No, You Can't Always Get Birth Control Pills for $9
March 04, 2012
Here’s one thing the controversy over health insurance and contraception has taught us: Conservative men need to learn a thing or two about reproductive health. Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh made this obvious when, echoing other some other conservatives, he suggested women wouldn’t need coverage for birth control if they didn’t insist upon having so much sex. Referring to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who has advocated for such coverage, Limbaugh said, “She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.
Last April, former TNR Senior Editor Jonathan Chait asked a piercing question: “Why Does the Weekly Standard Hate Hippies So Much?” Chait’s pictorial tour of hippies on the cover of the right-wing magazine did little to stop the epidemic. In fact, The Weekly Standard may have taken it as a challenge: In the last six months alone, the magazine has had no less than five covers depicting liberals in long-haired hippie glory. Sandals? Check. Unkempt hair? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Rolling Stones t-shirt? Check. Poor George Harrison.
Romney’s ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ Moment
February 01, 2012
Even Mitt Romney’s defenders admit that he chose his words poorly when, on Wednesday morning, he told CNN that “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” But many of these defenders say the quote is innocuous once you read it in context and realize what Romney was really trying to say. Well, I’ve read the quote in context and have a pretty good idea what Romney was trying to say. I would hardly describe it as innocuous. The full exchange appears below this item. It’s long, so here I’m just going to quote the key passage: I’m not concerned about the very poor; we have a safety net there.
December 16, 2011
I could never bring myself to call him "Hitch." It felt presumptuous, and though I knew him a long time we were never more than friendly acquaintances. He was insanely good company, but you don't have to have met him to know that, and I knew it mainly as a reader.
Frank For Treasury
November 28, 2011
"Will Barney Frank Lobby For a Financial Services Company?" smirked the Weekly Standard. Of course not, said Frank. "I will neither be a lobbyist nor a historian," he declaimed at a press conference announcing that he will not run in 2012. I'm struggling to think of another House member who during his time in Congress has matched Frank's combination of talents: political skill, mastery of policy, personal courage, toughness in the face of opposition, and of course, devastating wit.
An Honest Conservative Take on Income Inequality
November 14, 2011
The most honest conservative commentary I've seen lately on the topic of income inequality was Matthew Continetti's "About Inequality" in the Nov. 14 Weekly Standard. The usual conservative approach to income inequality (besides simply ignoring it) is to try to argue that it doesn't really exist, or to argue that if it does exist, it's mooted by upward mobility, or to argue that it's good for you. The trouble with these responses is that they're in conflict with the facts. Income inequality has been growing for 32 years, upward mobility in the U.S.
The Ultimate In Neoconservative War Reportage
August 26, 2011
Ann Marlowe, reporting from Libya for the Weekly Standard, is apparently calling in airstrikes: I helped call in my first NATO strike yesterday. We were being shelled.
My Evening With a Halfway Presentable Conservative
August 25, 2011
I saw him last night. I saw Senator Marco Rubio in person as he delivered a speech at the Ronald Reagan Library outside of Los Angeles. I saw Marco Rubio catch Nancy Reagan as she stumbled.
The World Hates The Weekly Standard
August 22, 2011
A few months ago, the Weekly Standard devoted a cover to portraying President Obama as a weak-kneed appeasenik. Unfortunately, the cover came out just as Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden. So, a few months later, it seemed like it was safe to go back in the water, with this offering by former Bush administration Minister of Propaganda Pete Wehner: The president’s foreign policy has been characterized by strained relations with our allies and weakness toward our enemies. He’s shown indifference to human rights and an eagerness to cede American sovereignty to international bodies.
A Paul Ryan Campaign? Are Republicans Out of Their Minds?
August 18, 2011
The sub-headline in Stephen Hayes’ latest Weekly Standard post trumpeting the possible emergence of a Paul Ryan presidential campaign lists some big political names who are encouraging the idea: “Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, John Boehner, Jim Jordan, and Bill Bennett encourage Ryan to run for president.” Hayes missed a few more big names who might well be equally excited about a Ryan run: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. Indeed, Democrats (especially those in Congress) have been plotting for months to make Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, and particularly its radical treatment