Tag Archives: conservative

Bonobo Liberals? Chimp Conservatives?

Concerning a study of bonobo altruism, this was in The New York Times recently: The subjects were all orphaned bonobos at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In one phase of the study, bonobos were given a pile … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Thinking About Conformity and Nonconformity

In the realm of politics and religion, I see six different kinds of people: the right-wing conformist the left-wing conformist the centrist conformist the right-wing nonconformist the left-wing nonconformist the centrist nonconformist Which one would you say represents you? And … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Three Agency Debate Flub: Watch Rick Perry’s Poll Numbers Rise in Response

You can’t change your mind in a liberal direction if you can’t keep a line of argumentation straight in your head. Thus is Rick Perry’s conservative purity guaranteed. His rational faculties impaired, he’ll always “think” with his gut. Therefore, score a big … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The One Party State vs. The Emerging Democratic Majority, Ctd

I agree that both the left and right threaten to take freedom hostage—but in different ways—and that’s why America works: the left generally holds the right in check and the right generally holds the left in check. To my mind, this is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Glenn Beck Provides the Gasoline, then Waits for the Match?

John Santore of Media Matters calls out Glenn Beck for helping to spawn a right wing cultural climate of hysteria and paranoia that is now poised to spill over into very real and serious violence: How many times can Beck portray Obama as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Red State Update on the Birther Movement and the Republican Party’s Drift to the Far Right

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On Sarah Palin, Liz Trotta Speaks the Truth Directly and Beautifully

God, this was so refreshing. So non-Orwellian. And on Fox News!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

American Shout Radio and the Soul of Conservatism: Tory David Cameron v. Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh?

Jacob Weisberg suggests British Tory politician David Cameron as a model for how the Republicans can claw their way back into the national electoral game: [An] encouraging model for the right is the British Conservative Party, poised to return to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Supreme Court Justice Nominee Sonia Sotomayor: Win-Win for President Obama, Lose-Lose for Sotomayor’s Opponents?

National Journal’s Stuart Taylor deconstructs the politics of President Barack Obama’s Sonia Sotomayor nomination here. Money quote: The choice of Sotomayor also puts Republicans and moderate Democrats who may be deeply unhappy with her jurisprudence in a lose-lose position, and Obama … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conservatives Aroused and Outraged Over Wanda Sykes’s Rush Limbaugh Joke (But Bush Era Torture Yields a Yawn)

The teasing of Rush Limbaugh’s oxycontin saturated kidneys has to stop! In the name of basic decency, how could anyone joke about such a thing—or laugh at it? Organ failure is never funny, mkay? But torture just short of the limits of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s the Percentage of Republican Senators and Congress Persons Who Are Women? Just 10%

So says Politico today: Women make up almost 51 percent of the U.S. population but less than 10 percent of the House and Senate GOP — a gender disconnect that could make the Republicans’ climb back to power even steeper … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Arlen Specter: Yellow Canary in the Republican Coal Mine?

If Republicans can’t hold their moderates, how will they win elections? Today, in the New York Times, is an article on Republicans’ larger problem: not just losing a moderate like Arlen Specter, but the party’s increased ideological marginalization (such as on issues like gay equality). … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Republicans: 21% of the United States Population

So according to a new Washington Post poll. That’s the lowest Republican self-identification in over 25 years. Just one in five Americans is now openly Republican. Imagine. And what’s left of the Republican Party seems to be veering towards the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 22 Comments

On the Far Right, Ann Coulter and Mitt Romney Are Not Conservative Enough!

And you thought Rush Limbaugh was KRayZeee. Here are some second tier far-right radio and internet media broadcasters laying in on Ann Coulter and Mitt Romney. This is what the Republican Party has become, and has to contend with, to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Brief Film Review: “Indoctrinate U: Our Education, Their Politics”

The film, Indoctrinate U: Our Education, Their Politics, has low production values, and appears to have been created entirely by two conservative university students visiting numerous college and university campuses around the United States (one holding a boom mike and speaking, the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Sean Quinn at FiveThirtyEight.com: [T]he Obama brand and Limbaugh brand are in direct opposition. Obama’s brand is about intellectual curiosity, empathy, personal respect for his ideological counterparts, and problem-solving. Limbaugh plays “Barack the Magic Negro” on his show and makes … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tanned, Rested, and READY?: In a New Poll, a Majority of Self-Identified Republican Voters Want Their Party to Be MORE In Line with the Views and Ethos of SARAH PALIN!

Contra Steele, more evidence that the Republican Party is being, as it were, gravitationally pulled in the direction of its most ignorant and authoritarian RIGHT-wing constituencies here. Money quote from TPM Online: A new Rasmussen poll further demonstrates that the GOP could be … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This is What a Landslide Looks Like

The Republican party on Tuesday?:

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conservative Peggy Noonan Uses Her Considerable Skills as a Writer to Make an Eloquent and Moving Case for Barack Obama

Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal yesterday: The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes: He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“A Shallow and Damagogic Politician”: Conservative Writer, Noah Millman, Sours on Palin, and Alludes, Alas, to William Blake

On Wednesday, Noah Millman confessed his disappointment with Sarah Palin, likening his response to her as a movement from Blakean innocence to sober experience. Money quote: [P]retty much everything she has said or done since her appearance on the national stage – beginning … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment