When it comes to protecting constituents over protecting the NRA and the gun industry, at least 14 senators – all Republicans -- have lined up with the gun lobby to block any legislation that might make it tougher for the wrong people to stock up on AK-47s, Bushmasters and megaclips of ammo. Despite polls consistently showing overwhelming majorities of Americans – including Republicans and gun owners – want effective background checks and other measures, their loyalty lies elsewhere.
When caught in a meeting with campaign ads plotting ways to smear a potential opponent, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reacted with typical Nixonian double-speak by claiming to be the victim of a liberal plot.
President Obama had to apologize this week to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for calling her the best looking attorney general in the country. Some folks thought he was being sexist, but could it have been that Eric Holder was offended and sulking in his office at the Justice Department?
Republicans are struggling to get away from a reputation that one of their own, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, pinned on them: "the stupid party." Having lost more than 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in the last election, they have dropped their opposition to comprehensive immigration reform in the Congress, but the party remains divided between those who insist the focus on immigration should be greater border security and those who seek a way to integrate the millions who are already here and help the find a path to citizenship.
One of my all time favorite political cartoons showed a forest of snow-laden maple trees with taps and buckets for collecting the run off and each bearing a poster saying, "Yorty for President" for the presidential campaign then-Mayor of Los Angeles Sam Yorty. The caption read, "The sap is running in New Hampshire."