What is the Divide Between Western and Eastern Republicans?

Although they find common ground on many issues, there are sharp differences between Eastern and Western conservatives. Jacob Weisberg of Slate suggests that Eastern conservatives are more moderate than Western conservatives, and that they are less inclined to take conservative social positions than their counterparts. These conservatives, he says, are inclined to accept the idea of a welfare state.… [Read more]

Love Him or Leave Him

I saw a poll among voters who consider President Obama to be the worst president in post-FDR history. They ranked President Reagan as the greatest.  It isn’t hard to dismiss this sort of faux-information as shallow, given the fact that Duck Dynasty and the Bachelorette continue to get high ratings, but I must admit that a wave of dark energy coursed through my veins.… [Read more]

Congress: You Should Have Seen This One Coming

Congress: you should have seen this one coming.

I know you’re busy congratulating yourselves for hauling yourselves out of a self-created mess that was the government shutdown, but in that time did you stop to think about the implications of your pointless turf war? Others around the world certainly have.

How embarrassed would you be, Congress, to find that while you’ve been in your filthy trenches China has provocatively suggested that our time as a leading nation is waning?… [Read more]

Government In the Examining Room: The Conservative Paradox

It’s almost October 1st, and you know what that means: Obamacare is almost officially in action. The conservatives are very upset about the legislation actually making it out into the real world, despite their many, many efforts to stop it in its tracks. What is it that they’re so scared of? Is it the free preventative care, no lifetime limits on insurance coverage, or the removal of the last vestiges of the pre-exisiting conditions clause?… [Read more]

Conservative ‘Idiocracy’

The other day, a guy I know was complaining about the Obamas going on yet another vacation. When I told him that both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush spent much more time on holiday during the comparable  5-year period in office than President Obama, he told me I must be wrong. I proceeded to show him a graphic indicating the actual number of days George W.… [Read more]

Wrangling the Crazy: The “Clowns” Within Our Political System

Last Saturday at the Missouri State Fair—a state funded, family-oriented, purportedly non-political event—an unexpected guest was invited into the rodeo rink. Once the grounds had been cleared, the announcer, then-Cowboy Association President Mark Ficken, introduced “President Obama:” a rodeo clown wearing a mask of his likeness, parading around like a living parody.

Mr. Ficken went on to taunt the city slicker “President” with these words:

“We’re gonna stomp Obama now…as soon as their bull comes out, Obama don’t you move.… [Read more]

Race for the Virginia Governor’s Office: Choices

Many of us pay attention to national elections and our local political races. It’s often a challenge to get people to pay attention to elections that don’t have impact them directly. One political race, however, is receiving widespread attention: the Virginia governor’s race.

The recent fundraising e-mail sent by the Democratic Governors Association is a reminder of the stakes :

Friends,BREAKING: A new Roanoke College poll on the Virginia governor’s race shows radical Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli beating our Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, 34-29.[Read more]

So This Is Goodbye

“Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.”

-Patti Smith

Well, the world didn’t end after all. We woke up the morning after the 21st to find that the dust had settled and it was just another day. Life does go on, and aside from the exciting, exasperating highs and lows of political conflicts, social struggles and apocalyptic tall tales, life is mostly pretty boring.… [Read more]

Louie, Louie, oh, no…The Stellar Legislative Career of Louie Gohmert

Just as the 1978 film, National Lampoon’s Animal House had the fun-loving Delta frat give the 1955 Richard Berry hit a new lease on chart life at a Toga party, loony Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) again plays the fool. On the taxpayers’ dime. Despite Election Day losses, old Right-wing fantasies keep popping back up. Modern-day  political fisherman’s tales just involve ever-larger fanciful fish.… [Read more]

Theme of the Week: You Don’t Own Me

Wrapping up this week, we thought we’d post a public service announcement video by singer Lesley Gore, known for several 1960’s classics. This pro-feminist announcement, “You Don’t Own Me,” is more than fitting for today’s social and political climate — especially in light of the GOP’s “crazy uncles” such as Todd Akin and, most recently, Richard ‘Rape babies are “something God intended to happen” Mourdock.… [Read more]