The Other McCain

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

Professional GOP Swindlers

It seems that David Dewhurst’s campaign manager broke Rule One of the Republican Party Operative Handbook: “Don’t get caught.” AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s campaign manager is under criminal scrutiny, suspected of stealing at least $600,000 — and possibly more than $1 million — from the Republican’s political accounts over the past several years. […]

The Obama Age: ‘That ’70s Show’

In last night’s traditional Christmas round-up — genius! — I began by quoting Rob Long’s doom-and-gloom comments from a New York magazine feature about the post-election National Review Caribbean cruise, an article you should read in its entirety, if you want to be thoroughly depressed about the uselessness of our conservative elite: Wonks, pundits, pollsters […]

How Romney Lost America

AOSHQ co-blogger Drew M on Twitter recommended this Boston Globe retrospective on the Romney campaign as thoroughly depressing: It was two weeks before Election Day when Mitt Romney’s political ­director signed a memo that all but ridiculed the notion that the Republican presidential nominee, with his “better ground game,” could lose the key state of […]

$118.9 Million

In the final weeks of the 2012 election season, Mitt Romney’s campaign collected $85.9 million in contributions. During the same time period, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife donated $33 million to two Republican “super-PACs.” They lost. Maybe you noticed. Suggestions of more helpful uses for that money are hereby solicited. Sheldon Adelson never […]

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 […]

Jonah Goldberg Is Wrong

He has made his peace with “compassionate conservatism” with an argument that bespeaks intellectual fatigue: The evolving demographics of the country, combined with the profound changes to both the culture and the economy, demanded that the GOP change both its sales pitch and its governing philosophy. Compassionate conservatism increasingly faded from view after 9/11. Bush […]

Paranoid Theory: ‘Karl Rove Was Out Raising Money to Keep Santorum Alive’

James Yanke at Reaganite Republican links to an article at Business Insider in which Grace Wyler gives credence to a paranoid theory offered by evangelical leader David Lane: Karl stepped on Rick Perry and then Newt Gingrich every chance he got — albeit with deceit and sophistication — and elevated Mitt Romney at strategic, crucial […]

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 […]

The Execrable Bill Maher

Noel Sheppard asks, “Exactly how does HBO put up with this week after week after week?” “The other good news is the Republicans are taking the loss well. Who am I kidding? Are you serious? No. It’s like half the nation just found out that their wife is f–king a black guy. That’s what really […]

Bizarre Statistical Improbabilities

What are the odds that two players in the same hand of Texas Hold ‘Em will both have outstanding hands — four of a kind or a straight flush? The odds against this are high enough that casinos offer so-called “Bad Beat” jackpots to be paid out in such rare instances. If there were such […]

ORCA: Romney’s Killer Fail

Back home this evening after a 12-day road trip to Ohio, I’m perusing accounts of how the Romney campaign recruited 37,00 volunteers to participate in its ORCA project to monitor Election Day turnout, a project that turned out to be a spectacular failure of epic proportions. The name that keeps coming up in these accounts […]

Deer: They’re Also Racist

This is the front end of Ali Akbar’s Hyundai Sonata: Is this my fault? It was my idea to go to Ohio, and Ali offered to drive, despite the known fact that deer hate me. Somehow, I blame myself. It’s like living through a weird Twilight Zone episode, scripted by a grim Calvinist. Strange and […]

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