These are our Republicans folks … there are no other “good ones” waiting in the wings to correct things.

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Classical “republicanism” was all about the sovereignty of the people:  of the people, by the people and for the people.

I truly wish that our current Republican Party were truly in that category.

However, these ain’t those folks.

These are “Fox News Republicans,” dancing arm-in-arm and in lockstep to the music of Big Money. “Of the people, by the people and for the people” is the least thing on their minds.

These folks have taken the NFL’s “Lombardi Doctrine” to an obscene extremity in prostituting their pretend allegiance to our country at the feet of a corporate capitalist presidential shyster.

Led by Trump, the Fox News Republican Party has sold us out because for them winning has been the ONLY THING.

For years now we have seen, read and heard Republicans posturing as “patriots” who with ugly disingenuity proclaim that welfare corporate capitalism is really the ideal of American society. This has been a blatant attempt by Fox News Republicans to claim ownership of our cultural and philosophical high ground.

If you buy into the sales pitch that Fox News Republicans represent our purest American values you have purchased the snake oil. You have fallen for the so-called “art of the deal,” and in doing so you have probably assumed that such snake oil is the liniment for “making America great again.”

I agree with Shawn Vestal of Spokesman-Review

Vestal: McMorris Rodgers backs GOP health care plan stripping insurance from Eastern Washington’s poor

Recall, if you will, the words of Cathy McMorris Rodgers, uttered in a press conference in the Capitol on Jan. 10:

“Let me be clear. No one who has coverage because of Obamacare today will lose that coverage. We’re providing relief. We aren’t going to pull the rug out from anyone.”

This was a surprising, even shocking, statement from McMorris Rodgers, who is part of a team whose goal has always clearly been based on just that: yanking that rug, hard, to lower taxes for the wealthy.

But, because this is a difficult thing to come right out and say in decent company, McMorris Rodgers and her fellow House repealniks have danced and dodged, finessed and fudged, omitted and insinuated that what they’re doing will not be bad for the millions and millions of Americans who obtained health insurance under Obamacare.

Her statement on Jan. 10, though, was of a different order than the usual slip-sliding. It was a clearcut, seemingly humane, recognition of a sense of responsibility for the potential effects of what she and her fellows were trying to do.

Which is probably why it didn’t seem even remotely true. That was confirmed later the same day, when a spokeswoman for the congresswoman launched the moonshot of oily political weaseling: McMorris Rodgers, the spokeswoman said, had misspoken. She meant to say “people who are covered under Obamacare will not lose coverage the day the bill is repealed.”

Ah yes. The day of. After that, though …

Read the opening paragraph by Abby Zimet, staff writer at Common Dreams.

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Rant time. The obscenities and idiocies of Thursday’s proposed budget are almost limitless.

Egregious examples: Slashing Meals on Wheels, which feeds a half million veterans and many (often-Trump voting) elderly residents while allowing them to stay at home, when one $3,000,000 golf trip to Mar-a-lago would cover 419,000 meals and, by year’s end at this rate, 20 million meals.

Cutting an annual National Endowment for the Arts budget that will only cover Melania’s security at Trump Tower for almost five months.

Cutting National Historic Sites funding that will give her a couple more months, or PBS, which is only worth three weeks.

Hiking the defense budget $54 billion for more war, which could fund conflict resolution work at the Institute of Peace for 1,543 years; their funding will instead be cut.

Slicing funding for low-income housing that could cause a new epidemic of homelessness. And, in one more vote for death and destruction, slashing climate change and other environmental programs as “a waste of your money.”

And please tell me how the public good would be served – what socially redeeming effect – would justify this:

Are we willing to concede that the Fox News Republican politics, culture and philosophy are more American than anyone else’s?

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When a Kindergarten fiscal Konservative asks, “How ya gonna pay fer it?” , here’s your answer.

