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Connecticut’s Death Penalty Message

What happened in Connecticut brings home the flaw in seeing everything that has happened in the states since the midterm vote as embodying a steady shift rightward.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Magical Capitalism

It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a Utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


How to Beat Citizens United

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE


Money Struggles, Not Mommy Wars

Instead of fighting a phony mommy war over what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, we should face the fact that most families these days cannot afford to have one parent stay home with the kids.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

How Santorum Boxed in Romney

In proving himself more tenacious than anyone predicted, Santorum dramatized one of Romney’s major problems, created another, and forced the now inevitable Republican nominee into a strategic dilemma. 

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE



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A Holy Week Entreaty

It’s hard not to notice that Christianity hasn’t been presented in its own best light during this election year because Christians have not exactly been putting forward their best selves.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Activist Judges on Trial

Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Etch A Sketch Imperative

Clarifying moments are rare in politics. Over the last week, Americans were blessed with three.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Religious Head Count

The Republican presidential primaries this year have turned into a religious census. There is little precedent in modern politics for the extent to which a state’s choice for a nominee has coincided so closely with how many of its ballots were cast by white evangelical voters.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



Christian Guthier (CC-BY)

Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Meets ‘Peasants With Pitchforks’

Republicans cannot shut down their presidential nominating contest because the party is in the midst of an upheaval wrought by the terror the GOP rank and file has stirred among the more moderately conservative politicians who once ran things.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism Is Not the Tea Party at Prayer

At their national conference this week, Catholic bishops should ponder how they transformed a moment of exceptional Catholic unity into an occasion for recrimination and anger.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney: Winning Votes, Not Love

Mitt Romney is grinding his way to the Republican presidential nomination not by winning hearts but by imposing his will on a party that keeps resisting him.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



Jason Hargrove (CC-BY)

Mitt Romney: An Extremist for the Privileged

There is a terrible bias in the mainstream media, which judge “moderation” almost entirely in relation to positions on social issues such as abortion or gay marriage.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Tenuous Lead

If the election were held right now, President Obama would likely win by about the same margin that propelled him into office in 2008. But how fragile are his current advantages?

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

On the President as Alien

They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn’t, he’s a secularist who is waging war on religion.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ideological Hypocrites

Conservatives in power have never been—and can never be—as anti-government as they are in a campaign.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney’s Big Problem

Mitt Romney has lost his central asset. It is no longer obvious that he is the Republican with the best chance of defeating President Obama.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Contraception and the Cost of Culture Wars

The problem with culture wars is that one side typically has absolutely no understanding of what the other is trying to say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Clint, Rick and the Limits of Pessimism

What do Rick Santorum and Clint Eastwood have in common?

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


How Romney Won, and Lost

Romney’s decisive victory in Florida came at a price. He aggravated Newt Gingrich’s hostility to him, with all the trouble that could entail, and left behind a dispirited Republican electorate in a state the GOP needs to win this fall.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Owes More on Religious Freedom

On contraception, Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus, strengthened the very forces inside the church that sought to derail the health care law, and created unnecessary problems for himself in the 2012 election.

Posted on Jan 29, 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



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


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.

Posted on Jan 5, 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



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney and the Art of Unpredictable Predictability

No matter what happens in Iowa, Mitt Romney has a safety net in New Hampshire. And that could rank as the year’s most perilous sentence.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Iowa Chaos

Is Rick Santorum the next non-Romney to emerge from the pack? Could he conceivably win Iowa?

Posted on Dec 22, 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)

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



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Abroad: Democratic Realism

It was gratifying to hear a despotic leader blame the United States for the rise of a democratic protest movement against his regime.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Square Deal

President Obama has decided that he is more likely to win if the election is about big things rather than small ones.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



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



World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

Giving Politicians a Good Name

Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

Posted on Nov 30, 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



Tony Unruh (CC-BY-ND)

Obama’s Catholic Friends and Enemies

Any time the Obama administration touches issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, it seems to get itself caught in a rhetorical and moral crossfire that leaves all involved wounded and angry.

Posted on Nov 23, 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



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



© Jeff Pappas

3 Signs Anti-Wall Streeters Are Succeeding

We may be reaching an inflection point, the moment when the terms of the political argument change decisively.

Posted on Oct 30, 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



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Lincoln’s Lessons for Obama

Can President Obama take advantage of the egalitarian sentiment let loose in the country by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations? The best response comes not from polls but from history.

Posted on Oct 19, 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


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