How Congress Votes

January 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm

OpenCongress is a great resource to find out how your House Representative or Senator has voted.

Strong But Wrong: The Conservative Story

January 18, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Conservatives have argued for years that it is better to be strong and wrong, than weak and right. Recent events may put this notion to the test. One thing I will have to admit, however, is that the conservative story is strong. This story is, I believe, the main reason […]

Conservative Enemies

January 10, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Conservatives will tell you that it is clear that they are victims of a vast conspiracy and are under attack! To find out who all these groups and people are, I started compiling a list while listening to conservative talk radio and reading conservative blogs. Here is the list of […]

$700 Billion of Political Will

January 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

This is a story about 3 numbers and what these numbers tell us: $700 billion, $30 billion, and $1 million. The $700 billion is of course the infamous financial bailout figure. $30 billion is the amount the auto industry was asking for. And $1 million is the amount of a contract […]

12 Questions Republicans Can’t Answer

August 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm

In honor of Thomas Frank’s new book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, here are 12 questions Republicans can’t answer. I’d suggest using them sparingly. Perhaps between pigs-in-a-blanket at a cocktail party. Perhaps in response to the latest label someone tries to slap on Barack Obama (Muslim, Reverend Wright associate, […]

No Incentive to End Terrorism

June 23, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I have pointed this out before, but recently an aide for John McCain said it for me: a terror incident on U.S. soil “certainly would be a big advantage to him [McCain].”

Charlie Black said this in an interview with Fortune. He since regrets saying this, but it rings true.

If terrorists attacked, people would be more likely to vote Republican. This probably doesn’t strike you as surprising, but think about the implication of this for a second.

How Obama Can Close the Deal

April 23, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Barack Obama has fought quite a primary race so far against Hillary Clinton, coming from more than 20 points down to draw even with Hillary. But some argue that he can’t close the deal. Here is what is happening and a couple ideas on how he closes. Hillary is using […]

Breaking the Progressive Comment Response Addiction

April 19, 2008 at 3:57 pm

This week’s Democratic debate caused a fury on the Internet. During the first 45 minutes, the moderators (Stephanopoulos and Gibson) covered Obama’s “bitter” comments, the Reverend Wright, flag pins on lapels, Hillary’s lying about Bosnia sniper fire, and Obama’s relationship to William Ayers. You would hardly know we were a […]

A Local WEBN Advertisement and Our Political Debate

April 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm

WEBN is a classic rock station here in Cincinnati that has decorated our town with a lovely series of billboards. The billboards are easily spotted by single black quotes on an otherwise all-white billboard. Here are a few samples: “102.7 WEBN stinks,” Maya Buttreeks from Kenwood “102.7 WEBN is immature,” […]

Countering the Conservative Story of Outrage

March 30, 2008 at 10:00 am

I recently stumbled on an interesting piece of history called the Powell Memo that laid out the conservative plan for winning the hearts and minds of Americans. Written in 1971, almost every facet of the Powell Memo has come to be realized, from the creation of conservative think tanks, to […]