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Bill Moyers Makes Newt Gingrich Look Like an Idiot

The PBS headliner rises to the defense of Saul Alinsky, “a patriot, in a long line of patriots, who scorned the malignant narcissism of duplicitous politicians and taught everyday Americans to think for themselves and to fight together for a better life.”

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney Hasn’t Won Yet

Now that Mitt Romney has about wrapped up the Republican nomination for president. ... What? He hasn’t? They changed the rules?

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Indifference to the Poor

I wish Mitt Romney’s cavalier dismissal of poverty in America could be chalked up as just another gaffe, but it’s much worse than that.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Politics as Entertainment

Reality show? What I see is an aquarium. The debates look like a tank full of exotic fish flashing their stuff for an instant at a time. You never see the whole thing, just flashes.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Newt Learned From Nixon

By shrewdly combining the politics of class with the politics of culture, Newt Gingrich won his first election in 14 years.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

So Much for a Populist GOP

In the end, the corporate and economically conservative wing of the Republican Party always seems to win.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Day the Internet Roared

Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. Websites from large to small “went dark” in protest of proposed legislation before the U.S. House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Election Will Decide Which New Wars Will Be Waged

Now that America’s primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Moving Obama to Europe

This is what progress looks like for a president named Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE


What Kind of Capitalist Was Romney?

Thanks to Mitt Romney and such well-known socialist intellectuals as Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, the United States is about to have the big debate on the nature of modern capitalism that should have started back in 2008.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


America’s 5 Political Parties

It would seem that the United States has a five-party system right now. What was done in Iowa last Tuesday could unravel in New Hampshire, but whatever happens next, the United States is more politically fractured than it has been in decades.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP photos by Chis Carlson and Charlie Riedel

Two Jerks

Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


Search and Destroy Mission

Mitt Romney and his backers decided that to win in Iowa they had to destroy Newt Gingrich’s campaign. Now Gingrich looks eager—and able—to return the favor.

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Santorum, Huntsman and the Future of Conservatism

If the Republicans want to have a genuinely searching debate about the future of their party, they’d send Santorum and Huntsman off for the long fight.

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A ‘Fuck You’ From Iowa

The caucuses have a lot of us fizzy-water-drinking cognoscenti chortling about those backward Iowans with their reactionary conservatives and simpleton farmers. This guy would like to set the record straight.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



Joe Crimmings (CC-BY-ND)

Extravagant Hopes of 2008 Haunt Obama in 2012

Four years ago this week, a young and inspirational senator who promised to turn history’s page swept the Iowa caucuses and began his irresistible rise to the White House.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration from a photo byLudovic Bertron (CC-BY)

A Brainpower Revolution

History will little note nor long remember that the payroll tax holiday was extended for two months rather than 12. The complex and difficult questions we’re avoiding, however, may haunt us through the century.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: The Conservative in 2012

The GOP is engaged in a wholesale effort to redefine the government help that Americans take for granted as an effort to create a radically new, statist society.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE


Newt and the Revenge of the Base

It is one of the true delights of a bizarrely entertaining Republican presidential contest to watch the apoplectic fear and loathing of so many GOP establishmentarians toward Newt Gingrich.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Been There, Thought That

Can we please bury the notion that Newt Gingrich is some kind of deep thinker? His intellect may be as broad as the sea, but it’s about as deep as a birdbath.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The New Newt

Despite living most of his adult life in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich does not have many friends among his neighbors.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

A Huntsman Moment?

Jon Huntsman could pull off a Granite State miracle if Republicans see him as a winner (and a real conservative), and independents view him as the sane guy in a preposterous crowd (and a moderate).

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE


The 2012 Presidential Dejection

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Rational Reality Show

The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



Kenny Louie (CC-BY)

Will Moderates Defeat Moderation?

