Fox News And Many In The GOP Go Full-on Tin Foil Hat

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Tea Party, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Work and other life things has prevented me from posting for eight days, which is equivalent to eight months in these manic-news-cycling days of the Trump era.  What did I not even comment on? Well, the government shutdown over the weekend, and arguments about DACA. Oh, and Stormy Weather. But that was ages ago it seems. Let’s start with this week, … Read More

The Less Said, The Better

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Ted Cruz is an evangelical Christian who once defended a ban on dildos in Texas, has referred to birth control as “abortifacients,” and pulled an ad during the 2016 primary when he discovered one of the actors he’d hired was a softcore porn actress. I thought that was important context for this: Sen. Ted Cruz‘s official Twitter account appeared to “like” an explicit tweet Monday night, … Read More

Not Quite

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Fantasy (Breitbart headline): Reality: More photos from today's MASSIVE pro-Trump rallies. pic.twitter.com/b6ofD1aP9Y — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 27, 2017 My last tweet Showing The Crowd from today's MASSIVE Trump rallies. pic.twitter.com/SuSn7L9ARh — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 27, 2017

Texas GOP Platform

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It’s no fun to live in North Carolina sometimes, with its backward state legislature. But at least it ain’t Texas.  Check out the Republican Party of Texas Platform below. Here are some of my favorites: The Rights of a Sovereign People- The Republican Party of Texas supports the historic concept, established by our nation’s founders, of limited civil government jurisdiction … Read More

On His Deathbed, Bob Bennett Apologizes For What He Wrought

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Republicans, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Bob Bennett was a rightwing conservative senator from Utah.  He served in the US Senate for 18 years, and I rarely agreed with him on anything. He was consistently earning high ratings from conservative activist groups such as the National Rifle Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Conservative Union. But in 2010, something happened — the emergence of the Tea … Read More

Who Is To Blame For Trump?

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Republicans, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

A short incomplete list by conservatives and even GOP moderates to explain how Trump happened.   ANSWER ONE: Obama is to blame for Trump says Bobby Jindel in the Wall Street Journal. We’ve had eight years of the “cool, weak and endlessly nuanced” Barack Obama, he argues, which means now voters are hungry for the precise opposite – they want “a … Read More

You Read Digby Now

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Republicans, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

She wrote about how Trump has revealed something very important about the conservative movement for Salon this morning. A good many of its believers have just been mouthing words all these years. They don’t care about their elaborate ideology. They just hate the other team…. a snippet: The Republican establishment is under a tremendous amount of stress right now. Donald … Read More

Can You Hear The Dog Whistles?

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This: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told Politico Thursday that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) should “go back under a rock” after the GOP nominee hopeful said rival Donald Trump “embodies New York values.” Cruz talked about Trump’s campaign rally songs Tuesday and said he thought the real estate mogul might start playing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” … Read More

The Trump Backlash Continues

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Immigration and Xenophobia, Polls, Republicans, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Tea Party, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

A $6 billion golf community under construction in Dubai is removing his name from the project. Trump was tossed from a respected business network in Scotland, where the billionaire says he invested more than $300 million in golf courses and other developments. And Lifestyle, a retailer that does business in an enormous marketplace spanning the Middle East, India and Africa, … Read More

Palin Started It

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Election 2016, Republicans, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Light blogging as things are busy, but I had to draw attention to this op-ed by William Paley in the Washington Post, entitled “The GOP’s dysfunction all started with Sarah Palin” because I think it is right on the money, i.e.: Once McCain put Palin on the ticket, Republican “grown-ups,” who presumably knew better, had to bite their tongues. But after … Read More

Hillary Clinton vs. Benghazi Committee

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2016, Political Scandals, Republicans, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Before I get into this, if you’re not up to speed on what the whole Benghazi controversy is about, Vox has a really great primer on the issue. As the primer states, the number of investigations and hearings into the Benghazi incident is unprecedented.  Check out these graphs: Today, Hillary Clinton is appearing before the House Benghazi Committee to testify, … Read More

David Brooks On His Own Party

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He’s pissed: Over the past 30 years, or at least since Rush Limbaugh came on the scene, the Republican rhetorical tone has grown ever more bombastic, hyperbolic and imbalanced. Public figures are prisoners of their own prose styles, and Republicans from Newt Gingrich through Ben Carson have become addicted to a crisis mentality. Civilization was always on the brink of … Read More