Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

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November 12, 2015, 8:23 PM EST

Bernie Sanders has done surprisingly well in his campaign for president, much better than many observers expected when the openly socialist senator from Vermont announced in April that he was running.

But while Sanders has caused Hillary Clinton to shift noticeably to the left, his campaign has been vexed by a dilemma that has proven resistant to remedy -- lack of enthusiasm for Sanders among blacks and Hispanics. 

November 11, 2015, 7:07 PM EST

You know you've made it when you're "parodied" on Saturday Night Live, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, exclaimed to Rachel Maddow when appearing on Maddow's MSNBC show on Monday.

Which might be true had SNL actually parodied Maddow. What they served up instead was a pallid impersonation at best when there was so much more to work with.

November 7, 2015, 10:31 PM EST

To paraphrase a punch line from Richard Pryor -- who are you going to believe, liberals defending Obamacare or your lying ears?

Lefties shilling for Obamacare have forgotten or choose to ignore one of Barack Obama's most blatant and repetitive lies -- namely, that under the so-called Affordable Care Act, health insurance premiums would drop on average by $2,500 annually per family.

November 5, 2015, 8:48 PM EST

Once a liberal gets to talking about fascism, which ranks high among his perennial obsessions, amusing observations and dubious claims are sure to follow.

Usually the left winger in question will opine about the genuine, hard-core varieties of fascism found in Europe during the early 20th century, before he inevitably condemns the domestic versions endured by Americans during Republican presidential administrations. 

November 3, 2015, 6:14 PM EST

There she goes again, demonstrating that self-proclaimed but seldom-observed "devotion" to facts that "borders on obsessive."

If a Republican president is elected next November, one of his or her first actions as president would likely be approval of the remaining leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. The second part of that equation is less of a stretch, seeing how all the GOP candidates support completion of the project.

November 1, 2015, 5:07 PM EST

At long last, irrefutable proof -- not only can pigs fly, that they did on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show when its namesake host opined about Jeb Bush's flailing campaign this past Thursday.

In the process, Maddow refuted one of the central tenets of contemporary liberalism, a belief so dear to its adherents that they want to amend the Constitution to legitimize their delusion.

October 27, 2015, 8:08 PM EDT

Amid fierce competition from Clinton sycophants in media and politics, a potential frontrunner has emerged as the most egregious Hillary suck-up in the wake of her Nurse Ratched-inspired testimony before the House Benghazi Committee on Oct. 22.

Few people outside Pennsylvania or regular MSNBC viewers are likely to be familiar with Joe Sestak, a former Democrat House member and ex-admiral now running for Senate in the Keystone State.


October 25, 2015, 8:10 PM EDT

During Rachel Maddow's live but actually not interview with Hillary Clinton on Friday night, Maddow asked Clinton if she had any "new ideas" on improving health care for veterans provided by the notoriously schlerotic Veterans Affairs department.

Considering that Maddow put this to a paleo-Dem whose politics have remained static since her undergrad days at Wellesley, Clinton's answer to Maddow's query was nearly certain to amuse.

October 25, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT

Liberals often proclaim their devotion to "free" health care and "free" college, thereby demonstrating their flimsy grasp of the word "free."

The word "illegal" is also a challenge for them as shown by their unwillingness to utter the dreaded term "illegal immigrant."

October 21, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT

Converse with a liberal and it's only a matter of time, usually not very long, before he starts bashing those unevolved miscreants known as fellow Americans.

Just as predictable is the same liberal shortly thereafter praising Americans for their keen perception in sharing his political views.

October 20, 2015, 4:58 PM EDT

With Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Benghazi Select Committee only days away, liberals have settled on a simplistic meme to frame the media narrative -- if Clinton as secretary of state was somehow at fault for the attacks on American diplomatic outposts in Benghazi in 2012, how was President George W. Bush not at fault for al Qaeda hitting the U.S. in 2001?

The two jihadist assaults do share a specific thing in common -- their date, Sept. 11, separated by 11 years. Beyond that, the analogy is deliberately misleading and hence inherently appealing to the left, as conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh pointed out Monday.

