Another Stop Along the Road to Damascus

The pullquote from one of David Frum’s latest eviscerations of contemporary USian conservative folly, a meditative riff on Susan Sontag’s infamous “Were our enemies right?” speech, was making the rounds yesterday (eventually getting linked by the subject of Frum’s...

On Republican Folly, Baseball Analogies and the Twins

Allow me to use a baseball analogy for a moment. Say you are an aspiring Major League manager. Your best bet to get a job is with the beleaguered Minnesota Twins, a team that is currently 14.5 games out of first, has won only 16 out of 48 games and is in last place overall in the league. At this point in...

Sickening

I am pleased to see that the true compassion of the Republican party is coming out at these times of national disaster. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday that if Congress passes an emergency spending bill to help Missouri’s tornado victims, the extra money will have to be cut from somewhere...

Birther Blowback

One of the most frustrating aspects of paying attention to our political process is that it seems politicians and pundits can say anything they want, regardless of how toxic, and rarely if ever fear for the consequences. It is as if words have no meaning other than the momentary political capital the carry...

Getting it Right

One of the first blogs I started reading with any regularity was The Daily Howler by Bob Somerby. It was the first blog to be added to the blog roll of CFLF in 2003 and it remains to this day a near flawlessly executed example of how to exercise one’s voice in the political process. At the time I...

Quote of the Day – Possibly the Election Cycle – from Mike Barnicle

I awoke this morning to Nora O’Donnell on Morning Joe repeating the apparently unchallengeable beltway media meme that New Gingrich is a man of ideas who will contribute much to the debate, blah, blah, blah, I swear, it was printed on a press release so it must be true, yadda, yadda. But as the panel...

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