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The stale myth of Robert Kennedy’s invincibility

We hate strongmen like Donald Trump and wish them overthrown with our own strongmen. MSNBC’s long cry over the memory of Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy in the last two days is an example of rare bipartisan comity; even Joe Scarborough admits … Continue reading

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A win in Trump Country: Conor Lamb and PA-18

The person above is shooting an AR-15. He is Conor Lamb, congressman-elect for PA-18, a district soon to vanish under new redistricting. No doubt the GOP will go to court, but if the latest facts hold Lamb has beat Rick … Continue reading

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Pour yourself a scotch, Rex

Farewell, Rex Tillerson, he of the formidable mane and the courtly baritone of a plantation manager. Other than gutting the State Department – the dream of every Republican going back to Senator Richard Nixon’s fulminations against the “striped pants set” … Continue reading

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The Democratic disgraces who voted for the banking bill

Elizabeth Warren is angry: “Just this week we lost the first round in the battle of a bad banking bill — a bill that would take the reins off of Wall Street’s most reckless actors and put as greater risk … Continue reading

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How presidential rankings can rankle and reek

The latest presidential rankings suggest #metoo and racial tumult have affected several reputations, notably Andrew Jackson (out of the top ten and tumbling, thank the lord or Jon Meacham) and Woodrow Wilson’s (same). Poppy Bush is solidly in the top … Continue reading

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The return of the war hawks

I see the War Whisperer is back on the case: As I wrote yesterday, the average MSNBC viewer endures Nicole Wallace, John Podhoretz, Steve Schmidt, and its prize thoroughbred Joe Scarborough. But Bill Kristol hangs out in its green rooms … Continue reading

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“In Alabama, we always say, ‘Thank God for Mississippi’”

What with the elimination of pork and the GOP’s fealty to its corporate donors, there is no time to deal with the mundanities of local politics. Take Alabama, where you may have heard about a special election Senate race About … Continue reading

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Never get complacent

The machinations of organizations like this are why we queer folk can’t relax. Never, never. behold the so-called Alliance Defending Freedom, comprising people who went to school, got degrees with polysyllabic words on them, and wave hello at your kids’ … 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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On the NFL

It’s not as if I need fresh reasons to loathe professional sports. To claim that there are politics-free spaces is to tacitly admit that you’re a privileged guy. If I kiss a boyfriend in a Starbucks, I worry about an … Continue reading

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Best anti-war songs

“My idea has always been that if we could bring the mothers of the various nations together, then there would be no more war.” — Howards End Mrs. Wilcox was correct, only substitute “awesome bangers” instead of “mothers.” Also, Mrs. … Continue reading

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Taking the Electoral College to school

My man James Madison explained in 1787 why we’ve got an Electoral College: The right of suffrage was much more diffusive in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the … Continue reading

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