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”)...

The Real Reason Wright Won’t Go Away

Over the weekend, Rev. Jeremiah Wright engaged in two very high profile events, one being a Bill Moyers interview that received little more than a whisper in the political press and blogs, and a more mercurial speech delivered to the NAACP. It is interesting to note that there seems to be the slightest...

John Edwards, Populism, and the Record

(originally uploaded by John Edwards 2008) Update: After Edwards’ ugly third place performance at the Nevada Caucuses today, this issue is largely academic.  The only question is whether he should drop out now, or wait till February 5th. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...

More On The Unabomber Effect

Publius Endures has posted a lengthy rebuttal to a recent post of mine that glibly mocked a fund raising letter sent out by Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign team. My (far less glib) response is below the fold. PE: Your criticisms are fair, although I’d argue that if other candidates’...

Quote of the Day: More On Progressive Pragmatism (UPDATED; UPDATED 09.25)

Realism in the sense of pragmatism is obviously desirable. Any public philosophy or strategy can be implemented in a pragmatic rather than reckless and utopian way. There can be, and have been, pragmatic liberal internationalists, pragmatic Marxist-Leninists and even pragmatic jihadists. Their pragmatism...