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The Impending Crisis Over Impeachment

This piece lately ran in newspapers in my very red congressional district (VA-06). ************************************ The issue of presidential impeachments in our times demonstrates how, in their...

Principled Opposition, Not Unpatriotic Obstructionism

A lot of fuzzy-headed confusion, and unwarranted panic, seem to be swirling around the question of how the Democrats should deal -- or refuse...

How to Counter the GOP Cashing In On Its Years of...

The other day, I read an article -- by John Fund in the National Review -- that talked about the clouds over Hillary Clinton...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Calling the Republicans’ Bluff

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) cuts to the heart of the debate over the government shutdown, in a must-view speech on the Senate floor.

She exposes the fundamental contradiction at the heart of the Republicans' message: that they are all about hating government in general, yet they almost always refrain from attacking the essential functions the government performs -- because those functions have overwhelming public support. She reveals the way to overcome the spell of the "anarchy crowd" -- answer their vague, blanket attacks on government with specific references to all the good, popular programs that our government delivers every day:

When I hear the latest tirades from some of the extremists in the House, I am struck by how vague these complaints are. The anarchy gang is quick to malign government. But when was the last time anyone called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children's toys?  Or for food inspectors to stop checking whether the meat in our grocery stores is crawling with deadly bacteria? Or for the FDA to ignore whether morning sickness drugs will cause horrible deformities in little babies? We never hear that, not from political leaders in Washington, and not from the American people.

She then blows away the entire Tea Party ideology in one sentence:  "The boogeyman government, like the boogeyman under your bed, is not real."