Category Archives: Politics

The Centrist’s Eternal Search For Bipartisan, Technical Blame

Neat graphic, but it misdiagnoses, and doesn’t capture the asymmetry of, the polarization: More context shows the asymmetry of the polarization:

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The Middle Class Disappears

A graphic from Daniel Kay Hertz, via CBS Chicago. Family income 75-125% of the metropolitan median are in gray.

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A Dumb Strategy For The Stupid Party

Well, I did not see this coming: SCOOP: Bobby Jindal to unveil plan today to replace health-care law http://t.co/WZsFxw4Drv — Robert Costa (@costareports) April 2, 2014 As Jeb mulls and Rand builds team, Jindal tries to position himself as 'policy … Continue reading

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“We just explain the situation”

Classic: Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea’s referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said. The disclosures about … Continue reading

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There Is No Such Thing As A Moderate Republican

We pointed this out looking at governors awhile ago; now, note the same tendency in the House: the most conservative district a Democrat currently holds is an R+16 – Jim Matheson (UT-04) – where we expect a progressive score of … Continue reading

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If Only the President Had….

Crimea is now part of Russia, at least as far as the Russian government is concerned, and the Presidents’ critics on the right are insisting it’s all the President’s fault. What I have yet to hear is a single, sane … Continue reading

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To be an atheist and pro-choice

Ramesh Ponnuru responds to critics who call him a hypocrite for arguing that the government should accommodate the religious views of those who oppose abortion, when what he really wants is to impose his religious views on believers and non-believers … Continue reading

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“My time is up, and I must go. God bless you.”

This is the current state of Republican discourse: “There’s something wrong when the government kidnaps children from their own families.” “I know that the IRS is a criminal enterprise,” a ”cancer in this country,” he said. “We have unloaded our … Continue reading

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But He Has 100% approval Among Sunday Morning Talk Show Hosts

This should surprise nobody other than the sunday morning talk show hosts who invite McCain on for a weekly chat: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is the least popular senator in the United States with his constituents, according to a new … Continue reading

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Collective amnesia sure sounds nice

First Graham, now Bolton: With the Obama administration grappling with a crisis in Ukraine, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday and declared that the country’s “biggest national-security problem is … Continue reading

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Reductio ad absurdum

Lindsey Graham sounds his barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world (on Twitter): It started with Benghazi. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression. #Ukraine — Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) March 4, … Continue reading

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Tell me this is a joke

Sadly, I suspect Mr Abrams is all too serious: Before Obama, there was a sense of world order that relied in large part on America. When Saddam invaded Kuwait and claimed it as his own, we pushed him out. We … Continue reading

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Serious Discussion Of The Presidential Race, Circa 2011

This nicely encapsulates the GOP’s unseriousness, and the media’s catering to right-wing identity politics in lieu of accurately reporting the news: Franklin Graham on the 2012 Presidential Race  The Reverend discusses his feelings toward Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. Apr 22, … Continue reading

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Conventional Wisdom Tomorrow, Politically Incorrect Today

So all kinds of hobbyhorses around here that were contentious at the time have come to be widely accepted. The GOP is entirely decoupled from rational strategic or policy thought; the only economic uncertainty worth caring about was that generated … Continue reading

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Working Exactly as Planned

National Review’s Veronique de Rugy is simply outraged that the IRS can’t seem to provide the same level of customer service that it once did: The IRS’s mission statement claims that it aims to “provide America’s taxpayers top quality service … Continue reading

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Irresistible Force Vs. Immovable Object

As we’ve talked about before, the Christie ’16 candidacy depends, in rationale, on his electability, and, in inside-GOP strategery, on being selected ahead of time by wealthy donors on the basis of that electability. Bad news for Chris Christie fans:

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Making Something Out of Nothing

The Fox News modus operandi is in full force today on the front page of their website, with a headline asking whether the federal government is singling out conservatives for prosecution. As much I hate directing traffic to that embarrassment … Continue reading

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GOP The Early Favorite For 2016

There’s not much evidence to support the idea that Republicans need a credible candidate or policy platform in order to win a presidential election. Their behavior may be entirely rational. John Sides looks cautiously ahead: If economic and political conditions … Continue reading

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