Cain’s Tax and Economic Policies Driving the Republican Race

By: Friday October 21, 2011 12:15 pm

What Cain has done on taxes and economic policy is similar to what John Edwards did on health care in 2008. He came out of the box first with a comprehensive plan, and it drew his competition entirely to his left. Even though Cain is being savaged for his wealth redistribution scheme, he’s drawing everyone to his right. Rick Perry’s introducing a flat tax. Mitt Romney endorsed a version of the Paul Ryan plan for Medicare vouchers. It’s become follow-the-leader in the Republican Party, and Cain is the leader. Regressive taxes and wealth distribution upward is the order of the day.


EPI Exposes James O’Keefe’s Failed Attempt to Buy Findings

By: Tuesday October 18, 2011 11:31 am

EPI is a small, respected economic policy think tank focusing on progressive economic issues. They do good work, so naturally, James O’Keefe tried to discredit them by conning them into a phony effort to pay for favorable findings — but EPI’s folks saw the ruse.

When All You Have Is A Hammer, Everyone Looks Like A Muslim

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 7:30 am

Frank Gaffney, who is Pam Geller without the boob job and paint-peeling voice, thinks the Norway terrorist Tea Partier might very well have been some kind of Double Super Secret Muslim Brotherhood plant (the Muqdadiyah Candidate? why not?) inserted to make people like Frank Gaffney look stupid.

Late Night: Atlas Sucked

By: Saturday April 16, 2011 8:07 pm

Atlas Shrugged! The Movie! opened yesterday. I considered seeing it, because I am a scientist, and certain phenomena ought to be studied. (Some people make a nice living investigating ringworms, you know.) And also I figured it just might be good for a laugh.

Israelis Trying to Tamp Down Criticism of Mubarak

By: Monday January 31, 2011 1:10 pm

This may seem like the right wing — in both Israel and the U.S. — is in a pickle, caught between defending freedom and defending dictatorship. But I think they’re just working to define the new reality, and getting an early start on denouncing whatever following Mubarak in Egypt as a radical Islamist puppet government. I think this could play in the US media – we’re already seeing some of that – but worldwide it can and should be met with total condemnation. If we had smart Democrats they’d highlight this as well.

Loughner’s Conspiracy-Fueled Rampage Has Origins in the Fringe Right

By: Monday January 17, 2011 9:15 am

Republicans have pulled off a neat trick with respect to Jared Loughner. They have worked very hard to characterize him as a “whacko” and a “nutjob” (inadvertently hurting the prospect of a successful prosecution, by the way), going so far as to use the shooting as an opportunity to revamp the nation’s mental health system. I’m all for that, but the ulterior motive from the right is to absolve themselves of blame and marginalize the voices talking about overheated political rhetoric.

Right Wing CPAC Crackup over Gay Rights Group

By: Wednesday December 29, 2010 11:30 am

CPAC, the venerable right-wing gathering, has a problem over its welcoming of the conservative gay group GOProud, fomenting into a full-fledged revolt by several right-wing fundie groups, who are now boycotting CPAC over GOProud’s participation.

Right-Wing Talker Fired from Congressional CoS Job for Inciting Threat Against Public Schools

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 3:50 pm

Allen West may be the nuttiest of the nutjob Republicans elected last week, and it took him negative-55 days in office to register his first controversy. West signaled his intention to hire a Florida conservative talk-show host as his chief of staff. After criticism of her and some of her comments (calling Nancy Pelosi “garbage,” basically calling for armed insurrection to take back the government), West dropped her, with the talk-show host, Joyce Kaufman, saying she would not be used in an “electronic lynching” by liberals. (West is black, by the way.)

But the case doesn’t appear to be that cut and dried. Kaufman may have incited a threat against Broward County schools, which is probably more the reason she won’t be running a Congressional office in Washington.

The Latest Totally Isolated Incident From A Republican Bad Apple

By: Friday October 22, 2010 6:01 pm

Oh look, a Republican advocating violence. But only if the GOP doesn’t retake the House, which I think makes him a moderate now.

Late Night: On the Other Hand, Paul Krugman Is Surely an Excellent Kickboxer

By: Wednesday October 13, 2010 8:00 pm

I am, of course, as is well-known, a Totally Serious Pundit Thinker Gravely Concerned over the Sad Decline of Our National Discourse, a Discourse which is, like, currently right now, totally in The Shitter. I think I speak for Serious Pundit Thinkers everywhere when I say this. Like the Atlantic’s Michael Hirschorn, I place the [...]

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