The Other McCain

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

‘Like a Plot Twist in a Faulkner Novel’

ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Mississippi Working from an enormous cabin in the middle of a 37-acre forest, it feels like I’m in a remote wilderness, although I’m actually just 15 miles from Tupelo. Our accommodations Monday night were graciously provided by a local Tea Party lady who knows Ali Akbar, and the mailing address here is Mantachie […]


With little advance warning, I have decided to hit the road today, bound for New Orleans and the Republican Leadership Conference: Republicans who can’t wait for an advance preview of the 2016 GOP presidential primary campaign should mark the last weekend in May on their calendars and book their flights for New Orleans, site of […]

Mopery, With Intent to Lurk

WE'VE BEEN SUED BY DOCTOR EVIL! Hat-tip: @bet0001970 | @wjjhoge @AaronWorthing @ali @Kimberlinunmask — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) September 18, 2013 Mopery (noun) — “The action of committing a minor or petty offence, such as loitering, etc.; contravention of a trivial or hypothetical law, esp. when used as an excuse to harass or arrest a […]

Headin’ to South Cackalacky!

There’s a debate tomorrow night in Charleston, Ed Morrissey interviewed Curtis Bostic this morning, and Ann Coulter says: There’s no “win” for the GOP with Sanford, except that Mark Sanford is bored and no one will hire him.  So the country has to take one for the team — Team Sanford! The country is important, […]

Can the Shoe Leather Fund Send Me to South Carolina? O, Ye of Little Faith!

OK, I never heard the name “Curtis Bostic” until last week, when he finished second to Mark Sanford in the South Carolina 1st District primary. Now, Bostic has been endorsed by Rick Santorum and polls show Bostic doing better than Sanford against Stephen Colbert’s sister. So it’s obviously time for a road trip and, with […]

Fear and Loathing at the #NRISummit: Can We Survive the Sarcasm Deficit?

Perhaps National Review‘s famed cartoonist Roman Genn can do a savage caricature of the donnybrook brawl I’ve been trying to incite for this weekend’s National Review Institute “Future of Conservatism” Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Was it a smart career move to kick Jonah Goldberg in the knee? No, of course […]

The Problem With ‘Sponsored Content’: Atlantic Unpublishes Scientology Article

How do you turn pixels into profits? This is an industry-wide issue for journalism in the digital New Media age, and the “sponsored content” approach — selling ads that look like articles — is supposed to be the wave of the future. Well . . . The Atlantic apparently sold space to the Church Creepy Ripoff […]


Volunteers make calls at Americans for Prosperity phone bank in Ohio BLUE ASH, Ohio We’re at the center of the storm — ground zero of the entire presidential campaign — and you’d think this might provide some special insight into the ultimate outcome of the election. Not so. Ali’s spent the morning pondering the Electoral […]

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