Step 1: Ignore the guy on Fox News.
Conservatives Say Cutting Unemployment Benefits Boosted the Jobs Numbers. This Chart Says Otherwise.
July 07, 2014
The evidence suggests that the end of unemployment benefits had little effect on long-term unemployment.
Why We Should be P.C. After An Attack
April 20, 2013
In the aftermath of an attack, being careful with language isn't just about not offending sensibilities. It's about protecting people.
The GOP Division Over the Fiscal Cliff Is Not Going Away
January 07, 2013
No, there is not a civil war in the GOP—yet.
A New Starting Point for Immigration Reform
November 16, 2012
The surprising strength of the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election has created an incentive for the Republican Party, poor performers with Latinos, to rethink their strategy for 2016. It’s also driving calls for change to the nation’s immigration laws. In the past week, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have spoken publicly about the need for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform. The focus remains on Latinos because they are expected to grow their number of voters by 40 percent, and the Pew Hispanic Center projects the Latino electorate will double in size by 2030. Pr
The White Working Class Isn't Republican
January 06, 2012
David Brooks wrote the other day (as a prelude to one of the Strange New Respect Santorum columns that conservatives have been writing these past few days with what strikes me as a deficit of sincerity; Charles Krauthammer has another) that the Republicans are "the party of the white working class." When I saw that I scratched my head, because I had a dim memory of looking into this once and finding that the political affiliation of the white working class was a question complicated by disagreements as to how you define "white working class" and the fact that it's shrinking.
Why a Gingrich vs. Obama Matchup Would Be Good For the Country
December 07, 2011
I sincerely hope Newt Gingrich wins the Republican nomination for president: It could bring a healthy candor to our politics and end up boosting the fortunes of liberalism as well. Now, I realize the former Speaker may not be able to convert his current polling spurt into triumph over his main rival, that dodgy I’m-all-businessman, whose too-perfect hair and smile remind me of a middle-aged Ken doll.
Leading conservatives seem to adore Martin Luther King. Jr. As president, George W.
September 11 Was a Curse. Nothing More.
August 24, 2011
“I want to see some history!” So went Johnny Rotten’s desperate plea in 1977. But the front man for the Sex Pistols, cursed in so many ways, was not cursed with living in especially interesting times. We are. And, yes, it’s all been very adrenalizing, to the point of downright exhilaration and even mass delirium. But, for all the cheap speechifying about civic vigor and American cohesion, September 11 was a curse. Nothing more. In the direct aftermath of September 11, policy- and opinion-makers acted in ways that responded to multiple needs unrelated to that day.
How the Debt Committee Could Turn Republican Against Republican
August 02, 2011
Grover Norquist is always filled with triumphalist theories, and his book elucidates one favorite Norquist claim, that shrinking revenue will turn the Democratic coalition (the "Takings Coalition") against itself in a cannibalistic orgy: The Takings Coalition can hold together as long as there is more money flowing into the state to finance the demands of each constituent group.