Political poetry for the moment
Ted Cruz said he did it for his kids,
This escape from the failure of the grid.
But he came right back
Like some political hack,
When he saw his career was on the skids.
rethink the week
Daniel Block bio;Daniel Block is the executive editor of the Washington Monthly. before joining the Monthly, Daniel was a 2017-2018 Luce Scholar living in Delhi, India, where he studied Hindi and worked for the Caravan--a leading Indian politics and policy magazine. Daniel’s writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the American Prospect.Daniel graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He graduated with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He spent a post-college gap year teaching skiing in Utah.
Robert Hockett bio: Robert C. Hockett is an American lawyer, law professor, and policy advocate. He holds two positions at Cornell University (the Edward Cornell Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and a Professor of Public Affairs), is senior counsel at investment firm Westwood Capital, LLC, and was a Fellow at The Century Foundation think tank. As of 2019, he is advising Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal.
David Atkins bio: David Atkins is a writer and activist from California. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal, elected DNC Member, and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.
Dean Spiliotes bio:Dean Spiliotes is a veteran political scientist and political analyst with broad expertise in presidential politics and policy, campaigns and elections - especially New Hampshire politics and its presidential primary. His extensive knowledge and experience brought him to Southern New Hampshire University, where he is Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences. Author of the book, Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy, Dean has also published research in a variety of professional journals including, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Society. Dean previously taught in the Government Department at Dartmouth College and in the Politics Department at Saint Anselm College. At Saint Anselm, Dean also served as Director of Research for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, where he led a statewide survey research initiative, the New Hampshire Civic Index, designed to measure the civic knowledge, attitudes and behavior of New Hampshire citizens.Dean provides frequent political commentary and analysis for local, national and international print, broadcast, and web-based media. He received his B.A. in history from Haverford College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.
Want to know how bad it is in Texas?
The Texas grid, overseen by ERCOT, has the lowest reserve margins in North America!
Texas chose cheap power over reliable power. Maximized profits for energy companies.
tweet from a Texan: Hey, @AOC, I disagree with you fundamentally on 99% of policy positions. But thank you for the support you are showing to Texas as we get beyond this winter blast. I appreciate you for it.
tweet from a non Texan: So, The Federal Government is going to bail out Texas because Texans voted for Republicans who wanted deregulation, separation from the Federal Government/US National power grid, and in some cases even secession from the United States. We all OK with this?
The Texas Freeze is a Catastrophe of the Free Market
MSM please ask Senators Cruz and Cornyn NOW!!! if they are going to support the $1.9T relief bill, millions in TX need the $1400 check now to begin to pay down the enormous bills they face to recover from GOP Leadership failure that destroyed their homes and lives.
We also discuss the moves toward more voter suppression.
Republicans have recently talked about the United States as having a republican government, as opposed to a democratic government, as though they were mutually exclusive. This appears to be a carefully designed path to governments like Poland's or Hungary's. The Republicans are laying groundwork for authoritarian move. They are now partisan rather than principled. Democrats must emphasize that the government can provide solutions and is not the enemy, as the Republicans would like to characterize it.