Obama: He’s Just Like Hoover (But in a Good Way)
November 02, 2012
The unlikely president who set the precedent of treating natural disasters as a proving ground.
In Arkansas, Dixie’s Last Democratic Legislature Faces a Red Tide
October 29, 2012
Only one Southern state has maintained a legislature fully controlled by the once-dominant Democrats. That may change in November.
National Review, Race, And Me
August 29, 2012
I answer National Review's absurd claim that it's Democrats (including me!), not Republicans, who have introduced race into the 2012 campaign.
State of the Race: Obama Has a Narrow But Clear Lead
August 29, 2012
The race remains close, but Obama's advantage is quite clear.
God Asks Akin To Quit Race
August 22, 2012
God, making a rare appearance during the 2012 election cycle, urges Todd Akin to quit the Missouri Senate race.
The Square and the Flair
August 02, 2012
BEFORE HE EARNED his reputation as one of the best ad men in politics, before he wrote for several major television shows, and long before he became Mitt Romney’s top campaign strategist, Stuart Stevens found himself in Cameroon, face to face with a machine-gun-wielding soldier looking to shake him down. It was 1988, and a few weeks earlier, Stevens had deposited himself in the nearby Central African Republic to pick up a friend’s Land Rover and drive it back to France. But the trip was a disaster from the get-go. Local officials confiscated the car and refused to release it.
Members of Congress: Call Your Pastors and Rabbis
July 11, 2012
The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up a farm bill today that includes substantial proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program).
Fifty years ago today, William Faulkner died in Byhalia, Mississippi. Before he became the writer of such acclaimed works as The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August, Faulkner was a student at the University of Mississippi, where he studied for three semesters before dropping out.
The latest assault on abortion rights is taking place in Tennessee, where a new law that goes into effect on July 1 will require abortion providers to register at local hospitals. Though it seems mundane and bureaucratic, the law is actually part of an increasingly successful strategy for quietly destroying access to abortion. The Tennessee bill, called the Life Defense Act of 2012, would require every Tennessee practitioner who performs abortions to be a member of a local hospital.
Romney, MS, and the Stakes of the Campaign
May 31, 2012
A new internet video from the Romney campaign focuses on Ann Romney’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis and how it affected the rest of the family. The ad’s apparent purpose is to humanize Romney—to portray him as a sympathetic, loving husband. That's just fine. MS is a serious, life-altering diagnosis and Romney is, by all accounts, a devoted family man. If telling people about this part of Romney's life makes him seem less aloof or more sensitive, I have no problem with that.