, publicity hound Donald Trump has turned the Republican presidential primary race into a freak show. And, for reasons that defy logic and political sense, some of the wannabes seeking the GOP nod, are going along with the Donald’s circus. Even after his publicity-driven flirt with a Presidential run came to a close, Trump […]

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor. Capitol Police arrested a protestor in the office of Tea Party Republican Vicky Martzler (R-MO) on a charge of illegal entry but police reported office sit-ins at other offices, saying […]

Can Newt sink Romney’s political ship?

Can Newt sink Romney’s political ship?

The Good Ship Romney’s once-smooth cruise towards the GOP Presidential nomination has sprung a leak, probably from a land mine named Newt Gingrich. With Gingrich continuing to surge in polls, Romney faces a dilemma — how to sink the attack sub Newt without alienating the GOP voters he needs to win the nomination. Gingrich has […]

Gingrich gains from Cain’s withdrawal

Gingrich gains from Cain’s withdrawal

With Herman Cain out of the GOP Presidential sweepstakes, Newt Gingrich benefits most. Republican conservatives who saw Cain as a viable alternative to the more moderate Mitt Romney are likely to turn to Gingrich — at least for the time being and until something more palatable comes along. Still, Gingrich carries a lot of baggage […]