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The Choice: A Center-Right Party Or A Far-Out Party

Seth Masket puts it this way: America’s two major parties now offer us a stark choice. One indiscriminately kills thousands who have nothing to do with terror. The other illegally kills dozens who have something to do with terror. Daniel … Continue reading

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Democrats And “The Left,” Republicans And “The Right”

In our discussion of the US’s killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, conservative writer Sean Patrick Hazlett asks, “If George W. Bush had carried out this action, would the left have been making more noise about it than it currently is?” Would … Continue reading

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Centrism And Tribalism

Temperamentally, I find centrism to be quite appealing. It’s fun to try to remain above the fray and criticize the extremes on both sides for all evils. However, centrism doesn’t fit our current context. As we’ve seen in the debate … Continue reading

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Zero-Cost Antics

Via FrumForum, fun stuff from the Washington Post: Asked for single-word characterizations of the budget negotiations, the top words in the poll — conducted in the days before an apparent deal was struck — were “ridiculous,” “disgusting” and “stupid.” Overall, nearly … Continue reading

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The Proper Attitude Toward Today’s Right Wing

Today’s Republicans make Hoover look positively visionary. Today’s Democrats bend over backwards to compromise with the Republicans. That would be fine, in normal times; but this is not a normal Republican Party, and these are not normal economic troubles. I … Continue reading

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Let Us Count The Ways

Tim Duy lists the reasons to be despondent about the state of our political system: The debt-ceiling has been proven to be a very effective weapon, simply because there exists a non-trivial contingent of Republicans willing to push the button, … Continue reading

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$30 million a day

One would think that a Congress obsessed with supposed out-of-control spending and deficits wouldn’t pass on collecting $30 million a day in revenue.  Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening because Congress has been locked in a fight over funding for … Continue reading

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If You Don’t, They’ll Screw You. And If You Do, They’ll Screw You Too

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer emits the platonic form of atrocious punditry: “I won’t bore you,” President Obama said, as he broke into America’s prime time TV lineup on Monday night. This was ironic, because he went on to talk about … Continue reading

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Picking A Fight With My Own Side

The central problem of current American governance is the Republicans’ treatment of politics as the continuation of psychology by other means, so that’s what we wind up talking about around here. In the current context, we are all Democrats by default. … Continue reading

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Centrism Rules The Democrats, Destroys America

Republicans don’t care what centrists, or liberals, or scientists, or anyone who knows anything about anything think about them. Therefore, they are always too far right, to the extent their policy preferences can be rationally categorized. “Centrist” commentators always criticize … Continue reading

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Peggy Noonan Diagnosing And Illustrating Self-Deception

In the Krugman post linked below, we saw that Peter Wallison made up statistics to support a false narrative about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, then tried to pressure other Republican appointees to sign onto his lies for the good … Continue reading

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Only Coming Through In Waves

Reacting to last night’s special election on Medicare in NY-23, Paul Krugman writes, “It’s now starting to look like a real possibility that we will have had three electoral waves in a row – a Democratic sweep in 2006-2008, a … Continue reading

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Take Positions in the Bushes and the Grass

I can’t see how anything here is wrong.  The GOP gets its message out, the Dems don’t.  So, do things to get it out there.  That sounds smart. Buys — throughout all media and invested in heavily independent districts and … Continue reading

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