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When a Kindergarten fiscal Konservative asks, “How ya gonna pay fer it?” , here’s your answer.
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On Republican rationale for “reforming” health care, education, and all the other pious patriotic talk about supposedly wanting our country to “live within a budget” …
Hell that’s what most of us have always had to do (well those of us who learned how to spend less than we take in). We’ve always done that.
So how come we don’t look at all our budget expenses and adjust spending according to legitimate Constitutional priorities , i.e. the “insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare” stuff?
How much – regardless of which party is in charge – are we spending on the following … and why?
Ask your Congresspersons that question. Ask them to tell you why we need to spend so much on this particular budget item at the expense of, say, universal health care, free college education, housing solutions for homelessness.
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Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (American Empire Project) Chalmers Johnson and it’s $10 on Kindle and less than $15 in paperback

To the Washington Fifth District: What your congresswoman is up to …

House Speaker Paul Ryan And GOP House Leadership Address The Media After Weekly Conference Meeting

On our Fifth District’s Congressional Representative … and she is more representative of something else than she is the well being of her district.

As I read through her list of accomplishments, I was struck by the sum of those accomplishments – which amounted to nothing more than doing her job – what she was elected to do.

There was nothing outstanding in her list which was written to imply that she had accomplished the kind of spectacular success that a lesser politician might have failed to do. There was nothing in her resume that could not have been as easily accomplished and bragged about by a Democrat.

What is in her particular resume, however, (if you do your research) is that she suborned her priorities to the priorities of her party. In doing so McMorris Rodgers team-worked herself onto the starting party team. In that regard, she and her team did not spend as much time on their constituency concerns as they could have. They were busy wasting tax-payer time attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare” to their constituent choirs) more than 50 times since its passage. The statute was enacted in 2010 which means that Republicans wasted money and ignored more pressing problems an average of ten times every year through 2016.

Check out what Cathy McMorris Rodgers is doing right now in addition to dodging constituent town hall meetings:

While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills

1. H.R. 861: To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

This bill — cosponsored by Republican members of Congress from fossil fuel-producing states — is just one sentence long, and says nothing about what would happen to the multiple environmental regulations the EPA has instituted since 1970, or its multibillion-dollar budget, or its thousands of staffers. H.R. 861 is currently awaiting action in the subcommittee on environment.

2. H.R. 610: Tax dollars for private schools

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced this bill in January, which would redistribute funding earmarked for public schools in the form of vouchers for parents to send children to private schools. Over the long term, this would eventually bankrupt public schools, and create a stratified education system in which cash-strapped public schools would be unable to meet the educational needs of low-income students. The bill is awaiting action in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

3. H.R. 899: To terminate the Department of Education

If this bill, introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), becomes law, the U.S. Department of Education would terminate by the end of 2018. The bill’s brevity leaves many questions unanswered, like what would happen with Department of Education grants for public schools and universities, its budget, or its staff. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said she would personally be “fine” if the agency she heads were to be abolished.

4. H.J.R. 69: To repeal a rule protecting wildlife

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), whose constituents likely include hunters who kill wildlife for sport rather than for food, introduced this joint resolution voicing displeasure with a Department of Interior rule that prohibits “non-subsistence” hunting in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. The resolution passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

5. H.R. 370: To repeal the Affordable Care Act

While President Obama was in office, House Republicans voted at least 60 times to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — despite its futility. However, the Trump administration has made the repeal of Obamacare a top priority, meaning the repeal bill from Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) is likely to pass.

The Truth About the GOP Healthcare Plan

6. H.R. 354: To defund Planned Parenthood

Despite the widely publicized debunking of the video alleging the women’s health nonprofit was selling human organs, Republicans are still refusing to stop destroying Planned Parenthood. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) introduced a bill that would prevent any federal grants from going to Planned Parenthood for a full year unless they swore to not perform abortions. As the chart below from Planned Parenthood shows, only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood resources go toward abortions, while the vast majority of funding is used to help low-income women get STD tests, contraceptive care, and breast cancer screenings:

7. H.R. 785: National Right-to-Work legislation

Conservative ideologue Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is aiming to cripple unions at the nationwide level with a bill that would systematically deprive labor unions of the funding they need to operate. Unions often provide one of the crucial pillars of support for Democratic candidates and causes, and conservatives aim to destroy them once and for all by going after their funding. It’s important to note that right-to-work is bad for all workers, not just union members — in 2015, the Economic Policy Institute learned that wages in right-to-work states are roughly 3.2 percent lower than in non-right-to-work states.

