05 Jan 2012

A Ceiling, a Crackup and the End of a Dream?

It’s an interesting fact that Mitt Romney, after outspending both Ron Paul and Rick Santorum and the rest of the Republican field by millions of dollars, can’t seem to break out above a ceiling of around a quarter of the conservative base. Pollster John Zogby and others have made this point in the

04 Jan 2012

The Bachmann Flameout Finale

Well there you have it, one of the Tea Party’s own heroines, Michelle Bachmann has finally seen the light on her flawed and floundering pretense of a campaign for the American presidency. Quoting Bachmann: “I have decided to stand aside… I have no regrets, none whatsoever. We never compromised our principles.”

02 Jan 2012

Will Iowa’s Conservatives Outsmart Themselves?

As we head into the Iowa Caucuses a burning question remains just below the surface, one which won’t be clear until the final tallies are completed. That question is: Will Iowa’s conservatives outsmart themselves in their pursuit of ideological purity and in the process, ensure the election of a progressive in

16 Dec 2011

With Friends Like This….

One would think that former Iowa Congressman Fred Grandy (R-IA) would be a welcomed addition to Newt Gingrich’s field of supporters, however when you look deeper into the antics of Grandy you’d probably think otherwise. Newt’s New Endorser: OWS is a Muslim Brotherhood Plot!; http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/newt-new-endorser-ows-muslim-brotherhood-plot   Grandy, never at a loss

16 Dec 2011

A Tea Party Felon?

Mr. Mark Meckler, founder of Tea Party Patriots apparently has a different interpretation of the Second Amendment than the one understood by the New York Port Authority Police Department. Meckler was arrested yesterday for possessing an unlicensed firearm while attempting to board a flight at LaGuardia Airport. “The tea party

03 Dec 2011

Cain Train Runs Off The Tracks, Is Anyone Surprised?

Well there you have it the Herman Cain debacle is now officially semi-complete . But in reality Cain’s hopes to be president are now thoroughly at an end, campaign spin notwithstanding. “Herman Cain Suspending 2012 Campaign For President”;http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/03/herman-cain-suspending-presidential-campaign_n_1126331.html To wit: “Herman Cain announced on Saturday that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican

01 Dec 2011

Is There Any Bottom To the Tea Party Decline?

In the run up to the 2010 elections and in the aftermath, I theorized that the net effect of the Tea Party on the Republican Party and American politics in general, would be negative. Like many others, I detailed the turn in the tide in the movement’s popularity in “The

29 Nov 2011

Why We Still Need Regulation

It has been a constant refrain emanating from the right, that there’s too much regulation in the American economy and that its stifling growth and job creation. Well, I will be the first to say that where we find unneeded regulation, outdated regulation or poorly conceived regulation we should eliminate it.

27 Nov 2011

Pepper Spray As Food – How Ridiculous!

Ya gotta laugh at the strenuous attempts that where made last week trying to defend or legitimize Foxs’ Megyn Kelly’s ridiculous claim that after all pepper spray is “food product, essentially.” After a point, all you can do is laugh at the ridiculous claim that pepper spray is “essentially a

27 Nov 2011

Pepper Spray Abuse and The Constitution?

In assessing the use of force applied to Occupy Wall Street protestors it is important to understand the concept of the “Use of Force Continuum” and the appropriate level of response that comes with each step of that continuum. That is to say, there is a corresponding acceptable level of appropriate enforcement response for each