Chuck Norris

The ‘Heroic’ Mayor and His Local Haters
December 14, 2012

And that food-stamps challenge? Yeah, not helping.

Mellow Beck? I Don't Think So.
September 02, 2010

The returns are pretty much in from the mainstream media: Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally this past weekend on the National Mall was a largely a noncontroversial event focused on religion, not politics, and it may have augured a kinder, gentler Beck whose egomania is now devoted to less fractious causes than overthrowing the “liberal” establishment. That’s pretty much the conclusion reached by Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz, whose review of MSM coverage of the rally emphasized the outrages Beck did not commit.

Mr. Tea
September 24, 2009

An ancillary irony of Chuck Norris's newfound enthusiasm for flag desecration is the way that tea--until now, widely associated with snobby Anglophiles and yoga-happy lefties--has abruptly become symbolic of a particular strain of conservative machismo. Just wait: By spring, Norris will be staining his flags with grande non-fat lattes. Photo: flickr

My Country, Right or Screw It
September 24, 2009

It is always striking the way both parties' ideological priorities shift depending on whether they are in or out of power, but rarely more so than in the right's abrupt embrace of dissent--until recently widely considered a misdemeanor form of treason--as the highest of civic virtues. Still, I was rather stunned to see conservative celeb Chuck Norris openly advocating flag desecration in print: I suggest you fly some revolutionary flag in lieu of your 50-star flag over the next year.

What’s The Bigger Insult?
August 13, 2009

Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals. TNR published my article yesterday suggesting parallels between the absurd public rationales typically offered by opponents of gay marriage, and the absurd public rationales offered by some opponents of President Obama’s agenda, most recently on health care reform.

An Idea For Chuck Norris And Company
August 12, 2009

Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals. A big part of the fight against health reform right now involves the identification of specific provisions in the House bill that are then distorted, taken out of context, or otherwise twisted to create the impression of some scary or monstrous outrage.

An Idea For Chuck Norris And Company
August 12, 2009

Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals. A big part of the fight against health reform right now involves the identification of specific provisions in the House bill that are then distorted, taken out of context, or otherwise twisted to create the impression of some scary or monstrous outrage.

Boycott Chuck Norris!
January 25, 2008

This is too funny--all the more so because it seems quite serious. Man I dunno, I wouldn't wanna mess with Norris....  Update: Comment of the week, from adaglas: The last guy who boycotted Chuck Norris is currently boycotting oxygen, sunshine, and his internal organs.  Just sayin'. --Michael Crowley 

Norris Mania
December 16, 2007

Twice now since I arrived in Des Moines I've heard the words "Hi, I'm Chuck Norris" from my TV and excitedly turned up the volume hoping to catch some goofy new Mike Huckabee ad. Both times it turned out Norris was peddling home exercise equipment. Is there some kind of strange politics/marketing synergy going on here? I guess we'll know for sure if Huck starts hawking the Bowflex. (In case you missed it, Chuck and Huck were in New Hampshire this weekend.) P.S. Googling for Chuck Norris is a fast lane to comedy--don't miss Chuck Norris Facts. (Fact: "Guns don't kill people.

Stanley Kauffman on Films: Now, About Rambo....
July 01, 1985

“Symbol of the American Spirit." That's the headline in the ads for Rambo, which is about its hero's foray into Vietnam today to rescue American POWs. The subject has been used before, in Uncommon Valor with Gene Hackman, in Missing in Action and Missing in Action II, with Chuck Norris: but Rambo outdistances them. Three facts: Rambo is the current box-office champion in the country. ("Rambo Ahead by a Mile," Variety, June 5.) Like the second Norris film, Rambo is a sequel.