Tag Archives: Liberalism

Who did what to whom

I’m not a fan of Scott Lemieux, but he at least grapples with the reality of door-to-door politics like his colleagues don’t. In light of recent “Joe Biden would have won talk,” another variant on the speculation around my preferred … Continue reading

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Elections 2018, post-cockiness edition

One calendar year ago I was excited enough to amble around campus in a state of suppressed glee, a phenomenon I couldn’t attribute to having voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton a couple weeks earlier. Although I was under no illusions … 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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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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Responses to violence

Julia Azari reviews the history of presidential responses to acts of violence on black citizens: In 1906, for example, a group of African-American soldiers in Brownsville, Texas, was accused of shooting multiple people. They were acquitted by a court and … Continue reading

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On circular firing squads

While House and Senate Republicans voted on a millionaires tax cut called health care reform, many noticed that not a single Democrat in Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s respective caucuses broke rank — not Heidi Heitkamp, not Joe Manchin. With … Continue reading

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The power of an alarmed citizenry

“Yes, Mr. Soto?” the woman on the phone says, in the manner of a restaurant hostess acknowledging a demanding regular. She also sounds like one of my great aunts. Three mornings a week since late January I will call the … 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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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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Ossoff v. Handel

Although a local poll shows a tied race between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handle in the Georgia Sixth election, a win for the Republican Handel wouldn’t surprise me. If Ossoff loses, I hope its effect is exfoliating: it should demoralize … Continue reading

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‘Social issues’ ARE economic

An election battle over the mayoral race in Omaha has given the New York Times the excuse to run yet another story pitting “economic justice” versus “social issues”: Not every liberal sees the issue as so clear-cut. Ms. Weingarten, who … Continue reading

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Liberal activism – continued signs of life

As a new week dawns and pundits crow about the rain of rockets on Syrian airbases that will return to full operating capacity, let’s focus on good news: Democratic activism isn’t waning. n California’s 49th District, where Representative Darrell E. … Continue reading

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