Tonight is the State of the Union speech, or as I call it, Empty Platitude Festival 2014. Watch as the meaningless buzzwords fly through the air! Gaze in awe to the thrills and chills of trite cliches performing feats of wonder for your entertainment! Then listen to pundits tell you What It All Means in …
Category Archive: Politics
Jan 28 2014
Jan 13 2014
Here’s a great example of dishonest right-wing spin (and yes, there is dishonest left-wing spin as well) from Newsmax, which says that President Obama has “seized control” of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. OMG! Seized control? You mean like sent in armed agents to take it over? Not quite.
Jan 04 2014
Someone named Bruce Walker (no idea who he is) writing at the badly misnamed American Thinker website has a couple of illogical positions. One is that “leftists” are responsible for keeping the Republicans from nominating a truly conservative presidential candidate; the other is that conservatives should vote in Democratic primaries to force a conservative Democrat …
Dec 31 2013
Oh, Bill O’Reilly is not going to be happy about this at all. Not one little bit. The Republican National Committee has shown the world that it hates Jesus and America by tweeting a Happy Kwanzaa greeting to the black people they spend the rest of the year working against. And some of the responses …
Dec 09 2013
Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas, is up for reelection in 2014 and he is pandering just as fast as he can with this ad that says, in essence, vote for me because I’m a Christian and I believe that the Bible has all the answers. To what questions, he does not say.
Dec 09 2013
In the wake of Todd Akin and so many other Republican legislators, officials and candidates saying boneheaded things that made women run like hell away from them, the GOP is holding training sessions with staffers so they can try to keep those things from happening again.
Dec 04 2013
Dana Milbank, the vastly overrated columnist for the Washington Post, makes one of the dumbest political arguments I’ve ever encountered. He claims that we would not be in such a hyper-partisan situation in Congress if there were more veterans on Capitol Hill. And that’s why we should reinstate the draft.
Dec 03 2013
Tom Tancredo, former congressman turned wingnut columnist and professional anti-immigration agitator, responds to new propose IRS guidelines on what can and can’t be done by 501(c)(4) groups with all the nuance and intellectual integrity one would expect. Which is to say he screams “OMG, Obama is destroying freedom of speech” at the top of his …
Nov 26 2013
In a move that can only result in a rash of concussions from heads hitting desks, the Michigan Republican Party has decided to open an office in Detroit for outreach to African-American voters — and to invite Rand Paul to give the keynote address at the opening of that office.
Nov 22 2013
So Harry Reid finally got up the gumption to at least partly do away with the lazy filibuster when it comes to presidential nominees (but not for legislation), so now we get to witness Republicans screaming bloody murder over a policy they backed just 8 years ago. Here’s David “Diaper Man” Vitter on Twitter (hey, …
Nov 21 2013
Andrew Sullivan writes about the recent dustup between Liz Cheney, her sister Mary and her sister-in-law Heather Poe and points out, correctly, that this is just the latest public playing out of a longstanding conflict in Republican circles, where people who are personally fine with gay people and want equality for them nonetheless use anti-gay …
Nov 14 2013
There has been a lot of speculation recently about a possible Elizabeth Warren candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, challenging Hillary Clinton, who has been the presumptive nominee for many years now. I don’t think that’s likely to happen, but it does bring up some interesting issues. Like this:
Nov 13 2013
The Inquisitor speculates that Sarah Palin may be laying the groundwork to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. The evidence is pretty thin and quite similar to what sparked identical speculation in 2008, which I said at the time was nonsense.
Nov 09 2013
Jordan Genso is a longtime Dispatches reader from here in Michigan who is now running for the state legislature, and he’s asking for help in building his platform. Because he has little chance of winning, he has the opportunity to say all the things we wish politicians would say. So what would we like him …
Nov 07 2013
Michael Kazin has an article in Dissent doing something that is rarely done, praising extremism. Yes, extremism is often very dangerous and very unhealthy for society. But sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes what seems radical and unthinkable at one point in time is the overwhelming consensus in later years. An example: