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Bush and McCain

McCain Makes It Official

John McCain has secured the Republican nomination with a projected sweep of the March 4th primaries. He was thought by many political insiders to be too independent to pull it off, but his march to the right appears to have been successful. It is fitting, therefore, that he is expected to visit the White House on Wednesday to further tie himself to George W. Bush.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE

Bill Maher on Smear Tactics

In this edition of “New Rules,” the “Real Time” host takes on Alberto Gonzales, Mexican cruises and conservative slurs: “To honor the life of William F. Buckley, conservatives have to take the high road against Barack Obama.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 READ MORE

Underestimating Obama

Barack Obama’s critics bear a remarkable resemblance to the liberals who labored mightily to dismiss Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


William F. Buckley Jr. Dead at 82

The father of modern conservatism died while at work in his study. He had suffered from emphysema. Buckley began his distinguished and varied career when conservative ideas were extremely unpopular and managed to build a thriving political movement. Buckley recently raised eyebrows by breaking with President Bush and challenging his conservative credentials.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Promises to Keep It Civil

Conservative radio host Bill Cunningham scored points with the audience while speaking before John McCain at a rally by repeatedly referring to “Barack Hussein Obama.” McCain apparently had no idea what Cunningham had said, but soon after the event addressed the matter in no uncertain terms.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE

A Story With Legs

It seems odd, but for John McCain it was a blessing to have the chance to bury questions about his dealings with lobbyists beneath an alleged sex scandal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE

No ‘Straight Talk’ on Iraq Cost

As a presidential candidate, John McCain stands out not only for his vocal endorsement of the unpopular war in Iraq, but also because one of his own sons is a Marine Corps officer on active duty there.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE

A ‘Challenge’ Worth Challenging

The boilerplate in a candidate’s speeches gets little attention because words used over and over never constitute “news.” But one of John McCain’s favorite lines—his declaration that “the transcendent challenge of the 21st century is radical Islamic extremists,” or, as he sometimes says it, “extremism”—could define the 2008 election.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE

Murdoch and Clinton

Conservative Media’s Fickle Affections

It wasn’t so long ago that Matt Drudge and Rupert Murdoch’s minions cooed over Hillary Clinton’s centrism, but in the end the self-styled titans of right-wing media couldn’t resist bashing her, much to their readers’ delight. Politico chronicles the rise and fall of conservatives’ brief love affair with Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE

What’s Waiting for Obama

The same conservatives sending Barack Obama love notes over the airwaves are likely to smear him from every angle if he secures the nomination. Obama says he is ready. Let’s hope so.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert on Rush’s Bluster

Stephen Colbert pokes fun at Mike Huckabee’s miracle strategy and Rush Limbaugh’s inability to move the Republicans against McCain.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE

Right-Wing Conspiracy

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE

There’s a Republican Under My Bed

It is insane to waste time and energy worrying that somewhere, doubtless in a high-tech subterranean lair, Republican masterminds are cackling over their diabolical plot: The use of reverse psychology to lure unsuspecting Democrats into nominating Barack Obama, an innocent lamb who will be chewed up by the attack machine in the fall. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Romney Faces Facts

Mitt Romney dropped out of the presidential campaign Thursday, but you’ll probably still have him to kick around, as he hinted that he might run again. He said he made the difficult decision because he didn’t want to help the Democrats—and, by some illogical extension, the terrorists—win: “And, frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE

Division Problems

The Super Tuesday primaries were a test of strength that demonstrated weaknesses in both parties and pointed to problems each could confront in the fall.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE

The McCain Divide

If the Arizona senator secures the Republican presidential nomination, his victory would signal a revolution in American politics—a divorce, after a 28-year marriage, between the Republican and conservative establishments.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE

Schwarzenegger Backs McCain

California’s celebrity governor has thrown his muscle behind the McCain campaign. Despite the occasional pander, McCain still plays better with California’s moderates than Mitt Romney, who appears to have been embraced, if reluctantly, by the more conservative elements of his party.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE

European Conservatives Join Forces

Four far-right European political parties have allied with each other, hoping to form a European Union umbrella party opposed to “Islamization” and immigration. Europeans, you see, will never give up their welfare states, so conservatives there spend much of their time bashing immigrants. Unlike America, where xenophobia is, though popular, something of a passing fancy.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008 READ MORE

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Chalmers Johnson on the Myth of Free Trade

A powerful new book by a young South Korean-born economist at Cambridge University provides a compelling critique of the contradictions and hypocrisies of globalization and neoliberalism. The perfect antidote to the nostrums of Thomas Friedman.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE

The Stimulus Swindle

Stimulus—you’ve probably heard this nebulous, scientific-sounding word this week. Every politician suddenly wants economic “stimulus,” and wants you to think this “stimulus” is unequivocally good.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Thompson Drops Out

Fred Thompson was supposed to be the political savior of his party, but instead he sputtered and fizzled his way through a disappointing few months of campaigning. After poor showings in every primary and caucus to date, Thompson has decided to call it quits. Next up, Rudy Giuliani?

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE

Crunch Time for McCain

John McCain is feared by Democrats and liked by independents. That, paradoxically, is why he may yet be rejected by Republicans, even though he has bent over backward to satisfy conservative demands.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE

Running Away From Bush

The turmoil in the Republican presidential contest, which seems to produce a new front-runner every month, owes to President Bush’s unpopularity and the fact that even members of his own party want to turn the page on the last seven years.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE

The Coming Attack on Barack

Conspirators with a “Swift boat” style are looking at the Illinois senator and sharpening their knives. One of their delicious subjects of attention is the candidate’s provocative spiritual adviser.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee Takes Iowa

Mike Huckabee is the Republican winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, with a significant lead over Mitt Romney, who came in second despite spending more time and money in the state than his rivals.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann Slams New York Times

The New York Times made it onto Keith Olbermann’s “worst person” list with the news that the paper had hired William Kristol: “You guys at the Times can hire any conservative columnist you want, but why did you pick the really dumb one?”

