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Res ipsa loquitur – the matter speaks for itself

Donald Trump's lame apology, followed by the even lamer remarks of Dave Brat.  Thank goodness Eileen Bedell had intelligent things to say!  The CBS...

Audio: Dave Brat Really, Really Needs to Go

Yes, Dave Brat needs to go: check this out. The far superior alternative: click here.

Brat-Blackburn: You Can’t Get Much Craaaazier (or More Extreme) Than This!

We already know that Rep. Dave Brat is an Ayn Randian, far-right extremist, who even Virginia's leading conservative blog calls the Commonwealth's "most useless...

Eileen Bedell vs. Dave Brat: Who Would You Rather Have Representing...

by Jon Taylor, cross posted from Blue Louisa For those of you unfamiliar with Eileen Bedell, the Democratic nominee in the 7th Congressional District, let me paraphrase...

If Clinton/Kaine Win Virginia by 12 Points, What Could That Mean...

On Sunday, CBS News came out with a poll showing Clinton/Kaine defeating Trump/Pence in Virginia by 12 points (49%-37%). There have been other polls...

Meet the New Boss, The Same as the Old Boss

Cross-posted at Daily Kos

In George Orwell's Animal Farm, the pigs on Mr. Jones' farm lead an animal revolt against him - a revolution based on high principles, which one by one the pigs violate as they begin to act like the men they replaced.  As the pigs start walking on two legs, they replace their slogan "Four legs good, two legs bad" with the new, improved "Four legs good, two legs better."

I thought of Orwell as I listened to Dave Brat's latest speech celebrating his victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor - and announcing his choice of Cantor's former political director to be his new campaign manager.  Well, that revolution didn't last long, did it?

The media, of course, has been full of commentary about the Tea Party "revolt" against the "Republican establishment".  But we've heard too few good explanations of what this "revolt" is really about.

If you were to search for the core of modern conservatism - the driving force and principle at the heart of it - you will find that it is not fundamentally driven by religion, by prejudice, by support for the military, by love of guns or rural values.  All of these perspectives are certainly important, particularly to the GOP grassroots.  But what drives this party - more than ever before - is the money, support and agenda of the most enormous corporations on Earth.  This is the party of the Koch Brothers, the party of ALEC, the party of Exxon-Mobil and Wall Street.