February 21, 2010
On night one of the Conservative Political Action Conference, as George Will entertained GOP mucketymucks in the Marriott Wardman’s cavernous banquet hall, the next generation of Republicans was downstairs, in the basement, enjoying something more hip. Or, at least, Stephen Baldwin’s idea of hip. “I know you don’t hear the word gnarly too much in conservative circles, but you’re gonna start hearing it in the future!” the 44-year-old ex-actor told a crowd of about 200 assembled youths.
Paul Ryan's Ideology
February 11, 2010
Last week, I called Republican budget sorta-kinda point man Paul Ryan "crazy but honest." Today, some of the intellectual influences behind the first half of that description are coming out. TPM reports that Ryan is a big fan of Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged." The Daily Beast, interviewing Ryan, reports that he was influenced by Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism." What do those works have in common? They're written by people who don't understand liberalism and the left at all, and are thus unable to present liberal ideas in terms remotely recognizable to liberals themselves.
February 01, 2010
The movement has begun. Floyd Brown, naturally, is the ringleader. Right now they're a little light on rationale: Why are we calling for the Impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama? Radio-personality Tammy Bruce may have said it best: "... ultimately, it comes down to... the fact that he seems to have, it seems to me, some malevolence toward this country, which is unabated." Oh... there are many reasons to call for the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama and there is more than just cause to call for his impeachment. The site mainly continues in this vein. Reasons to impeach Obama?
The Rise of Republican Nihilism
December 21, 2009
Does the Republican Party have any ideas? The query may have a familiar ring. Five years ago, the question of substance was demanded incessantly of the Democrats. Indeed, in one of those intellectual fads that periodically sweep through Washington, the political class became obsessed with the notion that conservatives had unambiguously won what everybody was calling “the war of ideas.” The notion was everywhere. The right gloated.
Oh, Conservative Humor, How I Love You So
October 30, 2009
Someone, somewhere, has surely commented that you can tell a lot about a person from what he or she happens to find funny. For this reason, I have always thought that the roars of approval which greeted P.J. O'Rourke's jokes about homeless people said it all about the 80s.
Is Jon Stewart As Crazy As Glenn Beck?
October 07, 2009
Jonah Goldberg, writing in USA Today, defends Glenn Beck: Still, much of the anti-Beck backlash (He's an extremist! He's paranoid! He's hate-filled!) from the left is hard to take seriously. First, this is a crowd that lets Michael Moore and Janeane Garofalo speak for them, and that celebrated the election of unfunny man Al Franken to the Senate. If you think it's racist to oppose Obama's health care reform efforts, it goes without saying that you'll think Beck is an extremist.
Jonah Goldberg vs. Tom Friedman
September 21, 2009
Jonah Goldberg, today: By the way, [Tom] Friedman's actual column is more of the typical fare, admiring foreign countries (this time the French) for their willingness to deploy "power" on policies he prefers. So nefarious! Perhaps Goldberg admires foreign countries for their willingness to "deploy power" on "policies" he (Goldberg) does not prefer (the cheap use of scare quotes is infectious).
The Banality of Goldberg
September 14, 2009
Lest you think the 9/12 marchers were a bunch of crazies (as the photographic evidence certainly seems to suggest), Jonah Goldberg has this rebuttal: I've spent a chunk of time on planes over the last day and a half. I flew up to New York and back yesterday. I just got off a plane from DC to Seattle (I get on the Anchorage-bound flight in about an hour). Anyway, not surprisingly, I've been surrounded by folks who attended the rally on Saturday. (I was there, on the edge of it on Saturday as well). It's interesting to listen in on the conversations (I know, shame on me).
Truthers and Birthers
September 11, 2009
Jonah Goldberg writes: It is simply an objective fact, not denied by [one of his readers] (nor, I think, by any reasonable person) that the birther theory is a vastly more plausible theory than the truther narrative. [Italics His] Really? Let's be kind and say that the birther theory has a 1% chance of being correct. And then let's also say that the truther theory has a less than 1% chance of being correct. Unfortunately it cannot be less than 0%. So we are talking about two very implausible theories, neither of which deserve any respect.
Should Obama Have Weakened The Stimulus Even More?
July 27, 2009
Jonah Goldberg says that President Obama would have been in better political shape if only he had agreed to cut some taxes as part of his economic stimulus measure: Just go back to the stimulus bill.