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Mary Phillips-Sandy
  • President Obama Will Be Re-Elected Today

    Wait, didn't we do this already, back in November? Yes, WE did, but the Electoral College hasn't cast its votes yet. And as we all know, you can't spell 'electoral' without 'Electoral College.'

    The suspense is unbearable:

    No one is expecting anything but a routine process Monday for Obama, who decisively won the popular vote last month, earning 332 pledged electoral votes to Mitt Romney's 206.

    There have been some electoral defectors in the past, but they've been rare.

    'No one' might be a bit of an exaggeration.

    There are probably at least a few thousand Ron Paul supporters who haven't given up hope.

    Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, Election Day 2012, Electoral College
  • Meet Tim Scott, Your New Jim DeMint

    Earlier this month Jim DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate in January to run the Heritage Foundation, perhaps because the Wingnuts of America Foundation isn't hiring.

    This meant that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got to pick someone to replace him, and today she will announce her choice: Rep. Tim Scott, a Tea Partier who joined Congress during the Republican midterm victory in 2010. What is his deal?

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    Tags: Guns, Jim DeMint, Nikki Haley, Religion, South Carolina, Tea Party, Tea Party Express, Tim Scott, Twitter
  • Will We Have a Conversation About Guns?

    You probably spent a lot of time this weekend reading or watching the news, even though the news is awful to absorb and too terrible to comprehend, because all of us want to know what happened, and how, and why, and what happens next. That's sort of our thing, in America: we talk about stuff, from the trivial (Kim Kardashian's butt) to the profound (is health care a right or a privilege?), and we do it freely and openly and, often, in partnership with our elected officials. There are probably several members of Congress who can articulate clear opinions about Kim Kardashian's butt.

    So you can imagine our surprise when, after the tragic events in Newtown last Friday, we learned that we are not having a conversation about guns. The White House said it was not time to have a conversation about guns, and the president gave a tearful statement that made vague reference to taking "meaningful action," and finally last night he gave a speech at a Newtown prayer vigil, saying he would "use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens [...] in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this."

    Okay. So are we having a conversation about guns, now? How about now? Are we doing it now?

    The funny thing is, even before last Friday people were expressing opinions about guns. They did it on Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr and on their blogs and on op-ed pages and in magazines and self-published zines and on radio shows and television programs. Why, we have joined the fray a few times ourselves. Even this weekend, while everyone was asking if we would have a conversation about guns, we were having a conversation about guns: Louie Gohmert said we should arm teachers to prevent school shootings, Mike Huckabee said gun violence happens because "we've removed God from our schools," and over 140,000 Americans said we should "immediately address the issue of gun control through legislation in Congress."

    This is a conversation. It's just missing a few voices.

    Maybe instead of asking when or if we'll have a conversation about guns, we should be asking why more people aren't joining the conversation that's been going on for decades. As for those who say we shouldn't have this conversation, or that we should minimize this conversation, well, that's one giant load of bull-hockey, no matter how you feel about gun control legislation. Talking, unlike some other activities, never hurt anybody.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Guns, Louie Gohmert, Mike Huckabee
  • Join Our Traditional Celebration of Tom Vilsack's Birthday

    Some of you may remember our Traditional Celebration of New Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. For those of you who do not remember that, click these words.

    Today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack turns 62. In the rural hamlet where I was raised, locals always marked the Agriculture Secretary's birthday by gathering in the town square to recite facts about the Agriculture Secretary while gazing at pictures of hedgehogs. Then we ate cake and drowned the witches.

    So it is my pleasure to begin this celebration of Tom Vilsack's birthday.

    hedgehog in leaves

    Tom Vilsack says the USDA wouldn't allow manufacturers to use pink slime if it wasn't safe. He should know, right? He's the Agriculture Secretary.

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    Tags: Animals, Tom Vilsack
  • Quote Unquote: Who Wants Candy?

    John Boehner on the Democrats' wish to cut taxes on the middle class without giving higher-income people a similar break

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    "If ifs and buts were like candy and nuts then every day would be Christmas."

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    John Boehner is a moron. That's Halloween.


    Tags: Democrats, Economy, Fiscal Cliff, John Boehner, Taxes