Congress leaves town for summer break: Political cartoonists rush in

What’s the difference between Congress being in session and on vacation? Beats me. If voting for the 40th time to “repeal” Obamacare counts as an accomplishment, then I suppose you could say that the House of Representatives has been very busy. Nevertheless, having accomplished very little of consequence, and having spent most of their time…

Measuring Republican nay-saying: The Index of Obstruction and Delay

Republicans can try to say it ain’t so, but a newly developed statistical measure says it is: The GOP’s delaying tactics and outright obstruction of President Obama’s judicial nominees have reached epic proportions. According to Greg Sargent, at the Washington Post’s Plum Line blog: Dr. Sheldon Goldman, a professor of political science at the University…

Heritage Foundation to Congress: “Don’t legislate. Scandal-gate.”

This is what passes for “thinking” at the leading conservative “think tank,” the Heritage Foundation. Earlier this week [May 2013], the Heritage Foundation’s executive director sent a letter to Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging them to avoid introducing legislation and to, instead, focus attention on White…