Category Archives: Politics

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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No, It Isn’t

Next time something happens that makes you feel sad and/or mad, take a deep breath and remember: it’s not like Stalin, Hitler, or Tojo. Discussion of inequality is not, pace a billionaire’s WSJ letter, like Nazi pogroms:

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Say Yes to the Dress

There are so many interesting items in the McDonnell indictment, it’s hard to pick just one. But here goes: Ms. McDonnell’s clothing plays a prominent role in the indictment. She allegedly wanted Mr. Williams to buy her an Oscar de … Continue reading

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Playing “Politics”

This blog places a lot of focus on double-speak of the American political (and particularly, Republican) variety, but it’s worth remembering that double-speak knows no geographic boundaries: 1) The United Arab Emirates permitted entry to all players on a Dutch … Continue reading

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If You’re Not Electable, They Won’t Try To Get You Elected

I wrote awhile back that “in order to win the ’16 primaries, Chris Christie needs to have the solid support of the GOP establishment (such as it exists), just like Mitt Romney.” So polls showing Christie surviving in NJ, or among … Continue reading

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“You lose your sense of human”

I’ve started and quickly discarded a few posts on the Christie bridge scandal, mostly because I don’t think I have anything to add to the existing coverage. I think this post from Francine Pose hits a lot of the key … Continue reading

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The Welfare Queen is Dead. Long Live the Welfare Queen

There are enough poor people in this country that, if they chose to vote as a unified block, they could easily block Republican efforts to systematically dismantle the social safety net. Unfortunately, the GOP has had great success scapegoating immigrants … Continue reading

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Resentful Southern Whites: America’s Goofus

So the question of what A&E did in light of Mr. Duck’s peculiar comments on gays & blacks is ultimately of little interest. He said some pretty awful things, but then again he’s a reality TV star so what should … Continue reading

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You should only get one bite at this apple

Fresh off of negotiating a federal budget for the next two years, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is now saying that the Republicans will plan to extract concessions from the Democrats as a condition for raising the debt ceiling in … Continue reading

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Freedom

Seems important to note that the dynamic I’ve been describing in the GOP over the past few years is changing. We might (or might not) have a Republican Party that is objectively wrong on essential policy matters– but no longer … Continue reading

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Trouble With the Curve

Repbublican Senate candidates are now undergoing training to improve their pitch to women: Republican House of Representatives candidates aren’t the only ones training to better communicate with women voters. GOP candidates for Senate are being put through their paces as … Continue reading

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Strategists Vs. Polemicists

I’ve flagged other Israeli strategists making this point in the past; here it pops up again: The failure to reach a deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict poses a bigger existential threat to Israel than the Iranian nuclear programme, according a former … Continue reading

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Just Shut Up and Go Away

Rick Santorum: [Mandela] was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling … Continue reading

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What US Politics Is About

DougJ writes: What’s most frustrating about reading American political pundits is all the pretend bullshit about how people are motivated by Burkean pragmatism or fiscal restraint, when it’s really all about slavery and its aftermath. The only civil war ever … Continue reading

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Rush knows better?

Rush Limbaugh claims to be a fan of Catholicism. He’s just not a fan of the Pope’s Catholicism: Pope Francis: Successor to St. Peter … the people’s pontiff … Marxist? That’s what conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggests, … Continue reading

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Because Things Are As They Are, That Is How They Must Be

The unfortunately predominant flaw in today’s conservatism– an unreflective defense of the status quo and lashing out at bothersome facts– is perfectly illustrated by this gentleman’s silly little crusade: According to a guest speaker at this weekend’s Values Voters Summit … Continue reading

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Who Said It: Pope Francis, Or Bill de Blasio?

I started strong on this quiz, but only finished 6/10.

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From Munich to Tehran

I don’t yet know what to make of the interim nuclear deal reached with Iran. I’m still reading through the press coverage and trying to digest what the agreeement’s supporters and detractors (and those who find themselves somewhere in between) … Continue reading

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