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Conservatives Have Earned Their Trump; Liberals Have Not Earned Our Sanders

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 02.05.2017 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

We liberals yearn for instant 'revolution' while holding the ugly political nitty gritty in contempt. We can't even be bothered to show up for a non-presidential election. Instead, we look for a savior who'll turn it all around with a wave of the hand because we consider anything more political than occasional voting beneath us.

Two Kinds of Meanness: The Modern Conservative Movement

Mike Lux | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my great sadness, the modern conservative movement has devolved into something quite different from the kind of Bob Dole conservatism I grew up around. It's not necessarily more conservative, mostly just a whole lot meaner. It is important to note, though, that there are two different kinds of meanness that animate it, and they are very different from each other.

The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster

Rolling Stone | Mark Binelli | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

Extremist Republicans turned their government into a lab experiment of tax cuts and privatization. And now they may be losing control of one of the re...

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Zach Carter

This Rising GOP Star May Undercut His Own Crusade | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Jeb Hensarling walked into the Lehrman auditorium at the Heritage Foundation in late May, it was ostensibly to give a speech o...

Kate Sheppard

CPAC Confirmed Speakers List Includes 22 Men, 3 Women | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a major annual gathering for the conservative movement, starts next Thursday. And w...

Jon Ward

We 'Should Be Expected To Love People,' Says Conservative Leader Who Hosted Dalai Lama | Jon Ward | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "'I write articles for The Huffington Post.' That's so boring!" Arthur Brooks exclaims. Brooks, the head of the American Enterprise ...

Jason Linkins

Conservative Movement Still Fomenting Self-Immolation For Fun And Profit | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Here's an extraordinary pair of paragraphs from GOP strategist Brian Walsh, writing in the opinion pages of U.S. News And World Report: In fact, th...

9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

Katy Hall & Nick Wing | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

On Wednesday evening, 41 Republican senators voted against expanding gun background checks. In doing so, they helped define the legacy of an expansive...

Republicans Accuse Labor Nominee of Fighting for Civil Rights

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.17.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Republicans fight to keep unions from being able to organize because the power of working people acting together collectively begins to challenge the power of concentrated wealth that corporations represent. Thus they fight the Labor Department and now the new nominee for Secretary of Labor.

Sorry, America, I Hope We Can Still Be Friends -- Sincerely, Wisconsin

Andy McDonald | Posted 06.02.2013 | Comedy
Andy McDonald

In the last few years, Wisconsin has become the Ed Wood of politician production. Sure, they can be entertaining, but it's not because they're good. Mostly, they're just embarrassing.

The 'Pro-Life' Movement's Success Is About Raw Politics

Tracy Weitz | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Tracy Weitz

Historically, evangelical Christians had stayed away from politics, believing that such engagement would taint their religion. However, opposition to abortion became a way for the Republican Party to appeal to this disenfranchised group, mobilizing huge numbers of new voters (and donors).

Behind Right-Wing Media, An Elaborate Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

The conservative media movement exists primarily as a moneymaking venture. As Rick Perlstein explained in the Baffler, some of the largest conservativ...

Paul Blumenthal

How DeMint Could Change Heritage Foundation | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) resignation from the Senate and appointment to lead the Heritage Foundation jolted Washington on Thursday. It...

What Next in the Fight Over Who Our Economy Is for?

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.25.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

Who is our economy for, anyway? In the United States, We, the People are supposedly in charge, and our country and economy are supposed to be managed ...

How Can Conservative Judaism Get Its Mojo Back?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Conservative Judaism has long waved the banner of "Tradition and Change." If that is to continue to be the mantra, then there must be a response to the change.

Tea Parties: Are They Just A Whole Bunch Of Book Clubs?

Politerati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Media-types (okay, people like me) are having a lot of trouble wrapping our heads around the vast, leaderless structure of the tea party. You see, i...

Feeling the Hate at CPAC 2010 With Andrew Breitbart, Hannah Giles and the Crazy Mob

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Blumenthal

While I was filming at CPAC for a forthcoming project, I was confronted by Hannah Giles, Andrew Breitbart and a mob of crazed teabaggers.

CPAC: The Cruelty Political Action Conference

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

While there has always been a crazy streak in the conservative movement, the most wild extremists have never taken over the movement lock, stock and barrel before. Today they are thoroughly in control.

Editing the Bible

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The folks at Conservapedia are re-translating the Bible to make it fit better with conservative ideology. Now there are no suggestions about what's to be done with all those inconvenient references to the poor.

What's In A Name? Defining The Modern Conservative

Tim Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Ellis

Is conservatism good for America? The answer depends largely on what you mean by conservatism -- and what you mean by "good for America."

We All Sink or Swim Together

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Conservatives understand that a headline the day after the Maine initiative about them succeeding at rolling back the gay marriage bill helps them build momentum, and helps deflate and discourage progressives.

Sarah Palin Spins Out Of Control: Pugnacious Revisionism Of Going Rogue Portends Her Fall From Grace

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mario Almonte

In Going Rogue, Palin flirts dangerously close to morally dubious grounds, and it is making supporters wonder if she too isn't spiritually corrupt and undeserving of their loyalty.

Pat Buchanan, William F. Buckley Jr., and Right-Wing Anti-Semitism

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

World conquest was a pipe dream for Hitler, but Buchanan's whitewashing is an unconscionable distortion of the truth. Why did Hitler invade Poland? Easy. Because it was there.

The Contrast

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I do worry about the 9-12ers. I mean, a lot of them are older, and this anger they carry around must be terrible for the toll it takes in terms of the high blood pressure, hypertension, and heart disease.