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Governing – you keep using that word – I do not think it means what you think it means.

By Ben Domenech AUGUST 5, 2015

“They don’t give a damn about governing.” That’s the headline takeaway from the New York Times’s Jackie Calmes’ academic paper for Harvard, which has all the content you would expect from a source for whom “epistemic closure” is a phrase they use more often than “is this gluten free?”


Does it feature an underlying belief that the biggest problem facing the country is modern conservative intransigence? Of course. Does it claim the Republican Party can’t win elections because of their radical agenda even as they hold a majority of states and the largest majority in Congress in almost a century? Why yes. Does it include a lot of anonymous quotes and non-anonymous quotes from people like John Feehery about why the Tea Party is a gigantic problem? Duh. Does it lament the passing of respectable conservatives like William F. Buckley, while ignoring the fact that he was absolutely vilified by the same liberal elite that now uses him to attack the right? You betcha. Does it attack conservative views on Scissors-32x32.png

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Mitch McConnell Promises “Peace in Our Time”

By: Leon H. Wolf (Diary) | August 5th, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Butchers are killing unborn children and selling their parts for money and your tax dollars are going to the company that employs them. Not to worry, though, John Cornyn is not going to let this interfere with the Senate calendar, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% is not going to let it inconvenience the operation of optional government services:


Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% (R-Ky.) says he will not allow a government shutdown this fall and has pledged to begin talks “at some point.”


McConnell on Tuesday said he is willing to negotiate with Democrats to solve the funding impasse, after refusing for weeks to participate in the budget summit they have been calling for.


“Let me say it again, no more government shutdowns,” he told reporters.


He added that he would find a way forward “through negotiations.”



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Understanding the Vichy Republicans

By: Leon H. Wolf (Diary) | August 6th, 2015 at 04:30 AM

Yesterday, I wrote that McConnell’s pre-emptive surrender on the Planned Parenthood defunding fight in order to maintain peace with the Democrats made him equivalent to a modern day Neville Chamberlain. With the news that McConnell is actively engaging Democrats in a joint effort to defeat the defunding fight and avoid the showdown, it is apparent that the more apt historical parallel is actually Philippe Pétain, leader of Vichy France in World War II. It’s helpful to understand why Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% is the way he is and why he must be replaced as leader of the Republicans.


Perhaps no historical figure experienced a more total and complete fall from grace than Pétain. Pétain was perhaps the single most important French hero in the victory over the Germans in World War I. His steady leadership at the pivotal battle of Verdun and his calm hand in quelling the French army mutinies in 1917 were probably the single most important factors in the ultimate Entente victory over the Germans. In France, Pétain became a hero Scissors-32x32.png


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