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The Alt-Reality Presidency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

A strong early resistance offers hope. In 1852, long before the advent of reality television, a self-taught former slave delivered what students of...

A Letter To Donald Trump From Senator Joe McCarthy, Deceased

David S. Simon | Posted 12.12.2016 | Politics
David S. Simon

"Hey up there! Listen, I know that I'm deceased and should, by the laws of nature, desist, but I just can't sit around here in Hell (which is basically Miami without any Publix supermarkets) and watch you people let the Commies take over America."

Watching the Watchman

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI asserted that the mafia didn't exist, enabled Joe McCarthy's witch hunts and worked diligently to discredit and undermi...

Trump's Convention: Tragedy Or Farce?

Carl Pope | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Carl Pope

The Trump Convention has been a strange mash-up of three previous moments in Republican history -- each of which ended tragically. First, most seminally, is Joe McCarthy's rise and fall, and the witch-hunt he unleashed.

Newt Has A Monstrously Bad Idea

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Newt Gingrich's supposed smartness is rather indiscriminate, when examined closely. Newt has what he considers 10 or 12 brilliant ideas each day, which he is in the habit of just tossing out for discussion.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week the media edged closer to their Murrow moment. In the 50s, CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow took on Sen. Joe McCarthy and his unscrupulous red-baiting, helping bring about McCarthy's downfall. And this week, the media finally began to call out Donald Trump's racism and point out the cowardice of those like Paul Ryan, who admitted Trump's comments about Judge Gonazalo Curiel were the "textbook definition of racism" -- and yet continued to endorse him. So the media edged closer to their Murrow moment, but they still have a long way to go, judging by their reaction to Trump's speech after winning the California primary. Only Donald Trump could be praised for a speech just because it did not include any overt racism. But whether he "pivots" to being "presidential" or not, we know what he thinks, and we know what "textbook" beliefs his policies are based on. "This is no time," said Murrow of McCarthy, "to remain silent." Nor to ignore or euphemize the grave danger we're facing.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's 'What Would Lincoln Do?' Moment

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When in the past have you ever heard the term "unendorse" used? We haven't checked, but we believe it just got coined and added to the political lexicon.

Friday Talking Points -- Lucifer or a Joe McCarthy-Dracula Love Child?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boy, it isn't every day you get to write a headline like that! But those are the kinds of feelings Ted Cruz seems to bring out in everyone -- left, right, and center.

When the Poetry of Campaigning Becomes a Cheesy, Dirty Limerick

Michael Winship | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

For a politician or a journalist, there was a time when citing the classics -- as long as it wasn't done in a pedantic or pompous manner -- was a mark of wisdom and experience. If a candidate or reporter does it today, there's a good chance they'll be trolled and ridiculed for high-handed pretension. Cue Donald Trump shouting, "Loser!"

Trumbo to Trump, When Did America Become So Afraid?

Mike Hegedus | Posted 02.25.2016 | Media
Mike Hegedus

Here's the scene setter. My living room, a glass of wine (or two), early evening, and---- I'm watching the recent film 'Trumbo' with Academy Award Nominee Brian Cranston in the lead role and about halfway through I jump up and yell, 'I can't believe it, it's just like today!

Getting Off Cruz Control

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

http://artists.letssingit.com/headless-chickens-lyrics-cruise-control-p5d61l5 Sometimes days seem to move just like a big fat man sometimes days s...

Political Tone and the Faith Community: Can We Close the Divide?

Dan Glickman | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

We have so many things to be thankful for as Americans, and I think most folks will probably be thankful that they can turn away from the rhetoric and often mean tone of the campaign, at least for the family celebration of Thanksgiving.

Donald Trump Is The New Joseph McCarthy, Blogger Says

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 11.21.2015 | Entertainment

Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump has already been compared to Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and fictional bad gu...

Former Obama White House Chief Releases Record (the Musical Kind)

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 09.16.2016 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.

Aaron Schock and the Closets of Downton Abbey

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

When I talk about Schock's "closet," I mean the system of keeping LGBTs down by intimidating and disadvantaging them. Laws like those Schock supported are designed to oppress gays and lesbians, and they send a clear message: Sure, go ahead and be openly gay; just remember that you could lose your job, your home, your safety, or your life.

Mad About the '60s: A Hart-Like Henry Fonda in Gore Vidal's The Best Man

William Bradley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"You know, those rumors about you and lady friends ... they won't do you a bit of harm." Former President Art Hockstader to presidential candidate Wi...

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

Eugene McCarthy Now a Non-Person in St. Paul

Al Eisele | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

The Saint Paul Grill has declared Gene McCarthy a non-person and you can no longer swill your favorite drink while he gazes over you. I wish I could hear what he would say about it. Too bad for a city that prides itself as one that pays homage to its history.

Racial McCarthyism Isn't Real!

Salon | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

Joe McCarthy died in 1957, but to hear some people tell it, his legacy lives on in the swift downfall of Donald Sterling....

Civil War Dating Back to Joe McCarthy Threatens GOP Hold on Texas

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The image of Joe McCarthy, a Catholic farm boy from the upper mid-west, being humiliated by the Episcopalian, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard lawyer is an enduring one that reflects the historic animosities between Main Street and Wall Street Republicanism.

Senator Cruz, Meet Senator McCarthy

Steven Conn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Political extremism -- from the communist witch hunts of the 1950s to the government-is-coming-to-get-you hysteria we have now -- has proved a useful distraction from a political agenda that many Americans don't like.

P.T. Barnum, Joe McCarthy, and the Rise of Ted Cruz

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

If we can speak at all of an American collective memory, there are two archetypes which loom large in those shady mists -- the huckster, and the paranoid demagogue.

Issa Stirs Memories Of McCarthyism

National Journal | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

In one brief and repugnant interview, the GOP's chief congressional investigator into Internal Revenue Service abuses cherry-picked evidence, overstat...

Taking the Fifth

Phyllis Chesler | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Phyllis Chesler

Lois Lerner represents the power of the state. She is not taking a noble stand against unjust government authority -- she is protecting those who are even more powerful than herself. We should not see her as a brave "victim."

The Republican Party Is Dead

Andy Ostroy | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's not difficult to imagine a few years from now a political landscape controlled by a Democratic dynasty, where the only Republicans left in office come from states and districts where the small minority of folks who voted for them share their ignorant, intolerant 1950's ideals.