Senate thwarts both left & right to fund government

The Senate passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill, ensuring that the government will not shut down.  Both tea party conservatives AND populist liberals led by Elizabeth Warren opposed the measure.  So did every potential presidential candidate in the Senate of both parties .

(Question:  The Republicans have the tea party, who attack the GOP establishment for its lack of orthodoxy and ties to crony capitalism, to the point of being willing to shut down the government.  What do we call the equivalent on the left, who attack the Democratic establishment and are willing to shut down the government?  The chai party?  Propose something, and maybe it will catch on. [Read more...]

Republicans gain another senator

Incumbent Senate Democrat Mary Landrieu lost her run-off election in Louisiana to Republican Bill Cassidy.  Part of the reason is that she was abandoned by  fellow Democrats, who are now doing to their party what the tea party has done to Republicans, refusing to support the ideologically impure.  Now Republicans will have a majority of 4. [Read more...]

Jim Webb for president?

Former Virginia senator Jim Webb has formed an exploratory committee for a run for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Webb, a much-decorated Marine in Vietnam, was President Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy.  He later turned Democrat, but he has been very much a maverick.  A die-hard supporter of Veterans and the Military, he is also a vehement opponent of the War in Iraq and related ventures.  He is left of Hillary Clinton when it comes to Wall Street interests, but he supports the Right to Bear Arms.  He is a social liberal, but he does not believe that women should serve in combat.

He is also a talented writer.  The author of a number of military novels and memoirs,  Webb is best known (and best explained by) his book about the ethnic group that exemplifies Southern culture and much of the American working class: Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.

Could any of you Democrats see yourself voting for him?  How about the rest of you?  Do you think he would be better than Hillary Clinton?

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The tea party of the left

According to Dana Milbank, a tea party of the left is emerging, with liberal purists turning against Democrats in Name Only. [Read more...]

Election post-mortem

Democrats thought they had demographics, the young adult vote, the Hispanic vote, the women’s vote, and the cultural tides all going for them.  And yet, they lost catastrophically.  So what went wrong?  After the jump, excerpts and some links to attempts to account for what happened. [Read more...]

The Democrats’ billionaires

As Democrats demonize the Koch brothers for donating money to conservatives, their own billionaires are getting organized to make the most of their political donations. [Read more...]


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