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...

How Not to Stem Criticism From Obama’s Left Flank

Memo to Deputy Transition Director Steve Hildebrand: poking a beehive with a sharp STFU stick isn’t gonna stop the buzzing. It’s just gonna get your dumb ass stung. David Sirota patiently explains why muzzling progressives isn’t the answer: The reason the Republican Party and conservative...

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”)...

I Really Don’t Think Obama Has a White People Problem

Deception is always the key to winning. It’s only a matter of hours before Armando yet again addresses the working class white vote problem that Obama has. Indeed, one may imagine that this was the key to Edwards’ endorsement prior to the Kentucky primary, let some of that whiteness rub off on...

McCain’s 45% Ceiling

Despite all things, I still feel pretty confident about who will win in the fall.  Yes, the Democrats may be locked in mortal combat, and yes, McCain does seem to have consolidated his base and gotten his party to rally aroundhim.  And yet, he’s still not polling where he ought to be. Ross Douthat...

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