September 13, 2009
On Saturday, September 12, America threw a gigantic temper tantrum in Washington D.C. Organizers called it the “largest gathering of fiscal conservatives in history,” and they’re probably right. But for an angry, anti-government fit, the march was remarkably civil. They had come in large bands--14 buses from Morristown, New Jersey; 12 from Harford County, Maryland--prepared with picnic baskets and lawn chairs. They festooned their hats with teabags and dressed in Revolutionary-era finery.
Lowering Standards, Ctd.
September 09, 2009
How far can the Weekly Standard sink? Time will tell, but the cover of its current issue gives a pretty good sense of its depth at the moment. Accompanied by the cover line "Here the People Rule," the illustration--it's a bit small here, but I'll gladly link to a larger version if I find one--is of, well, an angry white mob.
Demint The Historian
July 09, 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. It’s probably a mistake to devote more thought to analyzing remarks by Jim DeMint than the senator put into uttering them.
Secession, One Gop Voter At A Time
April 29, 2009
Ah, the ever-fascinating Jim DeMint: Appearing on CNN Tuesday, DeMint, a hero of the conservative grassroots, denied that his party has tilted too far to the right.... He denied that the GOP has become a southern party, attributing Republican losses in the northeast to some northern voters who have left the region and moved south hoping to avoid labor unions and "forced unionization." It strikes me that if DeMint's argument about a southward migration of conservative voters were true (it's not), it would be evidence that the GOP is becoming a southern party, not evidence that it isn't.
They Were Against It Before They Were For It
March 18, 2009
This week, Republican leaders have leapt to join the populist outcry against the bonuses that ailing insurance giant AIG has awarded its executives. But such rants against executive earnings mark a remarkable about-face for the right flank of the party, which condemned President Obama's decision to set limits on executive pay just last month. "I really don't want the government to take over these businesses and start telling them everything about what they can do." Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told ABC News in February, when asked about Obama's proposed limits on executive compensation.
Jim Demint's Honkin' Big Book Deal
March 04, 2009
In today's slide show, below, Katie singles out South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint for being one of Congress' most inane twitterers (twits?). Well, Katie, I beg to disagree. If DeMint were so inane, how come he just signed a big ol' book deal? From Publishers' Lunch: U.S.
Taking A Dive
June 10, 2008
From a distance, it might seem that environmentalists should be crestfallen that the 2008 Climate Security Act--shorthanded as Lieberman-Warner after its lead sponsors in the Senate--went down in flames on the Senate floor on Friday. The bill, which would cap fossil fuel emissions in the United States above a certain level and ask industry to pay more for any excesses, was easily the most aggressive and comprehensive environmental reform ever to hit Congress. But the bipartisan plan to cut U.S.