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Month: March 2010

March 31, 2010
Hutchison Breaks Promise to Leave Senate. Again.

As Hotline, the Washington Post and others are reporting, Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will not step down and will instead serve out her term through 2012. Citing "President Obama's victory on health care legislation" and not her thumping at the hands of Rick Perry in the Texas GOP gubernatorial primary, Hutchison has reversed […]

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March 30, 2010
Sarah Palin Double Dribbles on Right-Wing Violence

As suspended NBA star Gilbert Arenas could attest, guns and basketball don't mix. But just days after getting roundly criticized for her incendiary language about the need for Republicans to "reload" and target the vulnerable Democrats in her crosshairs, Sarah Palin turned to Facebook to cloak her tough talk in an analogy to March Madness. […]

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March 29, 2010
R is for Recess Appointment - and Republican

Republicans are predictably apoplectic about the 15 recess appointments announced by President Obama this weekend. John McCain, who in 2005 praised George W. Bush's appointment of John Bolton as UN Ambassador as "the president's prerogative,"blasted Obama for showing "little respect for the time honored constitutional roles and procedures of Congress." Jim Demint accused the President […]

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March 28, 2010
Palin Follows Nixon's Route 66

While Richard Nixon never donned the dominatrix-on-a-motorcycle look on the campaign trail, Sarah Palin in many other ways appears to be following Tricky Dick's path to the White House. Similarly a "serial collector of resentments," Palin's language of "real Americans" who aren't "going to sit down and shut up" in the face of "lame-stream media […]

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March 27, 2010
Romney Opposes Himself. Again.

If Republicans suffered a devastating defeat this week with the passage of President Obama's health care reform bill, Mitt Romney was the biggest loser of all. While the 2012 White House hopeful declared that "President Obama betrayed his oath to the nation," even conservatives acknowledged that the individual insurance mandate Massachusetts Governor Romney signed into […]

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March 26, 2010
Newt Gingrich Blames Democrats for Violence. Again.

16 years and one wife ago, Newt Gingrich blamed Democrats for Susan Smith's notorious murders of her two small children. Now, a decade and a half after blaming "Lyndon Johnson's Great Society" for Smith's drowning of her sons, the former Speaker of the House is back to declare that "the Democratic leadership has to take […]

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March 26, 2010
The Bipartisanship Scorecard

After a year of rancorous debate, Congress has given its blessing to the final health care reform bill. As expected, the reconciliation fixes to the $940 billion package received exactly zero Republican votes, passing the House 220 to 207 and 56 to 43 in the Senate. In theory, the born-again deficit virgins of the GOP […]

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March 25, 2010
10 Years After Bush's Worst Speech, GOP Offers Only Fear Itself

I've long felt that George W. Bush's acceptance speech at the 2000 Republican National Convention was among the most arrogant and reprehensible in the annals of American political oratory. But now that his party's overheated rhetoric on health care has helped foment threats and violence, Bush's address in retrospect was a masterpiece of projection as […]

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March 25, 2010
The 5 Signs of Republican and Tea Party Unity

After a year of denying the obvious, the American media is finally coming to the conclusion that the supposed Tea Party movement is simply a continuation of the failed 2008 Republican presidential campaign by other means. As the data show, the vast majority Tea Baggers don't merely identify themselves as Republicans, they vote for the […]

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March 24, 2010
AG's Fight to Preserve States' Dismal Health Care

That 14 state attorneys general - 13 of them Republicans - have brought a lawsuit to stop the health care reform legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Obama is a perfect reflection of today's GOP. It not only confirms the Republican Party's longstanding mantra of "judicial activism for me, not thee." The suit, which […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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