Tag Archives: Conservatism

Fox News makes viewers more conservative

I thought viewers watched Fox News to confirm their biases. Apparently the effect is subtler: Fox News makes viewers more conservative, according to a study conducted by the American Economic review. The effects of CNN and MSNBC on centrist voters … Continue reading

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The party of Reagan = the party of Arpaio and Trump

Of course Chuck Todd said the GOP is keeping silent about the pardoning of Joe Arpaio. I can lay the encouragement of Arpaio’s sadism across the lap of a generation of Republican legislators. Scott Lemieux: Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio, … Continue reading

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Protesting against protesters

Black Lives Matter eroded the cerebral cortex of many state legislators. Consequently, legislators wrote bills exempting drivers who think it’s fine to run over protestors if these drivers were late for a nail appointment or a PTA meeting. The trend … Continue reading

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The president’s contempt for human dignity

In the last forty-eight hours, Donald J. Trump’s contempt for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has led to wags speculating that he hopes to push the attorney general close enough to the window so that Sessions jumps. Yesterday the National Review, … Continue reading

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And here it comes…

Republicans are set to vote on a bill that would increase the amount of money that millionaires can take home while condemning millions of their fellow citizens to poverty and death – and they haven’t read the bill. Paul Waldman put … Continue reading

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Helping the hopeless

Once again, The New Yorker, like many daily newspapers where coastal elites dwell, dips a toe gingerly into the pool of poor white resentment. What Peter Hessler found will surprise no one since November 2016: Before Trump took office, people … Continue reading

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Animals in their death throes

The GOP in two hundred-fifty characters or less. Posting has been light this July as I go on vacation and finish a more hectic than usual summer semester (I teach all summer). But I couldn’t resist commenting on that missive … Continue reading

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Missouri legislators to women: stay home

Should you have the luck to land a job in Missouri and you’re a woman, you best hope your landlord doesn’t ask for medical records. Its senate has legislation that allows bosses and landlords to “discriminate against women who use … Continue reading

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The politics of cowardice

Thanks to the wizardly Mitch McConnell and his aides, the Affordable Care Act is set to transform into a bill authorizing tax cuts for millionaires and the vaporizing of Medicaid, the dream of the Ayn Rand-ites since 1964. Before readers … Continue reading

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Overreacting to loss aka the Democratic way

Take care, Jon Ossoff! Patrick Murphy, Jason Carter, and Michelle Nunn are waiting in the bar. When I posted about the Georgia Sixth race yesterday morning, I didn’t make a call — whatever for? For Ossoff to win a district … Continue reading

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The nonsense of marching against “Sharia law”

So marches against “Sharia law” are happening as I type. Fortunately, these marches celebrate the diversity of opinion regarding the interpretation of the Koran and the discussion among Muslims about what Sharia means. Pawl Bazile, who runs Proud Boy, a … Continue reading

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“The way to unlock the logjam in the House”

Never forget: Republicans believe if you’re poor you deserve no help because it’s your fault. Republicans searching for consensus on how to pay for tax cuts are beginning to weigh attacking spending in potentially sensitive areas of the budget. Senate … Continue reading

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