8. H.R. 83: Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act

Multiple cities and states around the country have openly stated that they won’t abide by President Trump’s plan to aggressively round up and deport undocumented immigrants. A bill by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania) would strip all federal funding of any city that doesn’t obey Trump’s immigration policies for up to a year.

9. H.R. 147: To criminalize abortion

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) wants to aggressively prosecute pregnant women seeking abortions, along with abortion providers, by making abortion a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill is currently awaiting action in the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

To fight back against these bills, call 202-224-3121, ask for your member of Congress, and tell them to vote no.

When the going gets tough, the Republican Toughies hide

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Cowards of the county … real snowflakes …. genuine cut-and-runs … bait-and-switchers … like the one we got in Eastern Washington District 5 who is touted as the most powerful Republican woman in the House.

They got nothing.

They wanted to run things … they got their wish … no one to blame but themselves and can’t dodge that bullet.

GOP Leaders Hiding From Angry Constituents To Avoid Obamacare Questions

By the way, Tom Cotton is the “big tough guy who committed borderline treason by sending a letter to Iran telling them not to comply with the Iran nuclear agreement, directly undercutting the President of the United States, that guy, the military guy, big tough guy, you know, he is running away from his constituents.”

 

The Republican Party still wants to repeal Obamacare. The Republican Party still has no idea what they’re going to replace Obamacare with. They know that, but more importantly, the public knows that and that’s why over the last couple of weeks, people have been showing up to offices of Republican representatives demanding answers, saying tell us what you’re going to replace it with. They’re not even necessarily saying don’t replace it, don’t get rid of it. They’re just saying, “We need to know that a replacement will be in place the second you repeal this, and we want to know what it is. After all, we elected you. We put you in office. The least you could do is tell us what you’re working on.”, but the public knows the answer. They know that the Republicans have absolutely nothing in the pipeline that would indicate that they have a replacement ready to go for Obamacare.

…It’s not just Tom Cotton. Peter Roskam in Illinois, same thing. His office is no longer taking calls. They’re not accepting any calls from angry constituents wanting to know what the replacement’s going to be. They’re not taking calls from people who just want to know what you want to repeal it. Can you just answer that question and tell us why and not because Obama did it and not because you want a patient-centered healthcare plan? As Paul Ryan likes to say, fancy words that mean absolutely nothing. Patient-centered? Seriously, what does that mean, Republicans? Representative Barbara Comstock, same thing, hiding from her constituents, just like Tom Cotton and just like the entire Republican party right now.

They just want to talk to the senator.


“I’m no threat to the Senator  or his staff.

Republican Fraud-in-progress.

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A so-called “overhaul” to rescue Social Security is another Republican Fraud-in-progress.
Denial of the need for economic decisions and actions that could slow or reverse global warning and a deteriorating global ecology is another Republican Fraud-in-progress.
Tax cuts disguised as tax reform is another Republican Fraud-in-progress..Personal “ownership” of a means by which we can afford health care is another Republican Fraud-in-progress.

Medicare Reform is a Republican Fraud-in-progress.

Suppression of wages, unions and employee retirement plans as a means of “growing the economy” is another Republican Fraud-in-progress.

These are part of the larger overall fraud of an economic religion that compares with a pretended Christian Capitalism. Led by economic theologies spewing forth from an assortment of corporate-sponsored think tanks and theoretical strategists the economic theology of number-crunched corporate capitalism is as sterile and empty as the whited-sepulchre of literal Christianity’s ‘innerant and absolute Bible.”

Both are fixed and inflexible ideologies built upon concepts and extrapolations now turned to stone. Neither take into account the most powerful force that always successfully resists mindless adherence to a fixed dogma … human nature.