Some of my middle-of-the-road columnist friends keep ascribing our difficulties to structural problems in our politics. But the problem we face isn’t about structures or the party system. It’s about ideology.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY-SA)

Romney Still Waiting for GOP Love

Maybe Jon Huntsman will be the next candidate to see a meteoric rise and fall in his poll numbers. Pretty soon, though, we’re going to run out of meteors.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE


It’s Time to Occupy the Majority

Will the Occupy movement play into the hands of its enemies by living up to the stereotypes they are trying to create? Or will it instead move to a new phase that builds on its success?

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY-SA)

The Easiest Way to Cut the Deficit

Here is a surefire way to cut $7.1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. Do nothing.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The True Conservative Scandal

Conservatives need to contemplate what the Rick Perry and Herman Cain stories say about the state of their movement and the health of their creed.

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE


Why Income Inequality Suddenly Matters

Something amazing happened: For 10 whole seconds, the local reporter on my TV screen actually talked about the realities of the recession.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



Dave Winer (CC-BY-SA)

The Right Wing’s 2011 Shellacking

This week’s elections around the country were brought to you by the word “overreach,” specifically conservative overreach.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Politics of the Heavenly and Unheavenly

We have embarked on yet another presidential campaign in which religion will play an important role without any agreement over what the ground rules for that engagement should be.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE


Romney and the South Carolina Conundrum

Can Mitt Romney be dislodged as the fragile but disciplined front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? If he can, South Carolina is the best bet for the role of spoiler.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE


Have and Have-Not Nation

The hard-right conservatives who dominate the Republican Party claim to despise the redistribution of wealth, but secretly they love it—as long as the process involves depriving the poor and middle class to benefit the rich, not the other way around.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



ideacreamanuela ideacreamanuela (CC-BY)

The Vatican Meets the Occupiers

Will we soon see a distinguished-looking older man in long white robes walking among the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York’s Zuccotti Park?

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Perry, Cain and Flat Earth Government

It’s one of the strangest things in our politics: The only “big” ideas Republicans and conservatives seem to offer these days revolve around novel and sometimes bizarre ways of cutting taxes on rich people.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Romney’s Religion Reveals About His Politics

What does the career of the former Massachusetts governor tell us about the ideology of the LDS church—and what his personal beliefs may portend if he becomes the first Mormon in the Oval Office?

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE



© Jeff Pappas

Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movements More Alike Than Not

Both movements are essentially populist protests. The OWS people want to break the power of finance and the rich in America. So do tea party voters.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Santorum’s Family Provocation

Lost in the hubbub over Herman Cain’s love affair with the number 9 during last week’s Republican debate were some compelling observations by Rick Santorum about “the breakdown of the American family” and its relationship to poverty.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Tax Hikes That Republicans Love

Rather than close the grossest loopholes and deductions exploited by billionaires, Republican politicians want to punish all those families living large on $300 a week by taxing them more.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE


The Rise of the Reverse Houdinis

Senate Republicans sent a signal in voting as a bloc against President Obama’s jobs bill: Don’t just do something, stand there. But doing nothing is at least preferable to the ideas coming out of their party’s presidential candidates.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Carlson

If a Republican Were President

If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE


Refuting Straw Liberals

It’s not often that a sound bite from a Democratic candidate gets so under the skin of my distinguished colleague George F. Will that he feels moved to quote it in full and then devote an entire column to refuting it.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Stein (CC-BY-SA)

The Week Politics Changed

American politics reached a pivot point this week. A new story line will now define how voters and the media see what’s going on.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

Can the Left Stage a Tea Party?

This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future that opens Monday.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE



David Nallah (CC-BY)

Class Warfare: Bring It On!

President Obama came out here last Tuesday to proclaim himself a "warrior for the middle class." Would that it were true.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why They Hate Warren Buffett

You can’t accuse a big capitalist of “class warfare.” That’s why the right wing despises Warren Buffett and is trying so hard to shut him up.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



CA Corrections

Only Conservatives Can End the Death Penalty

Forgive me, fellow liberals, but we’re not going to be the ones who lead this fight.

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / The Rachel Maddow Show

The Right Reacts to Krugman’s 9/11 Post

Conservatives pundits are falling all over themselves in response to Paul Krugman’s pithy and plainspoken blog post on the “occasion for shame” that has become the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE


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