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Friday, November 24, 2017
John Stoehr
Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi Is The Most Effective Member Of The Resistance

While all this was going on, Nancy Pelosi, a petite woman from California who favors simple, but elegant clothes and matching strings of pearls, commented on the president’s first 100 days: “Tomorrow marks the one hundredth day of the Trump administration. One hundred days of broken promises to working people. One hundred days of handouts to the richest people in our country.”

May 5, 2017
Richard Spencer, Neo-Nazi, White Nationalist, Twitter

Exposing The Fraud That Is Richard Spencer

Case in point is Richard Spencer. The Washington Post called him the poster boy of white nationalism. He coined the term alt-right, celebrated the installment of Steve Bannon in the White House, and founded a so-called think tank to promote white nationalism. He even gave it a respectable sounding name, National Policy Institute. He’s also the guy who was famously punched in the side of his shaved head during President Trump’s inauguration. A video of the assault went viral. It went by various names, like “Nazi Punching.”

May 3, 2017
House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-in over gun-control law. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Drive The Wedge, Democrats

Obama wasn’t importing anybody. But otherwise King was right. Naturalized immigrants, or their natural-born children, would likely over time vote Democratic. A raw political power move, maybe. This was astute political analysis underneath a layer of racism.

April 19, 2017

Against the Rich And Racist

To be sure, the white working-class saw nothing wrong with Trump’s overt bigotry, but I’m certain none would raise racism to the level of political philosophy, partly because philosophy is not what working-class people do and partly because working-class people would find almost nothing in common with the likes of Spencer, who lives off mommy and daddy’s bank account.

April 4, 2017
Abortion, Planned Parenthood

GOP Infatuation With Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Exact Heavy Price

The GOP may pay a price for gutting Planned Parenthood, but the price will surely be higher if they foul up health care reform. If the Republicans mess this up, they will suffer, big league.

March 9, 2017
White men, special snowflakes

White Men Are The Real ‘Special Snowflakes’

I’m concerned that the real special snowflakes are not racial minorities, Jews, Muslims, women, or LGBTQ people. These are among the toughest people I have met, people who have endured all manner of stigma that by accident of birth I have not endured. These people are tough. It’s the white men I worry about.

February 3, 2017
Senate Democratic leader Schumer warns against Obamacare repeal

The ‘Coastal Elites’ Are Reclaiming The Mantle Of God And Country

Democrats, liberals, and other “coastal elites” have begun taking back the mantle of God and country that has been denied them since 1980. With Ronald Reagan’s ascent, no one could be more patriotic than a Republican, according to Republicans. But with an authoritarian’s ascent, the Republicans are forfeiting, eagerly, the exclusive claim they once had to “restoring” the Constitution.

February 2, 2017
Obamacare, Healthcare

Killing Obamacare Would Kill Jobs

Republicans already knew that Obamacare was not a job killer. It was not “government-run” health insurance. There never were “death panels.” It was all a big play to win elections.

January 12, 2017
Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event with Vice-President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Why Political Journalists Can’t Take Criticism

I get why Washington journalists respond to criticism in partisan fashion. When readers complained last week about a botched AP report, they were mostly supporters of Hillary Clinton. Naturally you’re upset, the reporter thinks. You don’t like news that reflects poorly on your preferred candidate.

September 4, 2016

Trump Can’t Meet His Own Standards

Critics were right Wednesday in blasting CNN commentators for describing Republican Donald Trump as presidential. He had given remarks beside Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. As the Washington Posts’s Greg Sargent predicted, he didn’t vomit. He didn’t urinate. So … he’s presidential!

September 2, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tapes an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show in Los Angeles, California, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

How The Clinton Foundation Became A ‘Scandal’

The Washington Post yesterday reported that on three occasions Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin was contacted by donors to the Clinton Foundation asking for favors. The outcome of one was a meeting. The outcome of the others was nothing. That’s it.

August 25, 2016
Combination photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (L) and Lucy Nicholson

There’s No Such Thing As Not Voting

Voting is a political strategy. It’s civic participation. It’s about citizenship, not individualism. Participate or don’t, but don’t tell us sitting on the sidelines makes you a better person. Don’t tell us how serious you are, how rational, how moral, by your choosing “none of the above.”

May 9, 2016
Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders react to primary election results during a campaign rally in Phoenix

What We Get Wrong About Presidential Power

In “Listen, Liberal” the author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? mounts a scathing indictment of the Clintons and their Democratic Party.

April 25, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington March 20, 2016. REUTERS/David Ryder

Is Bernie Really The Anti-Politican?

It’s time to set aside purity tests. They are unbecoming. Especially for Sanders.

April 6, 2016
Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders

The Coin-Toss Victory — And Other Hillary Clinton Myths

Hillary Clinton didn’t “win” Iowa.

February 4, 2016

When Police Brutality Goes Viral

With each viral video of police brutality comes a new opportunity to forge multiracial alliances to effect political change.

June 12, 2015

Here’s Why Republicans Never Have An Alternative To Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon in a case involving tax rebates for the purchase of health insurance. The impact of this ruling cannot be overstated.

June 4, 2015
Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham And ‘The Gay Conspiracy’

If Lindsey Graham were gay — and we should take him at his word that he is not — that might offend some in the GOP’s evangelical wing. But there are conspiracy theories that hint at something even worse.

May 29, 2015
fear, god bless america, paranoia, tea party, conservative

The Power Of Fear

Why does the GOP keep up the scare tactics? Because they always work. They have exploited the base’s fear of a black president for six years and each midterm election has rewarded their extremism.

May 22, 2015

Sympathy For The Speaker

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, the Republican House Speaker is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

May 15, 2015

Minimum Wage Is A Self-Made GOP Problem

Republicans could look to George W. Bush for an example of what to do on the minimum wage. But they won’t. And it’s going to hurt them in 2016.

May 8, 2015

Violence In Baltimore Wasn’t ‘Counterproductive’

The violence in Baltimore might be called political violence: illegitimate but rooted in the legitimate desire to petition the state for redress of grievances.

May 5, 2015

Making A Fetish Of John McCain

Why does the elite Washington media continue to pay deference to, and take seriously, the opinions of John McCain? He’s no “maverick,” he’s a feckless partisan.

May 1, 2015

Don’t Be Blinded By The Hillary Clinton Hologram

Voters must try to pierce through the “hologram” of American politics. So I’m getting in line behind the Democratic frontrunner even though I personally believe that ideological duels among like-minded partisans is healthy and good; and even though I personally dislike Hillary Clinton.

April 29, 2015

Giving The “Gays, Guns, And God” Bloc Reason To Stay Home In 2016

White evangelical voters don’t vote for things; they vote against them. And they vote against things by voting for the man who’s against them.

April 25, 2015