Our friend Jim Geraghty writes over in the Campaign Spot (which you are reading religiously, I trust) that the Romney religious-freedom ad this morning raises what might typically be an “incendiary” charge of a “war” here “on religion.” Jim makes the point that the “Be Not Afraid” ad relies on an opinion headline to support that claim. It does indeed. But it is also worth pointing out that it was Secretary Kathleen Sebelius herself, the mother of the HHS contraception-sterilization-abortion-inducing-drug “preventative services” mandate, who has used the war language (which I pointed out this morning here). As in: We, Obama administration and our “pro-choice” allies, are waging war on those backward-thinking religious folks. It’s also worth pointing out that the Romney campaign, with that ad, totally bucked conventional wisdom that insists that Romney and Republicans down-ticket should run far away from anything having to do with this particular mandate and so-called women’s issues. Instead, the campaign fought right back against the cynical “war on women” campaign rhetoric, in near-immediate response to the president’s disingenuous display withSandra Fluke introducing him in Denver this Wednesday. That’s always a good thing to see. And it is not the first time we have seen it.
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