Tuesday night's election results were a lot to take in -- especially if you're one of the Beltway creatures still clinging to low expectations for the political participation of Millennials. Spoiler alert: Young voter turnout in Virginia went up, a lot.
This spells very serious problems for the Republican party that I'm (mostly) proud to support. But the problems aren't those that many party insiders are likely to harp on. Instead, they're fundamental issues related to style and governance.
Last week the New York Times ran a front-page story entitled, Hillary Clinton Taps Speechmaking Gold Mine. The article suggested that it's ethically questionable at best for former politicians to receive exorbitant fees for speaking engagements. I take issue with this.
The PolitiChicks are a group of conservative women who claim to be covering "the most important issues and events of the day." And, apparently, one of those important issues last week was deciding who should be considered America's "hottest conservative supermen."
Let's say you have a faithful opposition to abortion. Okay. I respect that. But how do you feel about the fact that hundreds of thousands of women are being steam-rollered by Texas male politicians trying to end-run Roe v. Wade?
A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.
I am thrilled with the great strides forward that the Supreme Court has helped the gay and lesbian community achieve. But I feel as if Brian and I are on a different boat. Others are partying onshore, and the party looks fabulous, darling, but we are waiting for our boat to take us to shore.
If Mike Huckabee had even a smidgen of compassion for the LGBT community, he'd realize how callous and inappropriate it was to quote this verse as a sign of his unhappiness with the verdict.
We do need to learn our history, and there is much to be proud of. I'm grateful to be a part of a nation which has done and is doing some great things in the world. But let's not fool ourselves: we are not God's chosen nation, and our history is as agonizing and terrible as it is great.
Almost no one aspires to become lieutenant governor, outside of the fact that it is a launching pad to higher office. Future President Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge both got their cards punched as lieutenant governor on their journey to the White House.
Some in the GOP aren't content to wait for that. GOP stalking horse and talk show host Mike Huckabee typified that with the outlandish quip that Benghazi will sink the Obama Administration before his term ends.
Your team has ignored and trampled "standards" for years. It was only after discovering that our team wanted to play on your turf that you suddenly started claiming that somehow, because of our anatomy, the game could no longer be called "basketball."
Comparing President Obama to Hitler and Stalin is evidence not of any totalitarian tendencies on the part of Obama. Instead it is evidence that right wing contempt for science is now rivaled by contempt for learning anything about history.
Most of the criticism was entirely predictable. Rush Limbaugh had warmed up the conservative choir before the Super Bowl.
Their tenures in these positions often far out ran the tenure of the president that appointed them. But because they were largely nameless and faceless they got very little attention. Obama's appointments to the judiciary are a near textbook example of that. Few can name any of them.
Among the most recent trees to fall in the forest of Tea Party fiction is the work of alleged "historian" David Barton. Unfortunately, the Barton saga is all too typical of the Tea Party ethos -- one that many in the mainstream media have frequently given a free pass.