Are Republicans Afraid to Talk About Michael Sam?
February 11, 2014
It's been mostly cheers for Michael Sam, except on the right—where it's been mostly silence. Can that change?
While No One Was Watching, Social Conservatives Just Lost Their Stranglehold on the GOP
November 18, 2013
A recent Senate vote is good news for those who care about tolerance
Bipartisan Online Dating? No Thanks.
September 03, 2013
Last week, the Pacific Standard made the intriguing claim that online dating is worsening America's political polarization. Scanning the headline, it seemed possible.
Immigration reform isn’t quite dead yet, but the political fall-out of immigration reform’s demise is pretty clear: the GOP rebrand is going to be pretty tough.
Jay Rockefeller's Retirement Isn't As Bad For Democrats As You Think
January 12, 2013
When West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller announced this morning that he won't seek reelection to the Senate in 2014, political commentators immediately downgraded Democrats' chances of holding his Senate seat. Politico wrote that Rockefeller’s retirement put the seat in deeply conservative “in play,” while The Fix’s Sean Sullivan said that Rockefeller’s retirement "boosted" Republican hopes.
A Guide to the NRA's Crazy Press Conference on School Violence
December 21, 2012
A look at NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre's speech today reveals it to be completely out of touch with reality.
Welcome to America’s Most Gerrymandered District
November 08, 2012
Maryland’s 3rd congressional district, the most gerrymandered in the nation, is a Rorschach test in the most literal sense. The Washington Post called it a “crazy quilt.” A local politician compared it to “blood spatter from a crime scene.” A federal judge said it reminded him of a “broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.” DCist suggested we ditch metaphor altogether and change the word “gerrymander” to “Marymander.” It would be an apt name.
When the Spanish-American War of 1898 ended with a victory for the United States, John Hay, U.S. ambassador in London, felt moved to celebrate. In a letter to Teddy Roosevelt, he described it as a war “begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by the fortune which loves the brave.” It was, in short, “a splendid little war.” The fall of the Qaddafi regime in Libya has inclined many contemporary commentators to similarly effusive bursts of cheer. But does the war in Libya deserve all the praise being bestowed upon it?
Good Political News for President Obama on Job Numbers?
June 21, 2011
Is there good political news for President Obama in the unemployment numbers? The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza thinks so. Citing an analysis from Republican strategist Matt McDonald, he notes that the unemployment rate in only four swing states was higher than the national average. The four states are hardly inconsequential: They are Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, and Nevada. And they account for 66 electoral votes.