Tag Archives: Conservatism

Koch brothers

I’d….forgotten David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 1980. He thought Ronald Wilson Reagan was too liberal. In 1980. Bernie Sanders: In 1980, Libertarian vice-presidential candidate David Koch ran on a platform that called for abolishing … Continue reading

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Revisionism redux: George H.W. Bush

He must be near death. This article feels like the first draft of an obituary: Also on hand will be another Democrat, former Representative David R. Obey of Wisconsin, who helped broker the 1990 budget deal that included tax increases. … Continue reading

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Bill Kristol: “You and the rest of your cowardly cohort helped prepare the ground for the worst geopolitical mistake the country has made in 30 years”

Charles Pierce greets Bill Kristol’s sudden jollity on the Beltway boot tubes with a hearty welcome and back pat: Blow me, you monstrous, bloodthirsty fraud, you silly, stupid chickenhawk motherfker who plays army man with the children of people who … Continue reading

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“Liberals think Democrats shot themselves in the foot on Social Security”

Speculation, as they say, but worth considering: Democrats used a familiar playbook, accusing Republican David Jolly of wanting to privatize the program. House Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Democratic candidates, dropped almost $750,000 on an ad warning that … Continue reading

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“It’s fine by me if they vote more often”

I wish the whole thing were up: a “Firing Line” episode from the early eighties in which William F. Buckley, Jr asks two guests about what exactly “gay rights” means. Richard Ashworth joined Parents of Lesbians and Gay Men upon … Continue reading

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David Brooks looks at women!

Dear god why isn’t this man a sex therapist? When men become fathers, their testosterone levels drop, thus reducing their sex drive. There’s some evidence that it’s the smell of their own infants (but not other people’s infants) that sets … Continue reading

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A hit! A very palpable hit!

National Review takes itself quite seriously. Self-pity requires taking yourself seriously. Among the most entertaining writers in that Aegean stable is one Jay Nordlinger. He writes like Jack Handey with aphasia. His approach is to qualify a lament with an … Continue reading

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The next battle over abortion

Awful: There were 44 facilities that performed abortions in Texas in 2011, abortion providers said. After the two closings on Thursday, there are now 24, they said. When the law is fully implemented in September, that number is expected to … Continue reading

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Rep. Trey Gowdy: mandatory sentences made little sense for minor offenses

Bipartisanship! While a range of judges, prosecutors and public defenders have for years raised concerns about disparities in punishment, it is this alliance that may make politically possible the most significant liberalization of sentencing laws since President Richard M. Nixon … Continue reading

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“Will Judge Sarah Zabel do to our voting rights what Bull Connor did to our civil rights?”

I’m sure this tactic will work. With Florida’s gay-marriage ban threatened in Miami court, social conservatives launched a counteroffensive Friday, accusing same-sex union proponents of opposing civil rights. The new argument from the Christian Family Coalition and other groups adopts … Continue reading

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The conservative base now: punishing the poor

It doesn’t matter how often we remind Republicans that the Affordable Care Act was born in the early nineties as a sensible “market-friendly” alternative to Bill and Hillary’s Communist plot to make Americans government slaves. What’s going on in Arkansas … Continue reading

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Why Wall Street so sad: “That kind of scare is not easy to forget.”

Reminding audiences that its excellent reporting can’t quite mitigate the sordidness of its editorial page, The Wall Street Journal ran a string of syllables by a sad venture capitalist named Tom Perkins who despite not knowing what words mean got … Continue reading

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