They call themselves “Republicans,” but they are, in truth, nihilists.

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Reg Henry finds literary precedent for the current American political scene.

Just look at our politics. When it comes to peculiar characters, the Republican candidates for president make the inhabitants of Wonderland look quite normal. The only interesting thing about this lot is which of them most resembles the characters Carroll dreamed up.

For example, I can’t decide whether Rick Santorum is the (mad) Hatter or the March Hare. As for Donald Trump, he may be the only one without a parallel identity, but even Lewis Carroll couldn’t imagine someone like him. He is just too improbable for fanciful literature.

But it is not just the Republicans who inhabit the American wonderland. To my mind, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Cheshire Cat, . . .

More madness at the link.

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Mark Davis thinks he knows how to select debate participants from the Republican clown bus.

Some good New Hampshire Republicans have a noble idea of splitting the “top tier” between two debates, filling the remaining lecterns with lower names in the polls.

Not good enough. While it avoids the stigma of the laggards’ lineup, who picks the matchups? I’d pay money to put Lindsey Graham right next to Rand Paul. Do we combine Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry, or separate them? Same question for Bush and Marco Rubio. And which lucky group gets Trump?

There is only one solution: two debates, names chosen randomly.

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At the Justice John Roberts Medical Center, President Obama walks out smiling.  Meanwhile, GOP Right is admitted on a stretcher.
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Bearded fanatic preaches from soapbox,

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It’s a Republican clown bus.

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23 June 2015 · Comments Off on Nor Any Drop To Drink · Categories: Political Theatre

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23 June 2015 · Comments Off on Chris-Crossed · Categories: Political Theatre

Chris Christie:  If I run for President, I won't give up my current position.   Reporter:  So you will continue as part-time governor?

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23 June 2015 · Comments Off on In Aurum Veritas · Categories: Political Theatre

Follow the money.

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22 June 2015 · Comments Off on It Was Fascination, I Know . . . . · Categories: Political Theatre, That Conversation about Race

Michael Arceneaux muses over conservatives’ fascination with who can say n****r. This is another just-read-it.

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21 June 2015 · Comments Off on “The Smart One” · Categories: Political Theatre

He’s a taker, not a maker. He wants to take your Social Security and give it to the banksters.

In related news, Paul Krugman comments on Jebonomics. A nugget:

But Bush’s economic promises reflect more than self-aggrandizement. They also reflect his party’s habit of boasting about its ability to deliver rapid economic growth, even though there’s no evidence at all to justify such boasts. It’s as if a bunch of relatively short men made a regular practice of swaggering around, telling everyone they see that they’re 6 feet 2 inches tall.

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18 June 2015 · Comments Off on How Stuff Works: Petitioning Your Elected Representative · Categories: Political Theatre

Receptionist:  How can I help you.  Danae:  I'd like to speak with my Congressman.  I represent an organization.  Receptionist:  How large is your organization.  Danae:  It's very large.  Every girl in the country is a member.  Receptionist:  Very good.  How much will your donation be?


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18 June 2015 · Comments Off on A Milliner’s Nightmare · Categories: Political Theatre

Donald Trump throws his clown hat into the ring with all the other GOP clown hats.

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18 June 2015 · Comments Off on Grandstanding with Grandstands · Categories: Political Theatre

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The difference between this word salad and the one it mocks is that this one was tossed on purpose.

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You know Trump doesn’t have a prayer when he’s too crazy for right-wing fulminator Charles Krauthammer.

Via New York Magazine.

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17 June 2015 · Comments Off on You Too Can Be Rich and Famous Like David Brooks · Categories: Political Theatre

All you have to do is make stuff up (but it’s gotta be the rightwing stuff.

Via Atrios.

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16 June 2015 · Comments Off on A Picture Is Worth · Categories: Political Theatre

Jeb Bush logo

Via Juanita Jean.

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16 June 2015 · Comments Off on Field of Meanies · Categories: Political Theatre

Jim Wright is less than sanguine about the current state of the Republican Party.

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16 June 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Political Theatre

Surprisingly enough, Facebook can be a force for good.

A Republican lawmaker accidentally cast his party’s first vote for the California budget in years because he was distracted by Facebook.

Assemblyman Scott Wilk was the sole Republican to vote for California’s record $117.5 billion spending plan Monday.

He later changed his vote, as California rules allow ex post facto changes to the official record of votes in the legislature.

This, by the way, is your Republican Party doing the tough, diligent work of governance. Also, pigs, wings.

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15 June 2015 · Comments Off on “Facts Are What People Think” · Categories: Political Theatre

Professor Tom Ginsburg explores the myths of the Magna Carta.

Just read it.

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