Blogger: Trump and Ryan Represent Different Types of Evil

August 5th, 2016 8:42 PM
There’s a famous line attributed to Henry Kissinger about the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s: “It's a pity they can't both lose.” Left-wing Washington Monthly blogger David Atkins adapted Kissinger’s quip for his Tuesday post about whether “vicious, ignorant megalomaniac” Donald Trump is “more contemptible” than “steely-eyed devotee…

Blogger: Obama Leads Recent Two-Term Presidents in ‘Moral Credibility’

July 29th, 2016 9:42 PM
In a few months, Barack Obama will become the fifth post-World War II president to serve two full terms. The Washington Monthly’s Martin Longman thinks Obama tops the other four in terms of “popularity and moral credibility,” as indicated not only by the positive reception Obama got for his Wednesday-night DNC speech boosting Hillary Clinton, but by the public’s curiosity…

Rush Riffs On NewsBusters Post, Anniversary of National Show

July 25th, 2016 11:40 PM
One of NewsBusters’ most prominent readers, Rush Limbaugh, gave us a shout-out Monday during his radio program as he reflected on his success and longevity (next Monday, The Rush Limbaugh Show marks its 28th anniversary in national syndication). Limbaugh discussed a Sunday NB post which centered on a Washington Monthly blogger’s allegations that he has left a “sick stain”…

Blogger: Limbaugh Has Left a ‘Sick Stain’ and a ‘Loathsome Legacy’

July 24th, 2016 5:36 PM
Paul Krugman claimed recently that the Republican party “went over the edge…when supply-side economics became [its] official doctrine.” The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker reveres Krugman, but he has a different choice for “the moment when the GOP truly lost it”: August 1, 1988, when Rush Limbaugh’s radio show went national. Tucker argued that Limbaugh…

Liberal: Cops, BLM Should Team Up Against the Real Cop-Haters, the NRA

July 11th, 2016 9:53 PM
The police and Black Lives Matter may seem like strange bedfellows, but that’s not the case, claims longtime journalist Steven Waldman. In fact, Waldman thinks the two should join forces against “the most anti-police organization in America”: the National Rifle Association. “Both police and African Americans feel under siege,” wrote Waldman in a Monday article for…

Blogger: GOP Conventions Feature the ‘Worst In Human Behavior’

June 27th, 2016 9:18 PM
When citing instances of “the worst in human behavior,” reasonable choices include the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and whatever ISIS did today. In a Sunday post, Washington Monthly blogger D. R. Tucker offered an absurdly unreasonable choice: the last ten Republican national conventions. Tucker did comment hopefully that “perhaps this year’s GOP convention will be so…

Pundit: Right’s Support For Brexit Based On ‘Nonsense’ and ‘Tribalism’

June 26th, 2016 11:54 AM
Though the Brexit debate didn’t break down along ideological lines, some liberal writers focused their morning-after scorn on pro-Leave conservatives. Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall wrote that American conservatives rooted for Brexit because of “the same turn back…the clock to glory nonsense that animates Trumpism…American conservative glee [over…

Washington Monthly: Liberals Need ‘Anti-Fox’ for Lefty Revolution

June 14th, 2016 8:31 AM
In a Sunday post, The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker urged Bern-feelers to follow the example of conservatives who “rebounded from Barry Goldwater’s spectacular [1964] loss [and became] a dominant force. By forming influential think tanks and media outlets, pressuring the mainstream press to focus on issues right-wingers considered important, and voting consistently in even…

Blogger: Hillary, Maddow Alike In Terms of ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Courage’

May 29th, 2016 8:46 PM
Megyn Kelly as an unofficial campaign surrogate for Donald Trump? That’s how Washington Monthly blogger D.R. Tucker cast her when he posited that this year’s presidential contest boils down to “a fight between Rachel Maddow’s America and Megyn Kelly’s America.” “The presumptive Democratic and Republican presidential candidates embody the distinctive…

Washington Monthly Blogger: ‘Aggressive A**hole Vote’ Key to GOP

April 17th, 2016 12:24 PM
One demographic group you won’t see mentioned in poll results from Quinnipiac, Monmouth, or pretty much anywhere else is “aggressive a**hole[s].” Nonetheless, according to Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman, such voters have constituted the key bloc in this year’s Republican presidential primary-and-caucus process. “If you take the electorate and subtract…

Blogger: SCOTUS Often Has ‘Overcome’ Right’s ‘Inexcusable Wrongness’

April 10th, 2016 5:43 PM
If judicial review means that the U.S. Supreme Court is a de facto super-legislature that can in effect supersede actual legislatures, that’s fine with Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman. In a Wednesday post, Longman acknowledged that certain SCOTUS rulings over the past several decades have been politically motivated, but argued that those were appropriate remedies for the “…

Blogger: Trump’s Candidacy May Be ‘Logical Endpoint’ of Conservatism

April 5th, 2016 11:49 AM
Liberals disagree on when Republicans changed from a mere opposition party into a truly malign force. For obvious reasons, the early 1980s are a popular choice. Martin Longman thinks it happened later, during Bill Clinton’s second term, but also speculates that the GOP’s “crackpot” period may be almost over. Donald Trump’s presidential bid, contended Longman in a…

Blogger: Conservatives Clueless About Obama’s ‘What Works’ Comment

March 27th, 2016 2:20 PM
Conservatives have objected in droves to a remark President Obama made this past week during his visit to Argentina. Addressing a gathering of young adults, Obama said, “In the past there’s been a sharp division…between capitalist and communist or socialist…but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works.” The right’s…

Blogger: Communism’s ‘Impractical,’ But So Is ‘Unregulated Capitalism’

March 16th, 2016 12:03 AM
Many left-wingers still insist that supporters of Donald Trump are conservatives, but Washington Monthly blogger David Atkins finds Trump backers “far less terrifying” than staunch right-wingers. In a Sunday post, Atkins opined that even though Trump’s base voters tend to be mean and “ignorant,” movement conservatives are “more morally objectionable”…