Thomas Frank

The Tom Frank Candidate
July 07, 2010

Jonathan Martin finds a political ad that he deems the basic playbook for Democratic challengers running this year: Here's the interesting thing about this ad. The usual red state Democratic playbook is to run to the right more or less across the board -- not as far right as the GOP, but center-to-right on social issues, foreign policy and economics. The candidate here, Tommy Sowers, first establishes his cultural bona fides (he's an Iraq vet and a Bible-touting Christian) but then attacks his Republican opponent for supporting trade deals and the financial bailout.

Don’t Split The Agency; Change The Personnel … And The Kind of Personnel Who Can Serve
May 12, 2010

We all know about the revolving door. And we know how comfy relations can become between brothers under the skin. It has been going on for decades. It’s one of the reasons for the BP catastrophe, perhaps the main reason. You may be surprised at how savagely a column in the Wall Street Journal makes this point. It’s an article on today’s “Opinion” page by Thomas Frank.

Conservative Victimization
March 31, 2010

Thomas Frank is in top form today: In 1876, for example, Colonel Robert Ingersoll urged the Republican convention to choose James G. Blaine as its presidential candidate because, in the course of his many skirmishes with the Democrats, Mr. Blaine had "torn from the throat of treason the tongue of slander" and had flung "his shining lance full and fair against the brazen forehead of the defamers of his country." Contrast that with the cravenness of so many of today's conservatives, whose first rhetorical instinct is to seize the mantle of victimhood.

'Going Rogue,' in 70 Words or Less
November 18, 2009

Thomas Frank nails it in the WSJ: The opinion-page equivalent of the Palinesque style is easy enough to imagine: I would use this space to recite the indignities the world forced on me over the course of the week—an effete-looking young person ignored me the other day—plus glimpses of heartland authenticity—I sure do like pot roast—before concluding, darkly, that the reason I suffer is because I am such a sterling American.

Change of Heartland
September 10, 2007

What's not the matter with Kansas.

October 16, 2006

Preaching to the choir Edward O. Wilson devotes much of his open letter to repeated assertions of scientific fact trumping religious belief ("Apocalypse Now," September 4). A religious man of science will already be aware of these conflicts; a religious fundamentalist will not admit them. So I cannot fathom to what end Wilson lists them, other than to take an opportunity to make digs at poor fools still clinging to the outdated beliefs he has foresworn.