Did Hawkish Mitt Flap Too Far On Taliban?
January 17, 2012
It's easy to imagine the anxiety of Mitt Romney's advisers when debate crowds get as rowdy and bloodthirsty as the one attending last night's Republican affair in Myrtle Beach. Romney has shown that, even more than most politicians, he is unable to resist the gravitational pull of what he imagines his audience's id to be, which has led to some of his more unfortunate pronouncements.
The $10,000 Question
December 11, 2011
Why in the world would the unflappable Mitt Romney allow himself to be provoked by a has-been rival into making a remark that only serves to remind voters that, at a time of mounting concern about gaping income inequality, he is a member of the one-hundredth of one percent? Well, maybe because...he's not so unflappable. I realize some readers are having a hard time accepting the fact that Mitt Romney is not the robot that conventional wisdom has decided he is. But in the span of 10 days, we've had him acting exceedingly thin-skinned in an interview with Bret Baier, and now this.
'So Mad His Hair Was Shaking'
December 09, 2011
I wasn't planning on getting back into this subject today, but I'm unable to resist.
The Decline of Glenn Beck
March 03, 2011
Six months ago, Glenn Beck held his “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall, drawing a crowd of about 100,000. Newspapers and magazines featured the rally on front pages around the country. The next month, The New York Times Magazine devoted a cover story to him. “In record time,” the piece observed, “Beck has traveled the loop of curiosity to ratings bonanza to self-parody to sage.” Just six months later, however, Beck seems to have traveled somewhere else entirely.
Fox’s Egypt Problem
February 04, 2011
When the protests in Egypt began last week, it did not take long for conservative pundits to sound the alarmist warning bell. Fox digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt cautioned on Special Report with Bret Baier, “If this is directed toward retrenchment of the Islamic forces, it could be difficult period for [the] Middle East.” Glenn Beck declared himself “no fan of Mubarak,” but warned, “God help [the police] if Egypt falls. God help them.” This reaction wasn’t completely predictable.
Stay Classy, Fox News
October 14, 2010
[Guest post by Isaac Chotiner] Fox News just started a segment by referencing increasing chatter among government officials about a possible terrorist attack. Anchor Bret Baier, using the weasely formulation of "some people will say," went on to speculate that either the government's concern, or the threat itself, arose from a desire to keep people away from the polls on election day. This would hurt Republicans, he noted, because they are especially excited about the election. Perhaps Baier is being too naive.