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE

Hollywood’s Thumbs-Down on Abortion

Pregnancy is way cool on the big screen these days. Moviemakers seem to be reflecting a cultural tide that has shifted key positions on both the left and the right.

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 READ MORE

Picking a President

Our next leader will have a huge task: to repair the worldwide damage done to the nation’s image and its foreign policy interests over the past seven years.  Americans must choose well.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Steve Mitchell

The Evangelical Rebellion

Mike Huckabee represents a new and potent force in American politics, and the neocons and corporate elite, who once viewed the yahoos of the Christian right as the useful idiots, are now confronted with the fact that they themselves are the ones who have been taken for a ride.

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 READ MORE

Huckabee the Rebel

The rise of the Baptist minister—an “evangelical populist”—has put the fear of God into the Republican establishment.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE

Huckabee: ‘Take Your Best Shot’

The candidate who has gone from microscopic numbers to front-runner status is starting to feel the heat, but Mike Huckabee would rather suffer the slings and arrows of his opponents’ attacks than go back to toiling away in conservative obscurity: “It’s almost like ‘take your best shot, people.’ ” Now if the marginalized Democratic candidates could replicate Huckabee’s success, we’d have an exciting race on our hands.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE

Conservative, or Just Plain Corrupt?

Through their ethics scandals, Republicans in Washington long ago began making the word conservative synonymous with the term corrupt. Surprisingly, though, it is a group of Democrats that is cementing this definitional conversion for good.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE

Bush’s ‘Stem Cell Victory’

Scientists may have found a way to grow stem cells without using embryos. The president’s people are claiming this as a White House victory, causing a flood of gall on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE

Conscience of a Liberal cover

Nicholas von Hoffman on ‘The Conscience of a Liberal’

Why is it that so many voters continue to elect reactionaries who do their best to disenfranchise them? The answer, says Paul Krugman in his new book, is racism.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE

A Faith-Based Boondoggle

Countless studies show that abstinence-only sex education just doesn’t work, so why is it getting more money than ever from the federal government?

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE

giuliani and robertson

Robertson Backs Giuliani

Conservative Christian blowhard Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president, possibly giving the candidate a boost with fundamentalist voters. Robertson came to the decision because, as only he could possibly put it: “The overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the blood lust of Islamic terrorists.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE

McCain Capitalizes on Conservative Anxiety

The strangest thing about John McCain’s campaign for president is that it’s supposed to be dead, but it isn’t. This is a real nuisance for his competitors.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE

Racist, Distorted and Effective

A contemporary Willie Horton has turned up in the Democratic presidential campaign, and so far he is winning. No such person sat in the Drexel University auditorium during the Democrats’ debate on Tuesday night. But the candidates, especially the unprepared front-runner, Hillary Clinton, should long ago have recognized that Republicans and a shrill conservative chorus intend to make Hispanic illegal immigrants the Willie Hortons of 2008.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE

Giuliani in drag

Top 5 Political Costumes

In the spirit of Halloween and the idea of dressing up as something you’re not, we’ve decided to pay tribute to the five best political poses from the other 364 days of the year.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE

Moral Minority

Those who went to the Values Voter Summit left without a candidate to call their own. But the lack of a golden boy isn’t their only problem: There are signs of ideological rigor mortis among the old guard.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE

Bar Fly

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

Speaking Truth to Nonsense

Triangulation aside, when it comes to the phony Social Security crisis, Hillary Clinton has stood up for the truth: There isn’t one.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

The Mormon Issue

Let’s say it unequivocally: Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith should not be an issue in this presidential campaign. Period. And then let us explore why the Mormon “issue” may be unavoidable—and what Romney and the rest of us should do about it.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

Living With Climate Change

Because the problem is likely to stretch on for decades, even centuries, even if humankind acts immediately, we had better get used to the idea of adapting.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

The Senate’s Strange Double Standard

For an object lesson in the distorted values of the Senate, contrast how it is handling the Larry Craig case with how it is handling the Ted Stevens case.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE

Drowning in Denial

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE

Sweeping Our Inhumanity Under the Rug

By simply deciding that something is a “state secret,” the Bush government has avoided answering for its brutal treatment of innocent victims in the war on terror.  This is a perversion of the principle of American justice.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE

How Did a 12-Year-Old Become No. 1 Enemy of Conservatives?

Conservatives claim to be in favor of stable families, small businesses, hard work, private schools, investment and homeownership. So why in the world are so many on the right attacking the family of Graeme Frost?

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

Why ‘Socialism’ Evokes No Fear

Once among the most frightening epithets in American political culture, “socialized medicine” seems to have lost its juju. Today that phrase sounds awfully dated, like a song on a gramophone or a mother-in-law joke or a John Birch Society rant against fluoridated water.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

Hannity and Dobson

Dobson Says No No No to Giuliani

In case you think conservative Christians are just bluffing with their threats to split from the Republicans, take a gander at this clip of Sean Hannity begging James Dobson to support Rudy Giuliani. Dobson refuses, standing on principle and the promise of a more frenzied and loyal base under a Clinton presidency.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE

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