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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 ...

The Tea Party Spirit Is Corroding Public Discourse In America

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

The Tea Party has scored a victory this campaign season. Whether they win an election or not, they have succeeded in contaminating the waters and eating away at the public discourse.

There's No Good News for Democrats Because There's No Good News

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The smoke signals being sent up locally going into the 2010 midterms all point to systematic failure on the part of the governing party. And yet, when has a party ever been returned to power so soon after destroying the lives of so many people?

Breitbart Award

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Dysfunctional Politics Begets Suicidal Policies

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

When presented with viable options to fix our problems, there is this tendency for America to take the road to ruin. why does America allow dysfunctional politics to result in horrible, even suicidal policies?

Southern Strategist Sarah Palin Denies the Southern Strategy

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Sarah Palin is and was a Southern Strategist. So it's with considerable hilarity that I read her latest Facebook remarks in which she insisted there isn't a racial component to the various tea party groups.

Tea Partiers Battle Racism Claims -- Far Too Late

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonce Gaiter

Denying the long-standing link between white tribalism and conservatism may be "politically correct" within the DC bubble where press and politicians mingle, but denial is the opposite of truth.

Exposing Glenn Beck as a Dangerous Fraud, Part 2

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

Beck owes it to his audience to "step out of character" and admit, on his show, that he's staging an elaborate hoax. His hero Orson Welles did it, and so can he.

'Heel Superstar'* McMahon Should Have Been Disqualified For 'Low Blow'

Suzanne Langlois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzanne Langlois

It appears that in politics, as well as in World Wide Wrestling ... no bad deed goes unrewarded.

Dems, Running Scared

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Quimbley D. Democrat is looking over his shoulder. This makes doing his job rather more difficult than it ought to be.

Boogie Man: The Parable of Lee Atwater

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Arnold

Stefan Forbes' award-winning documentary captures Lee Atwater's personae at the top of his game, as the GOP party chairman and the maker of American kings. Anyone who wonders how America became so divided should see it.