The Right's Culture War Problem

Quick, off the top of your head, if someone asks you to come up with a name that would best fit the label "right-wing culture warrior," who would you choose? Given that he's actually written a book with the title "culture warrior," many might choose Bill O'Reilly, and not without reason. But if you're a little bit older, or you have a habit of watching cable news, another name - one equally apt...

Conservatives Now OK With Dissent Because They're Doing It

Oy. Here's Glenn Beck on yesterday's radio show (audio here, at Media Matters): I was somebody that during the Clinton administration said, Can we please stop saying that the president is killing people in our national parks? Can we please stop saying that? You know, because what I said at the time was, if we believe that then we are farther down this road than you even imagine. You can’t have...

Son of Fe, Fi, Fo, Frum

Well, it seems as if David Frum has responded to my post. Unfortunately, it's now been almost three weeks since that time, meaning the topic's gotten sort of stale. The timing of things couldn't have been worse for me, coming as it did at the end of the kids' school year, when "frenetic" doesn't begin to describe things in most households. Add to that the fact that - as I mentioned in my first...

Fe, Fi, Fo, Frum

...I smell the blood of a propagandist! Recognize this guy? He's David Frum, former Bush speechwriter and current talking head on many a cable outlet's political TV show. He also runs his own group blog called the Frum Forum. If you're unfamiliar with him, I've posted a lengthier bio with more context, so the rest of this post will make more sense. Frum is also the guy I got into a Twitter-fight...

Uppity Negro Should Mind His Manners

At least that’s what the wingnut coalition seems to be thinking nowadays. Wonkette catches the teabaggers in the act of overt - if unthinking - racism: This is a few days old now, and many outlets have featured it, including Countdown and others, but it's been hanging around in the back of my mind persistently, which doesn't usually happen with items like this which are - at first glance,...

They Am The Mob

The annual CPAC conference is coming up, featuring activities like this:Conservative Political Action Conference “CPAC” begins Thursday here in D.C. and will feature a party Friday evening where guests will have the opportunity to whack a Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pinata…Mary Christopher, outreach coordinator for CivicForumPAC, said...“We’re hoping to have the females whack the...

Grand Old Pantswetters

Yesterday's astonishing display of fear from the usually tough-talking GOP and conservative suspects was a signal indicator of just how badly conservatives are still scared by the thought of the Muslim boogeyman. As usual, Glenn Greenwald gets it exactly right. A taste: This is literally true: the Right's reaction to yesterday's announcement -- we're too afraid to allow trials and due process in...

Are You SURE You Meant To Say That?

Methinks George Will - the "sensible conservative" on the Sunday morning political talk shows - might have wanted to re-read his most-recent Washington Post column before passing it along to the editor. Because it seems pretty clear he didn't think through the implications of a lot of his argument: The puzzle is: Why does the president, who says that were America "starting from scratch" he would...