Category Archives: Federal

Is partisanship really the problem?

Moderate is a word that is thrown around a lot, usually by self-interested politicians who want to appear rational, reasonable, and independently minded. Usually, you are defined as a moderate if you step outside your political party’s orthodoxy with relative frequency, and assert some opinions that are closer to those on “the other side” than […]

Maine could decide the presidential election

If you think your vote doesn’t matter on election day because you live in Maine, think again.  There is a very, very real possibility Maine — particularly Maine’s second congressional district, could decide the election. One electoral vote?  Yes.  One electoral vote. Let’s start by taking a look at the state of the race as […]

Going nuclear: Why we need obstruction in the Senate

Thursday afternoon, Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, finally made use of the so-called “nuclear option” and eliminated the filibuster on judicial nominees. Majoritarians everywhere rejoice! This is a pretty easy public relations gambit by Reid and his ilk. After all, the thing that frustrates the American people more than anything about their […]

A rose by any other name

There was a time when people on the political left called themselves “liberals.” At some point in the late 20th century — particularly after the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s — it became clear to people that the word “liberal” had become a dirty word. Describing someone as such would immediately impact their favorability ratings […]

Do as I say, not as I do

Hypocrisy, thy name is the American left. A government shutdown, according to the Democrats, is an amoral assault on American values. It is something that should never be done, under any circumstances, as it threatens to wipe out the American economy, destroy the lives of ordinary Americans and possibly invite the beginning of the apocalypse. […]

Mike Michaud and an inconvenient fact

In his long political career, being cautious has been the hallmark of being U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd district. That’s what makes his recent claim about Maine losing jobs so surprising. He has never been out front on any major political issue while in Congress. Indeed, quite the opposite, as he has melted into the […]