Obama Tweets — Part II

Ken AshfordObama Opposition, RaceLeave a Comment

Or, I suppose, I could have named this post “Remember: According To Conservatives, There’s No More Racism In The United States — Part II” Judging from some of the unbelievable tweets made to him, a lot of people are either really stupid or simply don’t care about possible repercussions their names being taken. Clearly, respecting the dignity of the office … Read More

Crazy Questioner at Santorum Q&A

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Here’s what happens when you fill uninformed voters with crazy right wing lies. This happened today at a Rick Santorum Q&A event in South Carolina. (It starts at 17:50) By the way, the thing the guy mentions about Obama trying to nuke Charleston?  Crazy conspiracy theories from emails.

“Isn’t This The Ultimate Degree of the Collapse of Political Ethics and the US System’s Internal Disintegration?”

Ken AshfordCongress, Iran, Obama Opposition, RepublicansLeave a Comment

That’s a direct quote from the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, in reference to letter written to Iran and signed by 47 Republican senators essentially trying to sabotage negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Thanks, GOP, for showing how divided and unreliable and unresolute America is.

47 Traitors Get Schooled By Iranian Foreign Minister, Who Understands The US Constitution

Ken AshfordCongress, Iran, Obama Opposition, RepublicansLeave a Comment

A GOP letter from Senate Republicans to Iran about the pending nuclear deal warns Iranian leaders that any agreement between Washington and Tehran could be voided by Congress and simply not upheld once Obama leaves the White House in 2017.  The letter was spearheaded by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Naturally, it received some backlash.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest was unusually blunt … Read More

Where’s The GOP Love For Obama?

Ken AshfordObama OppositionLeave a Comment

Let’s turn back the hands of time to, oh, only two years ago, and look at what GOP leaders said that would do for America if elected. * The Romney Standard: Mitt Romney said during the 2012 campaign that if Americans elect him, he’d get the unemployment rate down to 6% by 2016. Obama won anyway and the unemployment rate … Read More

Petulance Rises (Sinks?) To New Level

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MSNBC: Politicoreported yesterday that congressional Republicans are weighing a variety of tactics to “address” their disgust over Obama’s immigration policy, and “GOP aides and lawmakers” are considering the idea of “refusing to invite the president to give his State of the Union address.” Late last week, Breitbart News also ran a piece of its own on the subject: “Congress should … Read More

World’s Dumbest Lawyer(TM) Joins Twitchy At Being Outraged At Something They Didn’t Understand In The First Place

Ken AshfordConstitution, Obama Opposition, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

In other words, dog bites man. University of Baltimore law professor Garrett Epps wrote a piece in the Atlantic entitled “Imperfect Union: The Constitution Didn’t Foresee Divided Government” that discussed the likely confrontations between the President and the newly-Republican Congress: What’s coming will be painful, frustrating, and dangerous—and it will illustrate a constitutional malfunction unforeseen in 1787. The country will survive, … Read More

What Is Grubergate And Why You Shouldn’t Care

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

Republicans think they’ve just happened upon a major moment in the never-ending political debate over Obamacare: Newly discovered video of White House consultant Jonathan Gruber’s controversial comments about the passage of the law. In the video, from 2013, Gruber suggests the details of the law were obscured in order to assure its passage. He says the bill relied on the “stupidity of the … Read More

The Low Information Voter

Ken AshfordElection 2014, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

  The author’s inspiration for this cartoon comes in part from this piece from September, about Kentucky voters who love the state’s new health insurance exchange (Kynect) but still disapprove of the Affordable Care act: “I’m tickled to death with it,” Ms. Evans, 49, said of her new coverage as she walked around the Kentucky State Fair recently with her daughter, … Read More

Obama’s Triangulation: A Shot Across The Bow

Ken AshfordNet Neutrality, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

Obama got on the Intertubes this morning and said this: For those not wanting to watch or listen, he basically called for a strict policy of so-called net neutrality and formally opposed any deals in which content providers like Netflix would pay huge sums to broadband companies for faster access to their customers.  (Net Neutrality, according to Wikipedia, is “the … Read More

Empty Threat

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

John Boehner, at a presser today, warned that if President Obama moves forward with executive action on deportations, Republicans will never, ever, ever act on the legislative immigration reform that Republicans have refused to act on for the last 18 months: “I’ve made clear to the president that if he acts unilaterally on his own outside of his authority, he … Read More

This Is Not A Gaffe

Ken AshfordObama Opposition, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Republicans are popping the champagne based on 15 words, taken out of context in the video above, specifically the words: Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. Unfortunately, reliance on this phrase (to stab Hillary with it) will likely backfire.  Why?  Because it’s substantively identical to a gaffe they seized upon two years … Read More

Sarah, Possibly Drunk (You Decide), Serving Red Meat

Ken AshfordObama OppositionLeave a Comment

You really have to see the video to believe it, but this write up gives a fair overview: Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin ripped President Obama on Saturday, saying in order to “save the Republic” Americans must “have the guts to talk about impeachment.” Palin bashed Obama on a variety of topics, including immigration and veterans services during a speech before … Read More

The Cost Of Obamacare Repeal

Ken AshfordElection 2014, Health Care, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

The GOP wants to run on repealing Obamacare in the upcoming elections?  How will that play at the state level?  A new Department of Health and Human Services report documents the impact federal subsidies under Obamacare are having on the insurance costs of people receiving them, and the Plum Line gives the bottom line: But if subsidies were repealed, people … Read More