Monthly Archives: May 2009

And Then Things Got Worse

And then things got worse – an all-purpose phrase for everything since September 1939 or so, or perhaps universally useful. Yes, your Republican friends warned you – don’t vote us out of office, there’ll be hell to pay. Maybe you … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion Politics, Abortion Rights, Domestic Terrorism from the Right, George Tiller Murder, Liberal Tolerance, Operation Rescue, Ta-Nehisi Coates | Leave a comment

Sleepwalking into Empire

June 1990 seems so long ago. It was June at West Point and the graduation ceremonies were impressive. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Colin Powell, gave the commencement address: General Powell, President Bush’s chief military adviser, called on the … Continue reading

Posted in American Empire, American Imperialism, Colin Powell 1990, Colin Powell Endorses Obama, Saddam's Palaces, Winning Hearts and Minds | Leave a comment

Regarding Morally Odious Morons

By Friday, May 29 – the end of May – it had become clear that the political party no longer in power, the Republicans, had imploded. It was the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and the de … Continue reading

Posted in David Brooks, Empathy, Race and Politics, Republican Civil War, Republican Party Breaks Apart, Republican Power Vacuum, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor Nomination, Sotomayor the Racist Bigot, The End of the Republican Party | Leave a comment

Identity Politics as Surreal Performance Art

When what was once terribly important is, for some reason, no longer that important, and what was used to sway public opinion and taste mysteriously simply stops working, what you have left is camp – whatever it was is now … Continue reading

Posted in Affirmative Action, Dog Whistle Politics, Identity Politics, La Raza, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor Nomination, Tom Tancredo | Leave a comment

Boldly Fighting the Already Lost Cultural War

Unless you’re insecure and defensive about where you’re from, where you’ve been, who you know, and of course what you know – culture wars are kind of fun. They have nothing to do with being fat, ugly, old and smelly. … Continue reading

Posted in Empathy, Latino American and African American Reconciliation, Republicans and Anger, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor Nomination, Sotomayor the Racist Bigot, War Over Cultural Norms | Leave a comment

Faking Your Opponents Out of Their Shoes

Sometimes you just have to change the subject – the issues are too hot, the useful options too few, and all all you see is worry around you, save for the few engaged in angry rants. Nothing is going to … Continue reading

Posted in Empathy, North Korea, North Korea Missile Launch, North Korea Nuke Test, Obama - Master Politician, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor Nomination, Trapping Republicans in Awkward Positions | Leave a comment

The Losing Battle against the Feminization of Everything

Working in Canada for two years might have been an awful exile from Hollywood, but London, Ontario, is a good place – the Forest City, with trees everywhere of course, and good honest people, the best friends you could ever … Continue reading

Posted in Bush the Newfie, Canada, Empathy, Male Unemployment, Pelosi as Pussy Galore, The Emerging New Economy, The Feminization of Everything, Working-Class Masculinity | Leave a comment