Blogger: Obama Has Done More For Blue-Collar GOPers Than GOP Has

March 14th, 2016 9:42 PM
These days, one of the biggest meta-debates in politics concerns apportioning blame for the staying power of the Donald Trump circus. How much of Trump’s popularity is attributable to, say, the mainstream media? To conservative talk radio? In a Sunday post, The Washington Monthly’s Martin Longman pointed the finger at Republicans and absolved President Obama. Apropos of Trump’s…

Professor: Republicans Rejoice in Their ‘Culture of Stupidity’

February 18th, 2016 9:55 PM
A famous T-shirt of the early 1990s featured Bart Simpson’s message that he was an underachiever “and proud of it, man!” Such shirts would be fitting garb for the many Republicans who squander their intellects for ideological reasons, implied NYU public-policy professor Mark Kleiman in a Wednesday Washington Monthly blog post. “I doubt that Republican office-holders or…

Blogger: GOPers Don’t Want Obama’s ‘Kenyan Paws’ On Scalia’s Seat

February 18th, 2016 9:57 AM
Some analysts have pointed out that it’d be risky for Republicans to preemptively block anyone President Obama nominates to succeed Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, but that approach wouldn’t necessarily end when Obama leaves office. Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman believes that if in 2017 a Democrat becomes president but GOPers retain sufficient power in the Senate,…

Blogger Charles Pierce: Anita Hill Should Succeed Scalia

February 16th, 2016 1:07 AM
Over the past few days, a great many left-wing commentators have weighed in on Antonin Scalia-related issues, especially Scalia’s judicial legacy and Republicans’ refusal to consider anyone President Obama might nominate to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Highlights have included Slate's Dahlia Lithwick remarking that "sometimes it seemed [Scalia] worked overtime to…

Lefty Blogger: ‘I Can’t Watch’ Fox News ‘Without Feeling Ill’

February 14th, 2016 3:05 PM
Democrats have long envied Republicans’ message discipline, which presumably means Dems are relishing what Martin Longman calls the “disarray” in the GOP and in its main “official organ,” Fox News. “I don’t think right-wing media is set up to deal with an unorthodox candidate [Donald Trump] who doesn’t consistently hew to the conservative line,…

Blogger: Government-Hater Snyder in the ‘Dark Tradition’ of Reagan

February 8th, 2016 10:15 PM
If the eventual Republican presidential nominee takes the advice of The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker, he’ll choose Michigan governor Rick Snyder as his running mate, not in spite of what happened to Flint’s water supply, but because of it. “Snyder never gave a damn about the residents of Flint, and still doesn’t,” claimed Tucker in a Saturday post. “…

Blogger: Republicans, Once ‘Decent People,’ Now ‘Batsh*t Insane’

January 31st, 2016 12:49 PM
Once upon a time, Martin Longman didn’t think Republicans were so bad, but that was before the Tea Party, before the Iraq war, before Fox News became a major force. The Washington Monthly blogger detailed his decades of disillusionment in a Tuesday post. According to Longman, events which eroded his belief that Republicans were “decent people” included the “excesses of…

Lefty Blogger: ‘Keith Olbermann Kept Our Democracy Safe’

January 17th, 2016 11:14 AM
Five years ago this month, a great many Tea Party Republicans took office in Congress. For some on the left, however, that may not have been the worst political development of January, 2011. This coming Thursday, notes The Washington Monthly's D.R. Tucker, “marks the fifth anniversary of the bitter night…when progressive Americans, and indeed Americans of all political…

Lefty Blogger: Conservatism Was Less Disgusting 85 Years Ago

January 10th, 2016 2:15 PM
In the present, liberals vehemently oppose what conservatives stand for (and vice versa, of course). But do liberals believe there was a time when conservatism was somewhat reasonable, or at least not appalling? Martin Longman offered an answer in a Friday post: It was “the reaction to FDR’s New Deal” that crystallized the suspicious, radical conservatism of today. “…

Blogger: On the Right, Con Jobs Are Just ‘Part of the Culture’

January 3rd, 2016 12:23 PM
Ben Carson seems to be joining the likes of Michele Bachmann and Howard Dean on the list of presidential candidates who generated a lot of early buzz but became distant also-rans well before a nominee was chosen. According to Washington Monthly blogger David Atkins, Carson’s campaign also offers yet more proof that conservatives tend to be easy marks for scammers. “The libertarian-…

Liberal Pundit: Scandal-Free Obama Has Avoided ‘Second-Term Curse’

December 26th, 2015 12:12 AM
Bill Scher runs a website called Liberal Oasis, which makes it unsurprising that his Monday RealClearPolitics column celebrated President Obama’s avoidance (so far) of the “second-term curse” that supposedly afflicted George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and some of their predecessors in the White House. Scher exults that Obama “has not been knocked off course by scandal”…

Blogger On Gun Control: ‘No Rational Conservatives In This Country’

December 18th, 2015 11:02 AM
Starting with the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, several mass shootings have brought about considerable debate regarding restrictions on access to firearms for the mentally ill. D.R. Tucker argued last Sunday that denying guns to “deranged individuals” should have been a special cause for conservatives long before -- specifically, since March 1981, when John Hinckley tried to…

Lefty Blogger: ‘Real Winner’ of GOP Presidential Debate? ISIS

December 16th, 2015 9:57 PM
Many of the lefty writers who analyzed Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate at the Venetian suggested that had the event been promoted as if it were a Vegas show, the marquee might have read “Fright Night,” or perhaps “Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid,” given how much the candidates hyped the threat of jihadist terrorism.

Daily Kos Writer: Cruz a Fitting Leader For a ‘Christian Caliphate’

December 7th, 2015 9:34 PM
In 2010, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas published his book American Taliban, which detailed his belief that “fundamentalist Muslims [are] basically hard-right Christians…American [religious conservatives] may be more constrained by American society and laws than their Middle Eastern counterparts, but…their goals are the same.” This past weekend, one current and one…