John Broesamle is Emeritus Professor of History at California State University, Northridge. His books on American politics and society include Reform and Reaction in Twentieth Century American Politics, Twelve Great Clashes that Shaped Modern America: From Geronimo to George W. Bush (with Anthony Arthur), and, most recently, How American Presidents Succeed and Why They Fail: From Richard Nixon[…]
Most readers of RINOcracy.com have probably seen and read a great deal—more than they might have wished—about what happened. They will have followed in varying degrees the ups and downs of abortive negotiations leading up to the shutdown, then more negotiations and the end of the shutdown—at least for now. It would tax the patience[…]
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it[…]
If you have been paying any attention to America’s paralyzed politics, you are not going to believe this.
The budget agreement reached between Senator Murray and Rep. Ryan meets the most important precept of medical ethics: Primum non nocere (First, do no harm). The agreement, if approved by the House and Senate, will avoid the harm to the country that would follow from another government shutdown. It will also avoid the harm to the Republican Party from yet another demonstration of inability to function in a divided government. […]
After Arlen Specter and Lincoln Chaffee departed from the Republican Party, Olympia Snowe and her fellow Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, remained as the most prominent Republicans to be termed RINOs. Now Senator Snowe has left the Senate in frustration over its addiction to gridlock, and has embarked on a campaign to promote the cause of bipartisanship. In that effort, she has published a book, Fighting for Common Ground, and created a website, Olympia’s List.org to “provide a gathering point for all of us who believe our elected officials need to put the country ahead of politics, to facilitate the distribution of news about activities taking place to further that goal, and to identify and support like-minded candidates and office holders.” Along with her devotion to bipartisanship, however, Senator Snowe has also made it explicitly clear that she remains a proud Republican, dedicated to the traditional principles of our party: “limited government, strong defense, lower taxes, and individual freedom and opportunity.” (Senator Snowe has not yet, so far as I know, embraced the label “RINO” as a badge of honor, but if RINOcracy.com can attract enough followers, perhaps she will come to that.) […]