There's nothing as politically intoxicating as a wildly baying crowd, and social media turned the dragon into a self-enforcing cycle. Negative politics are now instantly rewarded by the re-tweeting adulation of the base.
There are indeed times when liberals must fight to defend liberalism, sometimes to defeat enemies who've arisen, as did fascism and much of Communism, from within the interstices and contradictions of liberal capitalism itself. But Leon Wieseltier lives for those times.
We can assume that we are not as far along as we would be in the effort to provide equality if Mehlman, Rove, Bush, and McKinnon were as interested in their country as they were their own craven self interests and ambitions for power and money. Forgive them if you wish. I cannot.
This year, several Tea Party challengers seem to be crashing and burning early in the process. This could be very good news for the Establishment Republican wing of the party. Rather than have a candidate implode in the general election, when candidates self-destruct before the primary then they never become the nominee in the first place.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the overwhelming front-runner to be her party's standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential election, and the Republicans know it. Even though she has not announced her intentions, Republicans are taking political shots at her. But their personal attacks are shrill and feeble, and reveal a party without a vision for the country.
American Crossroads was the top-spending super PAC during the 2010 midterm elections, at roughly $22 million. And during the 2012 election cycle, it spent about $105 million -- more than every other super PAC, with the exception of pro-Mitt Romney group Restore Our Future.
Has Christie crossed a line that's presidentially disqualifying and O'Reilly misused a sporting event to peddle crackpot conspiracies? And if conservatives like choice for markets and schools, why not for balancing health care, work and family?
The leap between being surprised on Election Night in 2012 and believing climate change is a hoax is not that big. In both cases, eschewing scientific approaches leads to fundamental misunderstandings of reality.
Chris Christie would never make it as a pol in Texas. He leaves too many fingerprints. Victims are not supposed to know who stuck the knife in them. T...
It would seem, Christie figures he'll never talk to Bridget Kelly again. But Kelly is not really the political casualty whose demise New Jersey politicos are most intrigued by.
Worst politician: There was no shortage of nominees in this category, as usual. Reince Priebus, Anthony Weiner, Trey Radel and crack-smoking mayor of Toronto Rob Ford all did their best to claim the title of Worst Politician, in fact.
Leaving Americans behind like this has a terrible, long-term cost to our society. It erodes people's faith in democracy.
Thousands of suckers -- I mean Glenn Beck Fans -- are paying good money to subscribe to Glenn Beck's internet-only shows, and this is what they're getting: ten minutes of Beck inexplicably playing with dolls from The Wizard of Oz. Seriously.
At a small gathering in Los Angeles recently, Miles Rapoport, president of the 13-year-old progressive think tank Demos, expressed optimism about the ...
Tea Party Republicans may want to take heed. They've been endangering the economy for lawful and unlawful enterprises alike, and some people are becoming unhappy. Now the GOP appears to be facing a showdown between ideological purity and the self-interest of the powerful.
This is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right-wing politicians desperate to spin gold from straw.