Current self-appointed born-again purveyors of economic theory inevitably run into problems when human masses don’t follow the playbook. Just as many Christians have demonstrated that not all of us willingly live lives as blind followers of rigid Scribes and judgemental Pharisees, we all do not manage our economic lives according to some wise and proven dogma of capitalism.

Christian history has demonstrated overwhelmingly the human capacity for unrighteous dominion, crusades, inquisitions and outright murder. Identically, economic history is replete with evidence of the human capacity for unrighteous economic dominion, economic crusade, inquisition, manipulation and in some cases the outright murder of citizens who did not attend the official economic church.

Corporate capitalism lies behind election fraud – an action that betrays any notion that unrestricted free-market activity is driven by a natural desire of all participants for the highest good of all concerned.
Corporate capitalism and its dark sinfulness of greed and self-interest lie behind election fraud and moves already in progress to redistribute the wealth in this country.
Rescue of Social Security by gutting it,
protecting the environment by raping it,
taxing more of the poor and less of the rich,
putting more and more citizens out of reach of affordable health care,
and suppression of wages and benefits are not tenets of an economic theory or policy that reflects the intention of achieving the highest good for all concerned.

They are in fact high evidence of pursuit of so-called Darwinian economics – the survival of the most aggressive at the expense of the most vulnerable.

Such is what is at stake when we let corporate media tempt us to look the other way while the fox raids the henhouse.
Such is what is at stake if we let our apathy dominate our sense of American freedom and the power of democratic process.
All those self-important arrogant talking heads are absolutely not smarter than we are.

But they sure like to pretend that they are.

Are we going to pretend they’re right?

To know and understand the reality-challenged assumptions made by a political party dominated by its base’ s 4th-grade level

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To know and understand the reality-challenged assumptions made by a political party dominated by its base’ s 4th-grade level response to faux political lunchmeat from talk jocks and the flagship propaganda news network.
This from the chief strategist for the Romney campaign:

The Flat-Earth Set Helped Donald Trump Hijack the GOP and Crash It Into the Ground – His candidacy, aimed at an electorate that no longer exists, is a classic example of losing five bucks on every sale and trying to make it up in volume. – dailybeast.com

Donald Trump is the perfect candidate for those who have argued it should be easy for a Republican to win the White House. He’s spent over a year screaming at the president and Hillary Clinton, calling our largest neighbors “rapists” and stirring up religious bigotry. In a country founded on religious freedom, he’s called for a religious test to enter the United States.

In the flat-earth world, Trump should be headed to a landslide. He’s running against a Democratic opponent who faced a fierce primary, historically one of the keys to winning the White House. Rarely does the White House remain in the same party for three terms. Hillary Clinton is hardly a fresh face and started the general election with high negatives. This should be a cake walk for the angry candidate building an army of missing white voters. How’s it working?

 

“Trump deserves the award for Hispanic turnout. He did more to get them out than any Democrat has ever done.”

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The Latino surge of 2016: Early voting points toward the real “hidden voters” of this election?

There are millions of these newly energized voters all over the country and they are voting in vast numbers. With Trump’s threats and Clinton’s outreach, after this election they will very likely be Democrats with a lot of clout in a party that has an agenda that might actually be able to deliver for them. If Trump’s voters can cool down and clear their heads, they might realize they’d be better off standing with these folks than against them.

 Latinos … possibly the smartest voters in the country. And I have to agree with that famous republican buddy of John McCain. As Sen. Lindsey Graham has put it,

“Trump deserves the award for Hispanic turnout. He did more to get them out than any Democrat has ever done.”

Long term Reflublican problems with motivated voters coming.

Breaking news on the Constitution-loving … Hatch Act-violating … sunshine-patriot … ranking Republican from Utah in the House of Representatives:

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Don’t ya just hate folks who look stuff up?

“Here is the statement by a senior Democratic congressional aide (emphasis in original):
Democratic Ranking Members on the relevant committees didn’t receive Comey’s letter until after the Republican Chairmen. In fact, the Democratic Ranking Members didn’t receive it until after the the Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz, tweeted it out and made it public.

