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All In

When you play poker, and you’re not very good, there invariably comes a time when your chips are getting low, the blinds are getting higher, and you need to go all in with a bad hand.  That seems to be what … Continue reading

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Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

Paul Ryan has come out with a new budget process reform plan. Budget process expert Stan Collender is nonplussed: This would be funny if it weren’t so sad in so many ways: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has proposed … Continue reading

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Richard Lugar’s Lack Of Patriotism

In James Fallows’ series on the Republican Party’s assault on the democratic institutions set up by our Constitution, occasioned by the scathing indictment of a disgusted longtime Republican Hill staffer, he ran a series of responses from readers, including this … Continue reading

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The Higher You Fly The Deeper You Go

So, Herman Cain just had too much to hide, and is “suspending” his faltering campaign. In the grandly conceived farce that is the Republican primary, the apparent beneficiary of a candidate’s implosion due to womanizing is high-flying, thrice-married Newt Gingrich: If Herman … 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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“Platitudes In Lieu Of Programs”

So we’ve noted, a time or two or so, that the media in the US isn’t very good at reporting the news. Happily, we let some foreigners in here at some point, and Der Speigel is able to call a … Continue reading

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Conservatism As It Exists Today

Just a back story that everyone knows, here, but seems worth documenting. 

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“I’m Every Bit As Crazy As You Guys! Honest!”

Mitt Romney is plagued in the GOP primary by his modest record of sane, moderate governance, and his series of contradictory stances on every major issue facing the country. Here, former Romney adviser Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist, points out … Continue reading

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Supercommittee Dems Tried To Compromise; Republicans Are Too Irrational

Jared Bernstein points out: The D’s on the committee went much further onto the R’s side of the field, offering plans that were to the right of Simpson-Bowles or Gang of Six in terms of balancing spending cuts and revenue increases.  The … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Care What The Polls Say. I Don’t.”

I am sticking to my statement that Romney’s the frontrunner and that I expect him to win. But, just as it was with Trump, Perry, and Cain, Newtmentum is for real, for now: In Pennsylvania Gingrich has 32% to 15% … Continue reading

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Seen Them Leaving When The Party’s Over

David Frum writes a lengthy essay (via), worth reading in full, about why he has found himself on the outs in the GOP. There’s plenty to respond to in there, but I’m going to focus on this: I can’t shrug off … Continue reading

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They All End Up In A Ditch In This World Of Fools And Knaves

Paul Krugman, on This Week, explaining the ascent of Newt in the wake of the series of short-lived GOP frontrunners Trump, Perry, and Cain: “I have a structural hypothesis here,” Krugman told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Sunday. “You have a Republican ideology, which … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich Quacks Like A Liberal

… according to some spectral, loathsome beast styling itself “Iowans for Christian Leaders in Government”: 

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The Three-Wived Man Is King

Sometimes people try to claim that, among the Republican presidential candidates, the latest flash-in-the-pan, soon-to-be-ex-frontrunner Newt Gingrich stands out as an intellectual “ideas man.” Linguist John McWhorter sets the record straight: Gingrich’s patterns of speech are largely analytically acute, and sometimes … Continue reading

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David Brooks, Dick Cheney, And Moral Degeneracy

DougJ at Balloon Juice flagged this uncommonly silly David Brooks comment: I don’t think it was just a Penn State problem. You know, you spend 30 or 40 years muddying the moral waters here. We have lost our clear sense … Continue reading

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It’s Not About Reality, It’s All About A Salary

The one panelist on the aforementioned Chris Matthews debacle who distinguished himself was Major Garrett. Garrett, a former White House correspondent for Fox News now writing for National Journal, stressed that television gives a “false intimacy”, that we don’t know … Continue reading

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Hope For The Future

So, at last night’s 973rd Republican debate, we found out that Rick Perry doesn’t know anything about anything and can’t speak English very well: Via David Frum, a reason for optimism: we were pretty dumb in the past, too: 

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How The Right Will React To Cain

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: Herman Cain has spent the past year peddling a thin tax policy, fumbling the names of foreign countries, and extolling his love of cornbread. Now, today, he stands accused of crudely fondling a white woman. Surely this … Continue reading

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