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Trump And The Fight For The 'Soul' Of The GOP: Coded vs. Uncoded Bigotry

Dr. Milton Mankoff | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Dr. Milton Mankoff

Code has been used for so long that many of the oldest Republican politicians, if not disingenuous, have seemingly forgotten what it was; naive younger ones may believe it simply expresses conservative political philosophy, not bigotry.

GOP Outrage at KKK-Gate Ignores Their Own History

David Paul | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
David Paul

Everyone knows that there are games and evasion in politics. Everyone knows that political parties prey on people's prejudices. People are not stupid, they are just tired of politicians treating them as if they are.

Subtle Trump? (And Not Just About...)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 03.05.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The Donald, The Klan, and The Party Formerly Known as Lincoln's.

Star Turn in a Star Chamber -- Clinton Rivals Trudeau and Murphy for Best Week

Mark Green | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgVanden Heuvel and Cooke debate if Hillary escaped the gravitational orbit of both 42 and 44 to be a potential president/commander-in-chief. Then, the 2012 VP opponents are again news, as one rises and the other exits. And the Host boasts about predicting Hillary's win and Joe's withdrawal.

God, Morality and the GOP

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

The GOP continues the Southern Strategy in this, the 21st Century, and the principles of Christian love continue to be ignored. It is a sad reality, and it speaks to the depth of America's illness as concerns race.

Bush vs. Trump Comparison to Bush vs. Reagan Should Have Jeb Supporters Very Worried

David Paul | Posted 09.09.2016 | Entertainment
David Paul

Donald Trump may not be Ronald Reagan, but the Ronald Reagan that whipped Jeb's father was not the saint of people's imagination either. Jeb might have the better resume, he might be a man of compassion, but neither experience nor compassion are the currencies of the moment.

Climate, Iraq, #BlackLivesMatter -- A Trumpless Show

Mark Green | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgWhile Rich disparages Obama's EPA carbon regulation as trivial, Gara sees it as part of an urgent program (with CAFÉ, Green Energy) that'll make him THE Climate President. Is #BlackLivesMatter a child of the Civil Rights '60s? Then: Jeb redefines chutzpah by blaming Obama/Clinton for W's Iraq.

Who Is Citizens United? (WATCH)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

As we mark the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC, it is worth heeding: Who is Citizens United, and how did they manage to subvert generations of campaign finance laws?

The Republicans' Southern Strategy Still Works. Here's How Liberals Can Counter It

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

If Republicans benefit from dividing us by race and increasing white resentment, then we have to do whatever we can to build stronger and better relations across racial lines, in particular between whites and non-whites.

'Dr. Rove' Has Inoculated Hillary Clinton Against Right-Wing Attacks

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Rove's mentor, the late Lee Atwater who was George H.W. Bush's hatchet man, recanted in his last days about his tactics of misrepresentations, lies and innuendoes. Rove never will. But, he can now suffer a worse fate because, as the richly deserved object of ridicule, no one will care.

What Mitt the Movie Tells Us About the Republican Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

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.

What Republican Electoral Strategy Tells Us About the Voting Rights Act

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

On Tuesday morning, June 24, the Supreme Court announced its decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which designated cert...

Party Pooper: George W. Bush and the GOP

Steven Conn | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

Those who hope that the new library will serve as a "rebranding" of the Bush presidency, or who just want to engage in some Texas-style nostalgia for the good ol' W days -- and there were plenty of them in Dallas to cut the ribbon -- would do well to remember another mess their boy left.

The GOP Way

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Monday will be a big day for Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican Party. He will announce the results of a task force he convened, following last November's election, which he asked to "figure out what we can do to grow our party and win more elections."

Wedges and Whigs

John O'Toole | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
John O'Toole

Many voters remembered that the GOP had done most of the work in creating it in the Bush/Cheney years. So they frequently resembled a prizefighter who keeps hitting himself in the face. Is this the end of the reborn Whig party in America?

Lee Atwater and the GOP's Race Problem

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

In too many ways, the GOP of 2012 could not plausibly deny that which has become too plain to ignore -- that it is the part of antipathy to difference and social change.

As the Polyjuice Potion Wears Off, Will We Find Out Who Mitt Romney Really Is?

David Paul | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
David Paul

The Romney that poked his head out of the ground last week was not the Romney that Republican activists presumed that they nominated. We saw glimpses once again of the Romney that once was -- and that Romney's primary opponents long warned against.

Toure's 'Ni--erization' Charge Against Romney Campaign

Brian Palmer | Posted 10.20.2012 | Media
Brian Palmer

With the Romney campaign, as it was with Reagan's, welfare is the weaponized code word. It's the GOP's 21st century Southern strategy deployed to stir up resentment, anger, and yes, hatred.

Why Romney's Desperate Welfare Attacks Won't Work

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The Romney campaign's particularly scurrilous and misplaced attack against Obama on the issue of welfare is more likely to serve as another reminder of Romney's inability to speak relevantly to the concerns of typical Americans than anything else.

More Indicators a Nasty, Say-Anything Republican Campaign Is Coming -- And See Updates

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Republicans have a huge "noise machine" and they know how to use it. And they really, really don't care if they are telling the truth or not, they say what they need to say to win.

Never Go Naked To A Knife Fight

Christopher Lamb | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who just won the New Hampshire primary, needs to keep in mind what happened to McCain in South Carolina or else he will find himself dazed and confused, and talking out of both sides of his mouth. Again.

Bush At War

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

What happens when a great nation -- and this is a great nation -- elects a ruler who is not up to the task of being president? The answer is to be found in George W. Bush's memoirs, Decision Points.

Face Value: Deficits as Code for Tribal Fears

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

It's what deficits represent that matters most -- a hand out to people who are worthy of nothing but hatred and contempt, who have bespoiled "our" fragile community.

George W. Bush and Thanksgiving

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, and gratitude. I'm grateful that the "Bush Years" came to an end in January 2009, and a president took over wh...

As the Dust Settles

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

So it's over. No good crying over spilt milk. Except that we never seem to learn. It happened in 1994, and although President Clinton pulled himself ...