Posts Tagged congress

Are Republicans going to try to impeach Obama?

I’m surprised it took House Republicans three years to talk impeachment.  Certainly, when they won back the House, which is where the impeachment process begins, I imagined “impeachment” would become part of our collective lexicon again as the Republicans went after another Democratic president.

The loss of the White House in 2012, allowed House Republicans the freedom to beat the conspiracy drum yet again, with no fear of a general election backlash for overreach.  With the current news cycle overflowing with “scandals,” that wouldn’t even make Olivia Pope blink, we now have to pretend along with the mainstream media that the president is in some second term “curse” and that the GOP is charging up the road with Articles of Impeachment ...

I’m surprised it took House Republicans three years to talk impeachment.  Certainly, when they won back the House, which is where the impeachment process begins, I imagined “impeachment” would become part of our collective lexicon again as ...

Sleazy phone calls to South Carolina voters falsely imply female candidate has had an abortion, “done jail time”

Because it’s not already hard enough to run for political office as a woman in this country, conservative groups in South Carolina are playing dirty politics leading up to the  congressional special election next week. According to ThinkProgress,  the group, identifying themselves only as “SSI polling”, are calling voters and asking a series of “leading” questions about Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Apparently,

“One of the most popular tactics is known as “push polling,” whereby a group calls up voters under the guise of conducting a poll, only to ask questions that leave the voter with a highly-misleading impression about a certain candidate.”

One of the questions presented in this round of push polling was:

“What would ...

Because it’s not already hard enough to run for political office as a woman in this country, conservative groups in South Carolina are playing dirty politics leading up to the  congressional special election ...

People who say more good guys with guns is the solution lack firing neurons

The NRA’s argument that more guns is necessary to prevent mass shootings, or any shootings was always nonsense.  The ridiculousness of this argument is on display yet again, with the recent news out of Georgia where a man shot and killed a young Latino man who accidentally pulled into his driveway.

Via NBC Latino:

Rodrigo Diaz, 22, was driving around with his girlfriend and two friends when he pulled into a driveway, thinking they had arrived at another friend’s house, his brother says. But instead he pulled into the driveway of Phillip Sailors, 69, who thought his home was being robbed, his lawyer says. Sailors then shot Diaz, according to the police report, citing what Sailors told officers at the ...

The NRA’s argument that more guns is necessary to prevent mass shootings, or any shootings was always nonsense.  The ridiculousness of this argument is on display yet again, with the recent news out of Georgia where a ...

EMILY’s List Celebrates 2012 Milestones

I was honored to attend the EMILY’s List 2nd Inaugural Brunch over the weekend to not only celebrate the re-election of President Obama, but also the historic victories for women this election cycle.  Thanks to EMILY’s list, during the 2011- 2012 election cycle, we “elect[ed] a historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman ...

I was honored to attend the EMILY’s List 2nd Inaugural Brunch over the weekend to not only celebrate the re-election of President Obama, but also the historic victories for women this election cycle.  Thanks ...

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How to deal with a mansplainer starring Hillary Clinton in gifs

Sometimes you don’t realize how #bawse somebody is, until you make it into a gif.

So after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smacked down the Senate and the House yesterday, it occurred to me that what made it magical is that it is an instructional video on how to deal with a mansplainer. And of course, any good tutorial needs to be broken down into gifs for emphasis.

Ladies and gentlemen, “How to deal with a mansplainer starring Hillary Clinton.”

Step 1: Raise your hands up like, “Whoa you guys you can’t be serious.”

Step 2: Make sure to emphasize your points by counting with your hands so that simple tea party Senator mansplainer understands.  Mansplainers like visuals.

Sometimes you don’t realize how #bawse somebody is, until you make it into a gif.

So after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smacked down the Senate and the House yesterday, it occurred to me that what made ...

These old dudes voted against MLK Day in ’83

Most of the people who were against honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday have either retired or passed away. But eight congressman who voted against the holiday remain in office today. Wonder what they did with their day off?

At least some of them, such as John McCain and Orrin Hatch, have the decency to be embarrassed about it. Back when he was running for president, McCain noted:

I was wrong and eventually realized that, in time to give full support for a state holiday in Arizona. We can all be a little late sometimes in doing the right thing, and Dr. King understood this about his fellow Americans.

Hatch wrote in a 2007 essay that he had been dumb, too.

While ...

Most of the people who were against honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday have either retired or passed away. But eight congressman who voted against the holiday remain in office today. Wonder what they ...

Kyrsten Sinema confuses the Washington Post


Manuel Roig-Franzia
has a stick up his butt about Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress. It’s not that he disagrees with her policies, or thinks she’s corrupt, or won unfairly. Basically, he’s aggravated that Sinema refuses to acknowledge that her sexual orientation shapes her policy beliefs, her politics, and her public service. Because HOW COULD IT NOT?

Sinema goes into depth about how the grinding poverty she grew up in shaped her world view, far more so than her sexuality. She puts it pretty bluntly. For example:  “I don’t think religion or my orientation shaped my world view,” she says. “They’re parts of who I am, but they’re not driving the force.”

But ...


Manuel Roig-Franzia
has a stick up his butt about Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress. It’s not that he disagrees with her policies, or thinks she’s corrupt, or ...

House GOP lets the Violence Against Women Act expire for first time since 1994

Here’s the sad truth: It is not all surprising that House Republicans have blocked the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) a final time, officially allowing it to expire until the next Congress. This is the first time since the VAWA was first passed in 1994 that it has failed to be re-authorized. The VAWA is normally a bipartisan bill that passes without controversy.

But not under these House Republicans. Given their track record for doing nothing productive for the American people they were elected to represent, it’s not surprising they would throw victims of domestic violence and sexual assault under the bus because they want to ensure no assistance is given to Native Americans, LGBT folks, and ...

Here’s the sad truth: It is not all surprising that House Republicans have blocked the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) a final time, officially allowing it to expire until the next Congress. This is ...

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