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The Tea Party Test Case

The only way to objectively define the tea party is to find a test case. And thanks to Wisconsin’s Senate race, we have exactly that.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE


Myth Busted

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Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE


Thugs on the Right

Sometimes tea party ideologues are described as libertarians, but the behavior of their leading candidates betrays an authoritarian streak just beneath all the sonorous rhetoric.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


A National Election, Like It or Not

While Republicans hammer away at a key set of themes, from jobs to the deficit, Democrats have left loyalists who deserve better without the support of a driving national message.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


French Demonstrations Mark the End of an Era

It is not pension claims that are driving the current political uproar. It is popular fury at the people who created the present economic crisis and have been rewarded, with everyone else left to face the consequences.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


Christine O’Donnell’s Staggering Ignorance

We’ve been trying to ignore a certain Senate candidate, but her latest display is so shocking (as the audience gasps during this debate confirm), it simply must be witnessed.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


Don’t Man Up, Grow Up

In this, the year of the Mama Grizzly, let’s stop stirring the moose chili for a moment to ponder three words—man up and whore—and what they have to tell us about the muddled state of gender politics.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE


Waiting for Another Watergate

What is the most powerful political operation in the country in this 21st century? It’s the United States Supreme Court. The men and women in black are on their way to deciding their second national election in just the first decade of the century.

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Bush’s Brain’s Brain?

Today on the list: Meet Karl Rove’s Karl Rove, what happens when you Facebook friend request yourself, and the third-party candidates who still can’t catch a break.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Wave and the Reality

It’s easy to imagine how Democrats, facing near-unanimous predictions of a wipeout, could bestir themselves to narrow the enthusiasm gap by just enough to turn a potential “wave” election into a regular midterm setback for the party in power.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


Glenn Beck Is No Match for William Shatner

Back in his CNN days, the cable crier was baffled by a conversation with the always fascinating William Shatner. Even a chatterbox like Beck didn’t know what to do with a statement like, “They’re pressed together, defecating into the ocean and it’s all ... it’s just too much.”

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Election Year Blahs

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Condoleezza Rice

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In the Arena

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Iraq’s PM Heads to Iran for Advice

Nouri al-Maliki is more than influenced by the Shiite clerics in Iran who have done so much for the troubled Iraqi prime minister. Maliki just schlepped over the border for a powwow with Iranian bigwigs. Tehran’s spokesman said the PM was in town to exchange views, but for all we know he just needed a hug. (continued)

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Triple Play

The Republican Party is running a three-level campaign this year that gives its candidates a wealth of advantages—in flexibility, deniability, and determination.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE


Auction House

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Rescue

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Existence of Tea Party Candidates Casts Doubt on Evolution

Two of the theory of evolution’s most vociferous doubters, Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell, may be living proof that Darwin was wrong, leading scientists believe.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Bitter Setbacks for the Foes of ‘Don’t Ask’

Repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” should have been easy. Now opponents of the policy have to watch the administration oppose a court order prohibiting discrimination against gays in the military.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Looney, and That’s No Debate

Sorry, but I just can’t do it anymore. When has there been an election with so many looney tunes running under the banner of one of our major parties?

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Brace Yourself for ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’

For all the gosh-darn folksiness Sarah Palin hurls in our direction, the preview for her new TLC show makes the former governor’s existence seem pretty charmed.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


This Attack Ad Cannot Be Real

The founder and publisher of the Political Wire, Taegan Goddard, wonders if this attack ad isn’t the best of all time, and it may be, but it also feels like something that aired between segments of “Saturday Night Live.” Only this is funny.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


They All Do It

Both parties and their allies exploit and stretch campaign finance laws. To expect otherwise is to expect lions not to eat zebras when the opportunity arises.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


‘Crazy Carl’ and the Limits of Anger

To call Carl Paladino brash and a loudmouth understates the case. The New York Daily News has taken to referring to the Republican nominee for New York governor as “Crazy Carl,” and his latest series of outbursts demonstrated why.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



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West Virginia Republican Wants 1,000 Sky Lasers

Aspiring senator John Raese has said some strange things, but it’s hard to top “We need 1,000 laser systems put in the sky and we need it right now. That is [of] paramount importance.” Raese is so worried about nuclear attack, you see, he would like to deploy “right now” a technology that probably won’t be workable for at least 20 years.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Run and Tell That, Christine O’Donnell

What exactly was the Delaware tea partyer going for with this commercial that references the bedroom intruder song?

