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The 'Race To The Bottom' Has Only One Runner

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 08.29.2016 | Media
Robert S. McElvaine

The meme of both sides dragging the presidential campaign to new lows has taken hold across the media. This palpably absurd argument was being stated as the sad truth across the Sunday shows this morning.

Toughening Up Hillary

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I write today to challenge what is fast becoming conventional wisdom in the political world -- in particular, the notion that Hillary Clinton really needs a strong primary challenge to "toughen her up" for the upcoming race with whomever the Republicans decide upon. When you deconstruct the logic behind this idea, however, it falls apart.

Poor Hillary?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Poor Hillary? I don't think so. I think she's perhaps a little surprised at which particular aspect of her life is now being attacked (if she had a cartoon thought bubble over her head right now, it might read: "This is all you got? Really?!?"), but I don't think she's surprised the attacks have started.

How Women Of The GOP Can Change D.C. For The Better

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Go ahead: Blame members of Congress for their mudslinging from both sides of the aisle, or the media for choosing to make those moments the biggest he...

Vote for the Other Guy

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

I have encountered many unfamiliar things as a cultural anthropologist in Papua New Guinea (PNG), but none as unfamiliar as politicians urging people to vote for their opponents.

Angry in the Name of Jesus: 5 Ways to Curb the Government Shutdown Hatefest on Social Media

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

I am totally confident that if, in addition to having a 'Like' button, Facebook offered a one-click way to scratch the eyes out of someone else's Facebook photo, some of my followers would spend all day blinding their opponents' profile pics.

12 Classic Political Insults

Rosemarie Ostler | Posted 11.03.2011 | Books
Rosemarie Ostler

Think partisan name-calling has reached new lows? Actually, mudslinging is a tradition as old as the republic, right up there with baseball and apple pie. The Founding Fathers were no strangers to the well-aimed political slur.

A Politician Is Like a Human Arcade

Chris Matthews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Matthews

If you run for office, you're pretty much completely exposed. Yet every election, people line up to take the public manhandling. And the simple fact is we need these people -- need them there on the ballot, need some of them as our leaders.

Questioning the Patriotism of Freeman's Critics

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ira Forman

No side comes out smelling clean when it engages in this mudslinging. However, we progressives should make a particular effort to avoid calling our opponents unpatriotic.

Anonymity Of "Obama Is A Muslim" Emails Constitutionally-Protected?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Emails saying absolutely anything about a candidate could not only be sent anonymously, but whoever sends them would actually be allowed to break any sort of anti-spam laws to do so.

A Kick In The Career: Negative Campaigning For Fun and Profit

Thomas Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thomas Stern

The Internet is a valuable tool with which to seek out information on those competing with you, and it is very likely that a Google will provide you with a treasure trove of unsavory information.

Drudge Report Incites "Kill A Mockingbird" Racial Fear Of Obama

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Martin Lewis

This photo does not appear anywhere in the linked story. It is only on the Drudge Report front page.

Friday Talking Points [51] -- Some Positivity

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we're all waiting for someone to leak the Palin Troopergate Report (which is reminiscent of waiting for "Fitzmas" during the whole Scooter Libby...

This Isn't School, So Let Us Pray

Tom Gerdy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Gerdy

Dear (insert the name of your god, supreme-being, spiritual leader or source of power and energy), please help let the power of love overcome the love of power.

You Don't Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Whatever you believe about Bill Ayers and the Weathermen, the fact remains that he is not running for president. But John McCain doesn't really have any other arrows left in his quiver.

Divided Politics = Divided Country

Simon Sinek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Sinek

In Iraq, the Sunnis and the Shiites don't get along well enough to affect any sort of functional government. America implores them to get work togeth...

Friday Talking Points [42] -- Get Up, Stand Up, Barack

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have to assume if you're reading this that you're sick of the Olympics already. Wow, that was fast. Is NBC's coverage going to be twice as bad as ...

Friday Talking Points [41] -- The Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have a confession to make. I actually watch the network news. Maybe I should enter into a twelve-step program or something. But I don't watch the ...

Friday Talking Points [35] -- Tim Russert Memorial Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Nobody seriously annoyed me this week, but I will launch a pre-emptive finger-wagging, to anyone on the left who can't resist the urge to be disrespectful of Tim Russert's memory right now.