Sarah Palin, Fauxpulism, and Right-Wing Identity Politics

(Image: Tacoma Urbanist, Flickr) Sarah Palin is back — and, seemingly, everywhere, as she launches a book tour (and, perhaps, a run at the White House in 2012). Max Blumenthal: In a Republican Party hoping to rebound in 2010 on the strength of a newly energized and ideologically aroused conservative...

F*ck Me with a Freshly Sharpened Pitchfork.

On today’s episode of Fareed Zakaria GPS, an ‘expert panel’ was convened to discuss ‘populist’ outrage in the wake of AIG and other recent scandals related to the global economic crisis. Via email, I bet Sarah a dinner at IHOP (because we be keepin’ it real like that in this economy) that the ‘expert panel’...

The Republican Red Carpet

At least they are no longer trying to hide their elitism. Laura Bush Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500 Stuart Weitzman heels: $325 Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500 Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325 Cindy McCain Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000 Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500 Three-carat diamond earrings:...

Elitism, Really John?

Okay, everyone everywhere, it is time to take a breath and come to grips with a single fact; there are some subjects in which some people know more than you do. There are some things that other people can do better than you. A lot of the time, it’s because they study and practice it more than you do....

What’s the Matter With America’s Progressive Intellectual Backbone?

Joining in on the dead horse flogging previously initiated by my esteemed co-bloggers Kyle, tas and Dustin, Chet Scoville examines how the reaction in some quarters to, in the words of Joe Gandelman, Senator Obama’s “politically flat-footed” comments re: small town voters exposes the...