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Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

Pop Culture Warned Us About Trump, Part 5: ‘The Waldo Moment’

“Unprecedented” is a word you hear to describe Donald Trump. When searching for some kind of antecedent for Trump’s unlikely ascendance, the closest thing most people have been able to locate — and, believe me, the resemblance is jarring — is an incorrigibly vulgar cartoon blue bear named Waldo.

January 12, 2016

This Week In Crazy: Welcome Back To The Nuthouse

And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

January 8, 2016

This Year In Crazy: 2015 Belonged To The Wingnuts

Each week we round up the looniest examples of right-wing bigotry, idiocy, and bizarre behavior in our “This Week In Crazy” column. Now it’s time to take stock of the entire year — which gave us more inanity, head-spinning untruth, and backwards thinking than anyone could have expected or should have to endure. This is 2015 — The Year In Crazy…

December 31, 2015

George Pataki, Centrist Former N.Y. Governor, Quits Presidential Race

Pataki stood apart from his rivals for the Republican nomination by voicing his support for legal abortion, marriage equality, and federal gun control legislation.

December 29, 2015

Lindsey Graham Exits Presidential Race, Pledges To Continue The Fight For ‘Security Through Strength’

Lindsey Graham — the hawkish Republican senator from South Carolina — announced that he would suspend his campaign for president in a video message released Monday morning, but pledged his commitment to continue to push his doctrine of “security through strength.”

December 21, 2015

Pop Culture Warned Us About Trump, Part 4: ‘The Dead Zone’

Stephen King’s most terrifying invention may be something much closer to home — a coarse, unstable demagogue who enters the political arena seemingly out of nowhere, rides a wave of populism to an unlikely White House victory, and raging with messianic self-regard incites a nuclear apocalypse. Sound at all familiar?

December 19, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Happy Holidays, You ‘Tragedy Dry-Humping Whores’

Hello, fellow warriors against Christmas. Please take your seat under this non-denominational spruce tree, next to this avowedly un-sacred crackling December fire. Everyone have their mug of profane winter nog? Good.

December 18, 2015

Restive Debates About ‘Ruthless Things’ — Fifth GOP Debates Spotlights Terror At Home And Abroad

“We’re talking about ruthless things tonight,” co-moderator Hugh Hewitt said deep in the second debate. Indeed, Rick Santorum kicked off the affair by asserting, “We have entered World War III,” setting the tone for a pair of fractious, grim GOP debates focussed on national security and terrorism.

December 16, 2015

This Week In Crazy: The Wrath Of Trump

Every time we think Trump has hit rock bottom, the tycoon breaks out the jackhammer and keeps going. The only thing more alarming than The Donald? His supporters.

December 11, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Proverbs For Paranoids

In times of crisis, we need firm leadership to take decisive action, keen insight to develop judicious strategies, and an unwavering commitment to the sensible, factual, and true. That said, steer clear of each of the following people.

December 5, 2015

Colorado Shooter Was Adulterous, Abusive Evangelical Obsessed With The Apocalypse, ‘N.Y. Times’ Reports

As long as he believed in God, he trusted he had a get-out-of-Hell-free card, no matter what violence he advocated or inflicted upon the people in his life.

December 1, 2015

Obama Hopes Colorado Shooting Will Spark Action On Guns, Honest Conversation About Abortion

A weary-sounding President Obama voiced Tuesday his hope — yet again — that a mass shooting in America might actually inspire action on gun control.

December 1, 2015

This Week In Crazy: A Cornucopia Of Claptrap

This Thanksgiving, take some time away from the warm hearth of fellowship and family time, and join me as we wallow in the mire of right-wing mendacity, ignorance, and fear. There’s plenty of room.

November 27, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Jesus, Get Your Gun!

What would Jesus do? Oppose background checks, naturally.

November 20, 2015

Bobby Jindal Ends Campaign For President

Bobby Jindal announced his withdrawal from the presidential race, bringing to a close a long-shot campaign in which the Louisiana governor tried to position himself as a crusader for the rights of conservative Christians and the sole true conservative in a crowded field of Republican rivals.

November 17, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Come, Armageddon

Despite prior warnings to this effect, which turned out to be premature, conservative right-wingers are quite sure that this time it really is the End Times.

November 13, 2015

In Arid Fourth GOP Debate, Rubio Shines, Kasich Grumbles, And Jeb Disappears

“Democrats do make it worse.” The GOP candidates in the fourth debate spent most of the evening affirming that very point, with varying shades of — and success at — charisma, but not disagreeing on much.

November 11, 2015

Jindal Vs. The Republicans At The Undercard Debate

Most GOP candidates are content to reserve their most emphatic attacks for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Not Bobby Jindal.

November 10, 2015

And Then There Were Three: Democratic Candidates Hold Court In MSNBC Forum

Without the distraction of crosstalk chatter, or the grandstanding opening and closing statements that dog the debate format; bandying with Rachel Maddow within what undergraduates might call a “safe space,” each of the Democratic candidates came across as a distilled, well-honed version of themselves.

November 7, 2015

This Week In Crazy: We Wish You A Joyous And Very Secular Late Autumn Period

It’s that non-denominational, post-Halloween, pre-New Years period again. How are you planning to celebrate the War on Christmas?

November 6, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

If you’re still looking for a scary Halloween costume, consider dressing up as a climate change doubter, an anti-vaccine advocate, or an elected official who hunts demons on the side.

October 30, 2015

Band Of Outsiders: Minor-League Republicans Make Their Case In Warmup Debate

They call it the undercard debate. But it could just as easily be described as an island of misfit Republicans.

October 28, 2015

This Week In Crazy: How To Zap God Out Of Your Head

Captain America is anti-American, scientists can nuke the religion right out of your brain, and the End Times are in sight. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

October 23, 2015

Biden Says He Will Not Be A Candidate For President, But ‘Will Not Be Silent’

After months of wavering and speculation Joe Biden announced that he would not run for president, in a heartfelt statement that might have doubled as a stump speech.

October 21, 2015

This Week In Crazy: A Jackboot On The Face Of Sanity

Dear conservatives: Imagine a jackboot stomping on the face of your overwrought metaphor. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing.

October 16, 2015