06 Sep 2012

DNC Finale Liveblogging

Finally, convention season is in the home stretch. I’m pretty sure Obama’s closing speech will be a lot better than Romney’s, but I’m curious which disillusioned ex-supporters he’ll try to appeal to. Will it be progressives who think he’s an authoritarian, corrupt sellout? Or RNC staffers who think he spends too much money and hangs out with too many celebrities?

30 Aug 2012

RNC Finale Liveblogging

Well, the lie-a-palooza that is the Republican National Convention is mercifully drawing to a close, and all that remains to be seen now is whether Mitt can convince non-Republicans (or Republicans, for that matter) that he’s even remotely likable or trustworthy, and whether he’ll break up the perfect game by accidentally saying something factual. I know, you’re not supposed to jinx it by talking about it, but it’s just so exciting!

22 Aug 2012

Rape: Great Moments In Political Branding

You almost have to admire the GOP’s courage in staking out a position that, if not exactly pro-rape, is not entirely anti-rape either. And emphatically not pro-rape victim. So far, I’ve counted three ways in which Republicans act as rape apologists..

04 Aug 2012

Late Night: Seems Like a Pretty Bright Line to Me

So here’s a question: If marriage is defined as simply a bond between two consenting adults, how exactly does that open the door for bestiality, pedophilia, polygamy, etc?

27 Jun 2012

Late Night: Conciliator Or Collaborator?

In next week’s London Review of Books, David Bromwich offers up a lengthy explanation of how the young Obama’s grappling with racial identity shaped his desire for unity and consensus above all else, and how his self-perception as a transformative “man of genius” created his passive preference for words over deeds.

It’s interesting background information, but it’s beside the point. It’s the wrong answer to the wrong question, because it’s based on the faulty premise that Obama is some kind of flawed progressive.

19 Jun 2012

Dumb And Dumbest

So, apparently Not-Joe The Not-Plumber is running for Congress, and based on this campaign video he appears to believe that: 1) Obama and the Democrats are on the verge of implementing draconian gun control. 2) Gun control is a precursor to genocide. 3) If not for gun control, Jews and

15 Jun 2012

Shorter Haley Barbour: At Least Our Immigrants Are Christians

Even when they try to talk sense, Republicans just can’t help mixing in some nonsense along with it.  Maybe it’s a spoon-full-of-sugar kind of thing. “We need to do better among Hispanic voters,” [Haley Barbour] told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “In my state, where

14 Jun 2012

Greed > Altruism

Just as facts have a well-known liberal bias, money has a well-known conservative one.

12 Jun 2012

Liberal Talk Radio: Would You Miss It?

Is going after Limbaugh’s advertisers cutting off our nose to spite our face, or more like plucking our eyebrows?

01 Jun 2012

Too Dumb To Vote

Professional idiot opposes voting rights for people he thinks are stupid.