If true, this implies that FBI Director Comey may have deliberately helped Republicans by giving them a heads-up about his bombshell letter while depriving Democrats in Congress of an equal opportunity to consider its contents and prepare their reaction to it in the media.

This may constitute evidence of intent to influence the presidential election, which would be a violation of the Hatch Act. If Comey had acted evenhandedly, he would have sent the letter to both Republican and Democratic members of Congress at the same time.
James Comey’s reckless and possibly illegal actions as FBI Director in this case need to be investigated. He is the story now — not Hillary Clinton’s emails.”
(my source:Eric Stetson, dailykos.com)

Where are the voting hoards with pitchforks demanding repeal of Obamacare?

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I agree with Joan McCarter at Daily Kos. The only folks demanding a repeal of Obamacare are Republican politicians. Those are the ones who’ve wasted years making phonygate mountains out of occasional molehills.

Where are the voting hoards with pitchforks demanding repeal of Obamacare?

It’s days until the election and like the three previous contests, Obamacare has once again been a focus of Republicans, who continue to run on the concrete promise to repeal the law and the extremely mushy promise of replacing it. Which no one in the voting public believes anymore. They so much don’t believe it that they’ve moved on from Obamacare repeal (except for the dead-ender Republicans) and just really wish someone would do something about drug prices.- Joan McCarter on Daily.cos.com

More on why this party needs a time out

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In our predominantly two-party system one of them is no longer credible as a party that knows or controls its own constituency; a party that is proving to have no idea how to govern wisely. Take a seat folks until you are ready and able to make and honor promises.

New York Times on a party falling apart

Having been embroiled in partisan advocacy for years, I reached a place of understanding that one man’s scandal is another man’s opportunity to exploit in the name of furthering his own cause. Getting burnt out with the frustration of partisan participation, I am possessed by anger and outrage with “everybody’s emails” and not the petard upon which those with whom I disagree are currently being hoisted.

That’s why Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice have said what they said about Benghazi as a “stupid witch hunt.”

The issue is merely the current scandal around what has become SOP (standard operating politics):

… the ongoing scandal of our continuing loss of civic wisdom,
… loss of our understanding of civic duty
… and our seeming social ignorance of how low-functioning our representatives and representation has become.

This business of Benghazi for example s is nothing more and nothing less than that.

Specifically I am angry about low-functioning politics in both parties. I am angry that my community has reelected several times a U.S. representative whose party has done very little civically for the good of our community and nation — because, for example, they’ve been too busy trying to repeal the ACA more than 50 times.

I’m angry about lobby money in government,
… about willful obstruction and refusal to follow the Constitution in ALL things and not just the areas where someone feels they can make someone else look bad.

That’s one of the big things I learned from my teacher in his government class in high school. I listened to him, believed him and thought more of what he taught than all the fortune, glory and social rewards of being a teen musician and athlete.

Making someone else look bad is not good civic duty nor is it good politics.

At my age, I’ve pretty much had it with politics. It’s out of our hands and the boomer generation – even with a boomer president (the last we will probably have unless civic ignorance continues) – needs to take its hands off the steering wheel and foot off the accelerator.

It’s not our world anymore and many of us are deluded in thinking that our collective aged wisdom has all the right answers. That’s why civic participation among all ages is so important.

I think that once this election is over I’ll do better for myself by working on another novel, more poetry and taking my sweetheart on a long drive to look at Fall colors in the trees.

On removing the Republican majority in the House and Senate. Here’s why and I fully agree:

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Article published here in its entirety as it was mailed to me by the author.

