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...

The Stench of Desperation (I am [not] Joe).

Right wing identity politics and carefully-manufactured pseudo-populist rage against ‘vote fraud’; Race/red/God-baiting Obama to ridiculous extremes; the hyperbolic overreaction to McCain’s latest campaign stunt FAIL. Oh, and my personal favourite (pace the good Doctor), McCarthyism redux...

Lazy Saturday Thought of the Day

A few years back, a book called “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” by Thomas Frank was published, to much critical acclaim on the left. In it, Frank walks his readers through the nuances of rural life and identity politics that cause non-metropolitan, working class voters in red states to...