When Republicans Were Reasonable
July 27, 2010
Imagine a hotel, a bus, or a movie theater that wasn't wheelchair accessible. Or imagine a bank that didn't have provisions for helping customers that were visually impaired. You don't see these things much nowadays, but as recently as twenty years ago, they were common and perfectly legal in many states.
Tactical Radicalism And The End Of The GOP Establishment
July 18, 2010
One interesting sidelight of the current election cycle is that there are several races in which the Republican establishment has either lost control of the race or lost any sense of its own partisan self-interest. The Nevada Senate race is a prime example. Harry Reid, once a dead man walking, is now sitting on a nice lead because Republicans nominated a lunatic to oppose him. "A total f*** up by the state and national Republicans to allow Angle to get nominated," a source notes to Ben Smith. But of course there are numerous such fuckups.
Walking In Mitch McConnell's Shoes
July 09, 2010
To the outside world, Mitch McConnell's admitted strategy of total opposition to President Obama's agenda looks like the most conservative position he could possibly take. But, if you look at it from McConnell's position, his biggest worry is that Kentucky's Republican primary voters will take him for a squish because he didn't want to risk a Senate seat by nominating Rand Paul: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell backed the wrong horse in the Senate primary back home in Kentucky and now he's paying the price with state Republicans.
Dismal Perhaps, But Is It A Science?
June 30, 2010
As if there weren’t enough transatlantic rifts already, from the Middle East to the environment, another has opened over economic policy.
Rand Paul On BP
June 24, 2010
Watch Rand Paul dodge and weave when Dave Weigel asks him if he supports the BP escrow fund: RN: You've started to take heat for your approach to the BP escrow fund. Do you support the fund, the way it's set up? PAUL: Well, I don't think there are many people who don't believe in any regulations, myself included, and even my dad -- I don't think you'll hear him say he doesn't believe in any regulation. But I'm not sure I have the answer to that, sincerely. I think everyone in the country wants BP to pay for the clean-up, myself concluded.
Conservatives And Civil Rights
June 15, 2010
National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru goes after Rand Paul-ism: But Paul’s views on the Civil Rights Act cannot simply be treated as an irrelevancy because it is 2010. He is running largely on the basis of his adherence to a political philosophy. He means to confine the federal government to what he regards as its proper constitutional dimensions. Voters may reasonably conclude that a political philosophy that places such strict limits on government that it cannot ban racial discrimination in circumstances such as those of the South in the mid-1960s is defective. Which it is.
Sharron Angle Interprets The Establishment Clause
June 15, 2010
Maniacal Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, learning from Rand Paul's lesson, is confining interviews to friendly right-wing outlets. Here she is talking to National Review: — On her primary win: “It became focused with the Tea Party Express endorsement,” she says. “The first endorsement that we got that was of great consequence was from Gun Owners of America. We knew that was of great consequence because it reached across party lines in Nevada. We’re pretty much a 90 percent Second Amendment state.
"Never" Works For Rand Paul
June 14, 2010
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Rand Paul, who practices in Bowling Green, says he is certified by the National Board of Ophthalmology, a group that he incorporated in 1999 and that he heads. But that entity is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, which works with the American Medical Association to approve such specialty boards. Substance aside, I kind of liked Paul's answer: "I'm not going to go through all that right now," Paul said while at the Great Eastern National Gun Day Show and JAG Military Show, in Louisville. Asked when he would talk, Paul s
Radicalism Is Not A Gaffe
June 10, 2010
The most important macro-development of the last thirty years of American politics is that organized conservatism, once an opposition movement that existed mostly outside of mainstream politics, captured the Republican Party in toto. The interesting micro development of the last two years is that the party is starting to be infiltrated by figures who come out of smaller and even more ideologically radical subcultures -- candidates like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle.
June 10, 2010
In 1984, Ron Paul ran for the United States Senate. It was an audacious gamble. Paul, who represented Texas’s twenty-second congressional district, had to give up his safe House seat to compete in the state’s Republican Senate primary.