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Gorbachev’s ‘New Policy Forum’ Hints at the Future

No one attending the New Policy Forum in Sofia was very interested in Washington’s present military and geostrategic preoccupations.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Tory vs. Voodoo Conservatism

I’m not a witch. But if I were, the first spell I’d cast would be to turn House Minority Leader John Boehner into British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Will Black Voters Respond to Obama’s Needs?

With African-Americans, the president’s appeal has been simple and direct: “I need you.” The response he gets from black voters may determine the outcome of some of November’s key races.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Ahmadinejad and the Limits of American and Israeli Power

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Middle East’s populist answer to the American tea party, has stirred controversy with his trip to Lebanon, which will begin Wednesday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Is on Collapsing Empire Watch

As the Salon scribe points out, it can be “quite difficult to really internalize” America’s superpower implosion, but the numbers don’t lie. Our life expectancy ranking is dropping like a rock, while we’re getting better and better at imprisoning, executing and selling guns to people. USA! USA!

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


Toxic Ad Spill

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Take America Back

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Trick, Treat or Talking Points

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New York’s Paladino Hates on Gays

Carl Paladino has made a joke of the New York governor’s race, but on Sunday the tea party candidate showed he could be hateful as well. Speaking to a group of Orthodox Jews just days after it was reported that two teenagers and an adult were tortured nearby in the Bronx for being gay, Paladino said children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is “equally valid.” (continued)

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE


The Shadow Class War of 2010

The 2010 election is turning into a class war. The wealthy and the powerful started it. This is a strange development.

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If I Had a Hammer

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The Sun King

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Needed: Competition for Black Votes

In politics, as in business, competition is good. Monopolies inevitably take their customers for granted.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Chamber of Commerce Goes on a Political Shopping Spree

The pro-business and, more often than not, pro-Republican group is spending $10 million on TV ads this week alone, and it doesn’t have to say who is paying for any of it. The ads, part of a reported $75 million campaign to shake up Congress, represent the biggest one-week spending spree by a non-party group, reports AP.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Ideologies Behind the Ideologues

Why should European ideologies of the far right suddenly become fashionable among citizens who so blithely accuse the White House of importing “socialist” policies from abroad?

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



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White House Categorically Denies Biden-Clinton Swap

You’d think Bob Woodward would have no trouble selling books without making up a humdinger like this, but the WashPo sage told CNN that the White House was considering having Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden swap jobs. “Just absolutely not true,” responds the White House. (Video and more after the jump)

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



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March to Nowhere

We can hold One Nation marches every week. It will not make any difference until we revolt against the formal structures of power.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


The Cash Cow of Anonymity

How sweet and innocent they seem, these mysterious organizations with names like Americans for Job Security. Who could argue with that? Who wants job insecurity?

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


California Debate Heats Up Over Immigration

What are the odds that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s having hired and fired an undocumented worker would come up during the Univision debate? Opponent Jerry Brown lets Whitman have it for, like the worst rich-lady stereotype, blaming the housekeeper.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care’s Second Wind

Despite the conventional wisdom, more and more Democrats are proudly campaigning on what the health care bill has achieved—and they should.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE


Lawyers Run America

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Brazil After Lula

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Democrats to Employ Man Who Played Obama During 2008 Campaign

According to preliminary plans, the guy who played Obama in 2008 will be used to fire up huge crowds in key races, while the actual President Obama will remain behind in Washington giving boring speeches about electronic medical records.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE


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