As time passes, the usefulness of the party labels “Democrat” and “Republican” as a reliable shorthand for policy preference seems to be falling away. Bipartisan coalitions for bills are there in the 113th Congress, if you look beyond the headlines for them.
Consider the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (also known as the “GPS Act”), [...]
Two inter-linked 501c4 corporations that refuse to disclose their donors are hip-deep in plans to throw their money behind as-yet unnamed candidates in the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. To justify their existence, Americans Elect and No Labels make the same claim: that American politics is wracked by hyperpartisanship. There’s just one problem with that [...]
Ask the National Rifle Association whether it is a partisan organization, and it will issue strenuous denials.
NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox:
The political reality is that we have President Obama, who had at one point 60 Democratic votes in the Senate and a 39-vote margin in the House. If [...]
Anyone who seeks to overturn the nasty totalitarian laws of the Bush-Obama era will need to cobble together a coalition of the minority of conscientious Democrats, the minority of conscientious Republicans, and the minority of independents who are actually paying attention. [...]
There’s a lesson for President Obama in his stumble. Stick to your principles, and you’ll persuade. [...]
In this rather mild market environment, we’re supposed to believe that Wall Street is in crisis, and needs hundreds of billions of dollars that we may never get back. It doesn’t take a genius to see the flaws in this assertion. [...]