Tag Archives: Conservatism

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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David Brooks, in search of heroes

Yesterday, David Brooks assembled sounds into phonemes that after hours of cogitation settled into sentence structures. Let’s look at them together. It turns out that John McCain’s most important service to American democracy was not rendered in a P.O.W. camp … Continue reading

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Roy Moore, the Republican Party’s death head

When MSNBC producers started inviting Jennifer Rubin on talk shows, I thought this Rubin was a pod person grown in Leonard Nimoy’s office in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The Rubin I knew as Washington Post columnist in the early … Continue reading

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How the GOP still wins with Donald Trump: the courts

Since the Reagan era, Republicans have kept their eye on the federal courts, seeing them, correctly, as citadels of reaction that stand for decades. Democrats have not. One of the reasons I voted for Hillary Clinton was, whatever else, I … Continue reading

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A lesson from the master

What I’ve learned from twenty-nine years of reading Henry James is the cultivation of a private life, an interiority deepened by contact with our fellow men. The process is circular: the private life helps us understand friends and strangers. “I … Continue reading

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Roy Moore vs Luther Strange: the corruption of language

Only in a system as decadent as ours can the media accept staff and lobbyist nomenclature about the fictional “establishment versus outsider” binary. Luther Strange of Alabama not only opposed same sex marriage but sued the federal government over the … Continue reading

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Free speech as right ‘to protect businesses that wish to discriminate’

While Puerto Ricans roast, North Korean threaten war, and GOP senators duck for cover as the scraps of yet another bill designed to consign the poor and old to the rubbish heap falls in flames around them, it’s good to … Continue reading

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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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