So What If Park51 WERE a Mosque?

Over at the indispensable Religion Dispatches, Aisha Ghani critiques what she contends is a disturbing tactic of  certain liberals/progressives defending the so-called ‘Ground Zero Mosque’: In the past weeks, we have seen how liberal defenders have responded to the ‘fear and trembling’ that the...

Romancing the Phone: Stimulus Package

The Nation is reporting that despite the urgent need for an economic stimulus package and its passage in the House, the Right is leading a massive Senate calling initiative to kill the bill in the Senate:  Nonetheless, as Horn reports, “Here in Washington, DC, the word on the street is that the Right...

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...