Angry White Men
October 12, 2009

It is a sign of our weird political moment that the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama will probably hurt him among some of his fellow citizens. His opponents are describing the award as premature. The deeper problem is that the Nobel will underscore the extent to which Obama is a cosmopolitan figure, much loved in European capitals because he is the change they have been looking for. Most Americans will probably be happy to have a leader who wins acclaim around the globe.

The Right Reacts To The Prize
October 09, 2009

Taking a quick look around the right-wing fever swamps this morning, it was possible to form the opinion that the Nobel Prize Committee had honored Barack Obama with its peace prize in order to confuse and enrage American conservatives. The Right clearly did not coordinate its talking points.  There was in fact a breakfast buffet of reactions. Dismissal of the prize as "anti-American" was one approach.  At The Corner, Andy McCarthy suggested it be renamed the "Yasir Arafat Peace Prize," and denounced the award as a "symbolic statement of opposition to American exceptionalism, American might, A

Right Beneath the Surface
August 12, 2009

What opponents of gay marriage and health care reform have in common. The conservative attacks on health care reform and Barack Obama's economic plan seem to have reached a fever pitch this week. Their obsession with the topics has been matched only by the inanity of most of their critiques. Why are the conservative talking points on these issues grounded in such weak arguments? Is there something else at play here? This reaction seemed strangely familiar as I read Matthew Yglesias's recent post about the Christian Right's obsession with gay marriage.

A Double-dip Decline... For The Gop?
August 11, 2009

So says Shrum: Ironically, the lies and legions of the right reached fever pitch at the moment the news arrived that, once again, activist government is succeeding in the wake of free market failure on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. Despite predictions that unemployment would soar above ten percent, the rate instead fell for the first time in a year. There is now a near-consensus, except among doctrinaire true believers, that federal decisions from the bank bailouts to the stimulus package not only prevented economic catastrophe, but have begun to spark an economic revival.

Dawn of the Revolt
July 15, 2009

May 23rd: Tehran's Azadi Indoor Stadium, 20 days before the election. The press had difficulty getting in the gates. "All full," the guards kept telling us. And full it was, overflowing in fact, for a Mir Hossein Mousavi campaign rally. Mousavi wasn't even there. Instead, the rally featured former President Mohammad Khatami and Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, and the eager crowd numbered more than 20,000. I couldn't make my way to the VIP section, and I didn't want to.

I've Got A Fever, And The Only Prescription Is More Plato
February 20, 2009

We've been fretting a lot this week about the tenuous future of the media, and, lo, an idea comes from across the Atlantic: more guest op-ed columns from "top philosophers." (Also: more gratuitous beefcake shots of Patrick Duffy.)

The Micro-review: 'righteous Kill'
September 12, 2008

Here's what I took away from Righteous Kill, the grade Z cop thriller opening today: If you can come up with the scratch, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino will do anything: kid's parties, bar mitzvahs, retirement luncheons, you name it. The two of them could dress up as clowns and sing a duet of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" while tying balloon animals for a passel of second graders and it would be a less embarrassing career step than this movie.   Typically, a film this awful is at least awful in an interesting way. There's something about it that gets under the skin and infuriates.

Tnr.com's Week In Review (5.30.08)
May 30, 2008

Even TNR's offices are not immune to veepstakes fever. It all started when John Judis put the "unity ticket" idea out to pasture. Soon, Jason Zengerle and Josh Patashnik were dishing on how the veep debate misses the mark, and frequent contributor Tucker Carlson was comparing the veepstakes to sex. Michael Crowley quickly dispensed with Nunn and Daschle, plonking himself down on permanent "Webb Watch"--where he noted Webb's conspicuous opposition to the death penalty and his G.I.

Weather ... Or Not
October 12, 2004

In the 1994 movie Stargate, director Roland Emmerich presented us with an interstellar portal leading to a planet populated by ancient Egyptian look-alikes. Two years later, with Independence Day, he offered a genocidal alien invasion that was overcome by two guys spreading a computer virus. And two years after that, his Godzilla featured a 200-foot-tall radioactive iguana running amuck in Manhattan.

Vanity Fair
March 29, 1999

Just how destructive is conspicuous consumption?