October 17, 2015, 9:37 PM EDT

Through the vitriol of another tiresome debate on gun control -- or "common sense gun safety legislation" as liberals have taken to robotically mouthing instead -- it is refreshing when a left winger blurts out his or her actual, underlying view on the issue.

Such was the case earlier this week with Thom Hartmann, who hosts one of the top-rated programs on that lifeless moonscape known as liberal radio, during a debate with Carl Higbie, president of the pro-gun rights Citizen League.

October 13, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT

Back in September 2004, blogger Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs helped defuse an explosive allegation from Dan Rather on 60 Minutes II -- that then-President George W. Bush went AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War -- by pointing out the embarrassing fact that documents obtained by Rather to prove the claim were written in Microsoft Word font that wasn't invented until decades after Bush served in the military.

The bias-driven blunder resulted in CBS firing Rather's producer, Mary Mapes, and three other employees, with Rather making an unceremonious departure from anchor work on the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes II shortly after.


October 10, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

You never know what to expect on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, but last night's show included a guest saying something genuinely startling.

Former Democrat congressman Patrick Kennedy has been making the rounds to plug his new book, "A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction." Much of the media reaction to the book focuses on its unflattering revelations about the Kennedys, such as a failed family intervention in the early 1990s to stop Ted Kennedy from drinking.

October 8, 2015, 9:16 PM EDT

Yeah, I'm sure it was the first thing many people thought upon learning the horrific news of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon -- there goes another Republican.

More accurately, it was the first thing fervently wished in the fever swamps of the left, one of which is inhabitated by Alan Colmes, formerly the lesser half of Hannity & Colmes, now opining over at his own show on Fox News Radio.

October 6, 2015, 5:39 PM EDT

"Tonight for the interview ..." -- or The Interview as this species of schmooze is known on The Rachel Maddow Show -- "we've got a sitting Supreme Court justice," trumpeted Maddow on her program Friday night. "What?! Yes! ... It is very rare for Justice Breyer to do an interview but we have got that here tonight."

Halfway through the show, Maddow made another plug for The Interview -- "There are nine justices on the Supreme Court. Contrary to popular impression, the nine life-tenured members of the United States Supreme Court  -- they are human. They are people. That said, that doesn't mean you can talk to them. Except tonight we can. Tonight an interview with sitting Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer. Seriously."

October 4, 2015, 9:03 PM EDT

Rush Limbaugh has stayed on top of the radio game for decades because his listeners know that tuning in to hear what he has to say, especially in the wake of significant news, is rarely a waste of time.

Limbaugh demonstrated this again on Friday when he excoriated the left's kneejerk response to mass murder at a community college in Oregon with demands for more gun control -- despite the fact the rampage occurred at that epitome of liberal lunacy known as a "gun-free zone."

October 1, 2015, 7:33 PM EDT

Left-wing radio talker Thom Hartmann is hobbled with a decidedly short memory. He condemns Republicans for wasting no time in their plans to thwart President Obama, literally from the first day of his presidency.

Hartmann has apparently forgotten that one has to go way, way back to the second Bush presidency to see the opposition party so determined in its efforts to undermine the chief executive.

September 29, 2015, 8:07 PM EDT

First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on Stephen Colbert's new late show last night and something unexpected happened -- a brief stretch of conversation that was actually funny.

Prior to that, Colbert appeared nervous in Mrs. Obama's presence, frequently interrupting and talking over her.

But the interview finally delivered during an exchange where former president Bill Clinton came up, albeit indirectly, and in a way he'd surely not find amusing.

September 27, 2015, 7:02 PM EDT

Daily Beast correspondent Eleanor Clift has decided the law of supply and demand makes no sense, at least not when it comes to economics. It's difficult to avoid concluding that Eleanor Clift makes no sense, economically or otherwise.

A weekly panelist on The McLaughlin Show, Clift was a lonely voice for irrationality on the program this weekend, arguing in favor of an anachronistic ban on US oil exports imposed during the mid-'70s.