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Chris Christie: Stuck in Traffic

Chris Christie: Stuck in Traffic
Chris Christie’s political scandal is shocking for so many different reasons. Here are three that immediately come to mind: 1) How could Mr. Christie’s staffers (or the governor himself) think that sabotaging city infrastructure and creating havok on the George Washington Bridge – one of the state’s most heavily trafficked arteries – would be the best... Read more »

The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy

The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy
After seeing his poll numbers hit record low marks last year, President Obama and his team of advisers adopted a more aggressive public posture towards Republican opposition, as well as a born-again populist agenda around the theme of economic justice that appeared front and center during the President’s State of the Union address. The Fighting... Read more »

The State of the Union... in Roscoe Village

As President Obama prepared to address the nation on Tuesday, Chicago residents from across the city poured into the Village Tap on Roscoe and Hoyne, one of Roscoe Village’s favorite watering holes, to attend the official Organizing for America (OFA) State of the Union viewing party.  President Obama’s State of the Union was well-received in... Read more »

Vote for Rahm and Move Chicago Forward

After two decades of rule under Chicago’s benevolent dictator, Mayor Richard M. Daley, democracy has returned to the city of Chicago. Unfortunately, our mayoral candidates have not lived up to the moment, with the exception of Rahm Emanuel. While Emanuel has not been forced to talk about policy as much as one would have hoped,... Read more »

What the Tea Party Gets Right... and Wrong

The midterm election results have validated the Tea Party as a bona fide player in American politics. It’s certainly possible that we are witnessing the Tea Party’s finest hour and that the movement could fade from prominence as the economy recovers. Nevertheless, let’s give credit where credit is due – the Tea Party has already... Read more »

The Tea Party Rocks GOP Primaries

Last week was good for the Tea Party, but a potentially devastating one for the GOP. Two Tea Party candidates emerged victorious in primary races over their more moderate Republican colleges. Carl Paladino edged out Rick Lazio to become New York’s GOP gubernatorial candidate and, more significantly, Christine O’Donnell upset Mike Castle in the race... Read more »

The Republicans Make Dangerous Noises on Immigration

Election years generally make for outrageous political posturing – especially during primary season. (Remember Joe Plumber?) Yet, even seasoned political commentators have been thoroughly surprised (and in my case disappointed) by the GOP’s latest statements on the Fourteenth Amendment.  GOP Senators McCain and Graham The Fourteenth Amendment contains the Citizenship Clause, which states that any person... Read more »

Conservatives Liberals Should Like

A friend pointed out that my posts to date have not been complimentary of the Republican Party or the conservative movement. It’s true that I am immensely disappointed with today’s GOP and the extreme right-wing talking heads embodied by the Rush Limbaughs and Michael Savages of the world. Yet, I do not wish to use this... Read more »

Joke's on the Tea Party

As Chris Cillizza reported in today’s Washington Post, data from a new Gallup poll suggests Tea Partiers are not the independent-minded, organic movement described by the mainstream media – rather, they are marching in lockstep with the Republican Party.  This might be good news for the GOP in the short term, but Tea Partiers are bound... Read more »

Note to GOP: It's Not 1980 Anymore

“Lower taxes, less government”.  These four words have defined the conservative movement for a generation. The slogan is short, simple and easy-to-understand. It effectively resonates with the American ethos of entrepreneurialism and implied distrust of federal authority. The conservative movement’s standard-bearer – Ronald Reagan – was so successful at communicating this message that it has... Read more »