‘Getting on each other’s nerves is our right’

In his review of Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, Chris Heller asks: The question that lingers throughout Lafayette is why this democracy has lasted. If America has such an exceptional form of government, what is it that makes it so special? The answer, says Vowell, lies in our freedom to permit and… More ‘Getting on each other’s nerves is our right’

Happy Thanksgiving — for what it’s worth

My family serves mushroom foie gras to accompany the venison and avoids heated arguments, but I know Syria, Barack Obama’s response, and other Democratic verities have come under scrutiny at other tables. Digby: The difference between these two phenomena is best illustrated by the massive whining and tantrums that result from any joking around about… More Happy Thanksgiving — for what it’s worth

‘Careless self-interest and optimism’: Joan Didion

Joan Didion’s work after 1980 remains her best. The essays in Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album boast too perfect a marriage between form and content. Covering the El Mozote massacre, the prestidigitators working in the Reagan administration, the Michael Dukakis campaign, and the Bill Clinton impeachment applied her talent for selective quotation to… More ‘Careless self-interest and optimism’: Joan Didion

Legion of Doom: GOP debate #1, Part 8

10:32: Asked about #BlackLivesMatter, Scott Walker says #CopsMatter. 10:37: “If Iran was a stock, you guys should go out and buy it!” Also: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl! 10:39: Ted Cruz reminds people that Iran released the hostages “the day that Ronald Reagan took office” and a few months after Reagan campaign people met with Iranian go-betweens… More Legion of Doom: GOP debate #1, Part 8

Crunching numbers

In July 2015, I’m concerned about the Democrats keeping the White House, not at this point who should sit in the Oval Office, let alone whom should the press anoint the frontrunner. Ahem: If you want to understand why the debates over the Confederate flag and Donald Trump’s immigration outbursts have so many senior Republicans… More Crunching numbers