Category Archives: End of the Republican Party

Dying in Iowa

Things go to Iowa to die. February 3, 1959, was the day the music died – in a cornfield just outside Clear Lake. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in that plane crash. Don … Continue reading

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Exacting Revenge

Americans shouldn’t have to rely on the Brits for embarrassing news about the mood in America, but maybe those proper and civilized folks across the pond take a bit of smug satisfaction in their unruly cousins being crude and mindless … Continue reading

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Garbage Time

“Turn out the lights, the party’s over…” Everyone knows the opening of that maudlin song by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It was introduced in the 1956 musical “Bells Are Ringing” – but just about … Continue reading

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The Amazing Disappearing Republican Party

California has given us lots of things – the Hula Hoop, the Frisbee, the Beach Boys and then Jefferson Airplane and the Doors, and then Laurel Canyon mellow, and the Bakersfield Sound too – Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and … Continue reading

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The Purest Politics

Call it identity politics, or tribal politics, but it’s clear that when it comes time to choose someone to run things, that someone should be one of “us” – because few have the time or energy or patience to consider … Continue reading

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Not So Crazy Uncle Joe

When George H. W. Bush chose the intellectually challenged Dan Quayle to be his running mate, everyone thought it was a joke. This had to be, but it really wasn’t a joke at all – the folks of what might … Continue reading

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That Reagan Sunset

Nothing is random. That masthead photo at the top of the page, which has been up there since early March 2007, is not just a sunset, it’s a political sunset. It’s sunset on June 12, 2004, looking northwest from Mulholland … Continue reading

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