Tag Archives: Conservatism

The job as meaningless abstraction

A reminder that Presidents Jeb!, Cruz, Paul, and Plankton would have also “pondered” the following: After allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, the Trump administration is now pondering lifetime limits on adults’ access to coverage. Capping health … Continue reading

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The normalization project continues

After beginning a paragraph with the stunningly vapid rhetorical question, “Should Stephen Miller be at the table” one of the New York Times’ stupidest columnists lets us watch the remains of his cerebellum crumble into ash: Miller is the White … Continue reading

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Modern conservatism is a shuck, part 3456

Yet another publication runs yet another series of responses from Trump’s America, in which we learn that “embarrassment” with the president, to quote one letter, pales beside feeling proud of the flag, sticking it to liberals, and posturing emptily at … Continue reading

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On the loathsome career of Orrin Hatch

In John Nichols’ scathing epitaph for the career of Orrin Hatch as Utah senator, I learned about Frank Moss, whom Hatch beat in the late seventies at the start of his tenure.

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Puerto Rico and imperial machinations

Ricardo Rosselló, governor of a U.S. territory where power, thanks to Hurricane Maria, remains out for 36 percent of the population, tried making nice with Congress; now, incensed by how the tax bill on the verge of passing will punish … Continue reading

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It’s Doug Jones

10:49 p.m. I’ve turned my TV off twice in the last forty-five minutes as it became clearer that Doug Jones was likely going to win the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate. He beat the alleged pedophile, definite bigot, … Continue reading

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Now we’re in for it…

Although as of this moment the Senate has halted forward motion on Millionaires Bailout Act II, the enthusiasm of Susan Collins and John McCain adduce a general caviling to the wishes of the donor class that represents the true GOP … Continue reading

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This is why the GOP sticks by Trump

Buried in the Washington Post’s letter section is this reasonable little missive: I calculated the impact of the Republican Senate and House tax “reform” bills based on my 2016 income tax return and found that my wife’s and my tax … Continue reading

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The odious familiarity of the Roy Moore candidacy

When I read about the Senate GOP’s public displays of agony over the mall shopping habits of Alabama’s Roy Moore, I have to remind them that they needn’t worry. History teaches us that senators can tolerate all manner of sedition … Continue reading

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Election night 2017

With Danica Roems winning a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, Jeremy Northam winning the governor’s race in the commonwealth after running an execrable campaign, and Phil Murphy’s victory in New Jersey, I have a thoughtful response for what … Continue reading

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‘In an ideal world, the United States would not be systematically soft on white-collar crime’

Watching the 6:30 FOX News segment led by stolid Brett Baier last night was like stepping into a leprosy ward after an afternoon of sunshine, a suspicion shared by several anonymous FOX employees today, as it happens. Hours ago, Robert … Continue reading

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The GOP’s moral courage

While y’all slept after an afternoon of tweeting about Jeff Flake’s vow to stay in the Senate as long as voters allow until Trumpism is destroyed, the Senate complicated your attempts to file a class action lawsuit against a behemoth … Continue reading

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