The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

National Review Institute Summit: Will This Controversial Event Make Headlines?

My decision yesterday to kick Jonah Goldberg in the knee promises to yield enormous dividends both ways. Goldberg has denounced my criticisms as “preening b.s.,” and he’s vowed to fire back at length later today, so I look forward to a (no doubt well-deserved) ass-chewing. Do I expect Jonah to say nice things about me? No, but […]

The Demographics of Envy

“No one has been through the fire more so than our congressperson, and we in the district have sent him back because we have faith in him, and that he has our interests in mind, and quite frankly he’s one of us.” – Keith L. T. Wright, co-chairman of the New York Democratic Party, praising […]

Ideology, Personalities and Competence

Last week, I was a guest on “The Rebecca Diserio Show,” and Becca Lower has been kind enough to transcribe the first half of the interview here. We were talking about Saxby Chambliss and I compared it to the situation with Charlie Crist in 2009-2010: Now, I’m all in favor of electing a Republican majority […]

The Republican Clown Car Campaign

Susannah Fleetwood has a long critique of the 2012 campaign today at Right Wing News that makes an important point early: Mitt Romney out-performed eleven out fifteen of the Republican Senatorial candidates, and the four that he didn’t out-perform were from very blue states that Republicans never win. . . . In other words, if […]

VIDEO: David Horowitz Slams Obama’s Attack on Islam Film, First Amendment

Nice Deb sets it up for you: An appalled David Horowitz, appearing on America Live with Megyn Kelly, passionately defended freedom of speech, Thursday, calling the arrest of the anti Islam movie maker, one of the “most disgraceful moments in the history of the American Presidency”, adding “if you don’t have the right of expressing […]

Republican Fascism And Raaaaacism

by Smitty Yet another superb Bill Whittle outing: Now that you have a clear idea of the historical basis for ‘fascism’, here goes Larry Johnson: The core of conservatism is the belief in the inalienable rights of the individual and the limits imposed on Federal power in order to protect and preserve those rights. But […]

The Krauthammer Caucus

One cause of this year’s up-and-down cycles in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination has been the powerful influence Fox News exercises over conservative opinion. While I am capable of filtering Fox in the same way I filter any other information stream — and am naturally resistant to peddlers of Conventional Wisdom — it cannot be denied […]

We’ve All Gone Crazy

Folie à deux — shared psychosis; a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief are transmitted from one individual to another. Who’s nuts: David Frum or the Republicans who hate him? It’s a very strange experience to have your friends think you’ve gone crazy. Some will tell you so. Others will indulgently humor […]

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