The rats are quickly jumping from the sinking ship of Trump. But not so fast, dear Republican senators and congressmen. Trump may have verbalized his misogyny, sexism and abuse of women into an open microphone, but over the past decades you – YOU – have LEGALIZED it. He may talk of “grabbing” sexual organs, but YOU have created laws that legally grab control over women’s bodies. Trump may brag about his power over women; YOU, the Republican legislators (and your backers, the Christian Right and rich businessmen), have made sure women aren’t paid the same as men, don’t have paid maternity leave, or can’t get easy access to birth control.Trump has been called “disgusting” for his remarks. But you, by actually blocking women’s equal rights, you’ve been rewarded for your misogyny with re-election, campaign cash and future lobbying jobs. You think by disowning Trump now that we, the people, are going be grateful to you. But we know that Trump is only the natural result of a Republican culture that has viciously fought the women’s agenda for years. Trump hasn’t destroyed your party; he’s your end game, the grim reaper from the seeds you have sown, showing up now to preside over your demise. Defeating Trump, or pushing him to drop out, is NOT what will make this right for the majority of us Americans. Like any good doctor, we need to remove the cancer from its source, and that source is you.

Don’t try to make Mike Pence out to be some sane, better alternative. This guy was behind the legislation to require women who have an abortion to hold an actual funeral for the fetus! The rest of you have tried to kill Planned Parenthood and many other things that make life a bit easier for women.

Trump bragged to Billy Bush about his “grabbing pussy.” But those of you who are the elected officials, who have spent this weekend decrying Trump with your crocodile wails of “shame” and trying to distance yourselves from him, YOU are the ones who’ve been “grabbing” women the legal way by passing laws that, in effect, assault them. It is an assault to pay women less. It is an assault to block day care for all. It is an assault – and a form of gender apartheid – when only 20% of Congress is women, the majority gender.

As far as I’m concerned, there are 54 Trumps in the US Senate and 237 Trumps in the House. You can’t make this look good by removing your endorsement from Trump. Yes, Trump has to go — but so do you, all of you. Starting with the election on November 8th, we need to show up at the polls and remove as many of you as possible. This abuse of women stops now. I believe that most women and many men are going to determine their vote with this one thought, thanks to you and Trump:

“YOU’RE EITHER WITH WOMEN, OR YOU’RE AGAINST THEM.”

And if you’re against women, you’re over. There’s a fourth wave of feminism afoot now — and you are going to be its first casualties.

Or, as I prefer to see it, its first victory.

Thank you for letting the American public see your true (orange) face. I’m glad you “grabbed” our attention and mobIlized the masses against you. The only thing sweeter than seeing the lot of you gone would be a 50-state sweep for Hillary.
GOP, RIP?

— Michael Moore

Worth the read … from the Spokane Spokesman Review

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Tom Foley and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Illustration by Molly Quinn) -Spokane Spokesman Review

About the polarized relationship that has moved beyond electoral partisan politics and now infects our personal relationships … this excellent analysis critical of all sides is worth the read.

Under Eastern Washington runs a fault line that has jolted U.S. politics

In 1994, 5th District voters booted out the Speaker of the House.

Nationwide, Republicans that year seized a majority in both houses of Congress for the first time since the 1950s. A now-familiar map of red states spread from the South up through the country’s midsection. The health insurance industry’s “Harry and Louise” ads crushed President Bill Clinton’s effort to reform health care. Republican leader and future House Speaker Newt Gingrich pushed a “Contract with America.” Christian conservatives flocked to the polls. Talk radio emerged as a force, raining rhetorical lava on liberals, Democrats and big government.

Voters showed the door to a generation of longtime legislators.

Most prominent among them was House Speaker Tom Foley, a Democrat, who for 30 years had represented the 5th District with bipartisan effectiveness, bringing home transforming benefits of federal power and money: farm subsidies, economic development, highway construction, social programs, environmental cleanup, higher education, military appropriations and the cultivation of foreign trade.

Even though Foley won in urban Spokane, he lost the election in the hinterlands – the same pattern now evident in the nation’s urban-rural divide.

Pundits were astonished. It was the first time since the Civil War that a speaker had lost his seat.

What were the voters thinking?

How come the smartest party (thinking they’re smarter than the President) does the dumbest things?

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If they’re so damned smart how come ” They also blamed the president for failing to adequately warn them against supporting the measure.”???

Thanks, Obama: Republicans blame the president for opening a can of worms by overriding his veto of 9/11 bill

Congress Now Blaming Obama For Its Embarrassing Override Of His Veto