Insights: The Political Compass Challenge Redux

On May 19, 2004 I published a post touting a site I had recently come across called The Political Compass. The site is pretty straight forward, it provides you with a questionnaire that measures your political leanings across two axis. On the X axis you have a left to right economic scale and on the Y axis...

Trickle Down Politics

For years the Republicans have been preaching small governmnet.  They try to paint the contrast that you are either a small government republican, or a tax and spend democrat, however this is and always will be a straw man argument.  But there is a deeper problem with the small government philosphy.  The...

Feigned Disbelief and Political Theatre

Steve Hildebrand responds to critics in an interview with Greg Sargent: “I don’t regret any of it,” Hildebrand told me when I asked him a few minutes ago by phone whether he regretted the tone of his piece, which many found condescending and finger-wagging. “My intent was exactly...

The New Silent Majority

In 1969, Richard Nixon invoked the “silent majority,” a socio-political concept that helped him in his 1972 landslide reelection against Democrat George McGovern.  It was a well timed observation, one that would prove politically powerful and assist Republicans time and again during election...

It Really Is The Economy Stupid (Or Is It?)

Steve Benen produces the kinds of polling numbers that Obama supporters have been eagerly awaiting ever since the combination of Sarah Palin’s selection and the Republican convention shook up the state of the race.  Of chief significance in my mind is the breaking of historical precedent; whoever is...

Greenwald: Right-Wing Hypocrisy is “healthy”

After surveying some of the right–wing opposition to the $700 billion Paulson bail-out (and acidly noting that such sentiments from these quarters are unfortunately “vital for having any meaningful chance to stop [the Paulson plan]” thanks to the sorry record during the Bush years of craven Democrats...