I’ve learned too much from Andrew McC. to think him an “imbecile,” so I hope he will consider any possible mistake in my assumptions in this post as just that, a mistake, and not an implied put-down of him. (I think that if you re-read Stiles’s post you might conclude that you have been oversensitive on this point.) I think McCarthy the only person I know, including Paul Ryan himself, who considers the full enactment of the Ryan budget plan in this Congress as a test of Republican seriousness. I suppose that in some sense it will be disappointing if Medicare isn’t converted into a program of premium support before the 2012 elections. I’d certainly prefer it if it were, of course. But to suggest that Republicans are selling out if they accept a different short-term legislative outcome while living to fight another day—and that any conservative pundit who reaches a different judgment is simply an apologist for them—strikes me as a deeply misguided way of thinking about our political challenges.
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More