Reality Check

Despite the empty promise of a magical unity pony being giddily floated by the Very Serious Set (sample conventional wisdom: “[t]he big argument for centrist governance is that nothing significant can be achieved in Washington without bipartisan support, without members in both parties owning a stake”)...

When Ideology Fails, Try More Ideology

If anything this seems to be one of the leading arguments here in the early stages of the Republican party’s “time in the wilderness.”  When government by ideology fails, the reason it fails must have been a result of not enough ideology. It’s almost as though we were looking at two...

PANIC!

In the wake of a debate, one expects to see both sides of the blogosphere clawing and scraping to convince the world that their side won.  Not this morning.  Instead, what we’re seeing from the right is looking a lot more like abject panic. Andy McCarthy is the prime example: We have a disaster here —...

Wherein the Legs of the Stool Start Beating Each Other

All this talk about race and gender as it pertains to the Democratic primaries has started me thinking about the Republicans in particular, and makes clear why their fabled three-legged stool — their coalition of neocons, theocons, and dollarcons — was destined to fail. And why it will be a long...

The Posterity of the Religious Right

Modern movement conservatism is, as most should know, buoyed by an alliance of three core constituencies; religiously motivated social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, and the neoconservative war hawk. It’s an alliance that has been so strong and has played such a powerful role in contemporary...

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