Politico reports on a study showing that the dollar amount spent on ads critical of the health-care bill is three times as high as on those supportive of the bill — among Democratic candidates alone. According to the article, “Democratic candidates have poured $930,000 into ads deriding the health overhaul but just $300,000 in pro-reform spots.” The article goes on to quote Kantar Media’s Evan Tracey, who did the study: “There doesn’t seem to be a significant effort to try and dial some of that criticism down, turn a negative into a positive.” (Of course, this could be because there’s not much positive to found.) Surviving Democrats who run these anti-health-care ads in their campaigns will have a tough time explaining why they didn’t vote for the expected Republican repeal effort in the next Congress.
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