Kathryn Jean Lopez

Right Invents "War On Men"
March 19, 2012

It had to happen. With liberals denouncing a Republican "war on women," the right has now answered in kind.

Rick Perry Takes Foreign Policy Advice From Crazy Man
July 21, 2011

Rick Perry is obviously very conservative, but I didn't realize that he'd be soliciting policy advice from a certifiable lunatic like Andrew McCarthy. I want to be clear about this. I use synonyms for "crazy" pretty often, which I find to be necessary in a world in which one of the two major parties holds to such beliefs as global warming is a hoax and tax cuts increase revenue.

The Difference Between Critics Of Illegal Immigration and Mexican-Haters
May 14, 2010

Mexicans along the U.S. border are calling a one-day economic boycott in protest of Arizona's immigration law: Business leaders are calling on all Mexican nationals to avoid crossing the international bridges into the United States for any reason, but particularly for shopping, on that day. “Our action will be united and preventive,” said Emilio Girón Fernández de Jáuregui, president of the Nuevo Laredo Chamber of Commerce. Mark Krikorian at National Review smirks: Let's Make It a Week and See How It Goes More good news along the border. Let's be clear about the facts here.

The Manzi Soap Bar Beating
April 26, 2010

There are a few writers who contribute to National Review's blog who understand that many other writers for National Review are poorly-informed propagandists. Generally, this minority of intelligent conservatives have tended to avoid criticizing their more rabid colleagues, or have couched their criticisms in the most gentle terms.

The Ever-Changing Massa Conspiracy
March 11, 2010

On Monday, Eric Massa had transformed himself into a Republican hero by railing against the Democratic leadership and hinting that he was being set up in order to facilitate the passage of health care reform. Conservative outlets swarmed with conspiratorial thinking.

The Making Of A Conservative Heretic
May 14, 2009

A few days ago, Jon tweaked Jerry Taylor, a poster at the Corner, for refering to Rush Limbaugh and his conservative TV and radio brethren as figures who are "thought to be relatively unpopular with non-movement Americans." Jon imagined that this was a characteristic example of low-grade conservative disingenuousness, a unwillingness to acknowlege that Limbaugh is, in fact, demonstrably unpopular. Taylor replied, essentially saying that he wasn't being disingenuous; he simply hadn't seen the polls in question.

Meet The Newest Left-wing Conspiracy
May 13, 2009

It's polling. From Kathryn Jean Lopez: The concept that there is even polling — he has a national approval rating — on Rush Limbaugh seems worth reflecting upon. He’s an unrivaled success in broadcasting and, thus, culture. That’s why they poll on him — wanting a low number (which media coverage of him over the years all but guarantees) to cite to scare people on the Right away from him. She's on to them. --Jason Zengerle

The Most (unintenionally) Hilarious Story Of The Year
May 11, 2009

In an online article written with (let's say) healthy amounts of seriousness and gravity, Kathryn Jean Lopez blasts the president for his performance at the White House Correspondent's Association dinner Saturday night. I urge everyone to go and read her piece because it is admittedly much funnier than the comedy routines at the dinner itself. Here is just a taste: But even the children were not left out of the jokes. President Obama used his daughters to make light of Air Force One’s Lower Manhattan flyover.

Mad Men
March 18, 2009

Before last week, few of us had ever heard of Rick Santelli--despite Santelli's best efforts--and fewer still had any particular affection for him. Santelli is a CNBC TV personality whose most distinctive assets are a near- continuous state of agitation and a Billy Mays-like ability to project his voice, drowning out other shouting heads with ease. His persona is meant to make you pay attention to him, not to love him.

TRB: Mad Men
February 27, 2009

Before last week, few of us had ever heard of Rick Santelli--despite Santelli’s best efforts--and fewer still had any particular affection for him. Santelli is a CNBC TV personality whose most distinctive assets are a near-continuous state of agitation and a Billy Mays-like ability to project his voice, drowning out other shouting heads with ease. His persona is meant to make you pay attention to him, not to love him.