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Living In An Atwater World

Yesterday Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote of “Newt Gingrich’s historical novel The Battle Of The Crater which, at once, seeks to award manly honor to the black soldiers that fought there and avoid any slight toward the Confederates who massacred so many afterward … Gingrich’s … Continue reading

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The Decline And Fall Of American Conservatism, Or, “The Career Of George Will”

Scott Galupo pointed out a little while back that once upon a time, George Will was capable of engaging in rational thought. There are plenty of amazing sane quotes from three decades ago in that post; here’s one: [A]ll government … Continue reading

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Shot A Man In Plano Just To Watch Him Die

DougJ points out that Rick Perry probably put an innocent man to death, then prevented an investigation that threatened to uncover his innocence. It’s a terrible story for many reasons, of course. One reason– he’s since been re-elected as governor. … Continue reading

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White Populism In The US

A little while back, Fred Clark commented on Rick Warren’s lie about US tax policy: Via David Atkins at Hullabaloo: Yesterday famed “Christian” pastor Rick Warren, wealthy author and megachurch leader, tweeted the following: HALF of America pays NO taxes. Zero. … Continue reading

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Conservatives Recoil In Horror At Republicans, Praise Stimulus

As has been noted around here a time or two, pretty much everyone who knows anything about anything economics has rejected and denounced the Republican Party. At National Review, Kevin Williamson stares in stunned disbelief at the candidates’ responses to … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Marxist

“The necessities of life occasion the great expence of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Not: Same-Sex Marriage Fails To Destroy Vermont, Earns Widespread Support

In the febrile conservative imagination, state recognition of same-sex marriage will lead inexorably to state-mandated church ceremonies legitimizing relationships between a man, his dog, and his cat– even if the pets are the same gender. In reality, of course, life … Continue reading

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Character Issue

This, via Freddie, is rather chilling: Forty lawmakers from both the coalition and opposition Wednesday submitted a proposal to the Knesset for a new Basic Law that would change the accepted definition of Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state.” … Continue reading

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On Milton Friedman

Yesterday would have been Milton Friedman’s 99th birthday. Andrew Sullivan quotes some people who really like Friedman: Friedman provided an all-too-rare example of a public intellectual who was scrupulously honest, forthright, and fair in every debate he entered. Whether he … Continue reading

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The Other Intra-Party Dispute: Republicans Divided On Whether Republicans Are More Like Soviet Dictators, Al Qaeda Terrorists, Or Charlie Sheen

Reagan adviser Bruce Bartlett compares the Republican Party to the Soviet leadership: I think if Obama had the sort of experience that Cold War presidents had in dealing with the Soviet Union or that corporate executives and union leaders had in negotiating … Continue reading

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The Rich Are All White

White people may be very resentful, but at least they’re doing ok for themselves: The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to a Pew Research Center … Continue reading

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Vestigal Conservative Rational Argumentation, Circa 2005

A propos of not much, an obviously-wrong-in-retrospect-but-surprisingly-non-stupid 2005 Weekly Standard piece, by Irwin Stelzer, on the deficit: On the political level, treating deficits as a non-issue also proved a successful strategy. After all, despite the torrent of red ink that splashed … Continue reading

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Too-Late Glasnost Among Pro-GOP Pundits

People had a lot to say about David Brooks’ column on Sunday, in which he claimed that “Over the past few years, [the Republican Party] has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a … Continue reading

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How Conservatives Receive And Process Information

Eric Boehlert recalls the right-wing furor over the completely made up story about a “union slowdown to protest the mayor” after the major snowstorm in New York last year, in a post this morning: As illustrated by the Post’s hollow, union … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan, Setting Right-Wing Hearts A-Flutter And Toes A-Tapping

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-GA on ending Medicare: “This is like skinny dipping. Somebody has to be the first one in the pool and it’s real lonely when you’re the only one in the pool. Paul Ryan is in the pool. … Continue reading

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Kings And Queens And Guillotines Taking Lives Denied

People are mocking David Brooks’ column this morning, in which he expressed a preference for hereditary aristocracy: Britain is also blessed with a functioning political culture. It is dominated by people who live in London and who have often known … Continue reading

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The Right Wing Creed: Tactics Over Strategy, Tone Over Substance

GOP apostate David Frum writes: There have been no shortage of anti-Israel UN General Assembly votes over the years, most famously the 1974 “Zionism is racism” vote. But those votes did not cause the US or the Europeans or other … Continue reading

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Avowedly Non-Racist Southern Whites Through The Years On Black Voting Rights And Political Leadership

Newt Gingrich, last week: “maybe we should also have a voting standard that says to vote, as a native born American, you should have to learn American history. [applause]”. More Newt: “the Obama system is going to lead us down the path … Continue reading

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