There’s an odd piece over on Politico today. It’s the collaborative effort of three of its leading writers, about Newt Gingrich. It mentions from the get-go his recent comment about Barack Obama’s “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview. The comment was made to our Bob Costa. And Newt was explicitly flagging — and endorsing — Dinesh D’Souza’s thesis about what makes Obama tick, the point of D’Souza’s recent Forbes article and new book. But the Politico piece never mentions the D’Souza book, making Newt sound randomly kooky at best. Knowing at least one of the authors of the piece, I doubt it was done on purpose. But it does seem to be a bit unfair to the reader who hasn’t been following the blow-by-blow of what-Newt-said-and-where-it-came from. And considering there have been some prominent, unfair references to D’Souza and his thesis (to which D’Souza responded in a recent interview), a fair treatment of what Newt said would be helpful in subsequent political coverage. One doesn’t have to be running a Newt-Gingrich-for-president campaign to hope for a change.
Attention, journalists of America: Time is running out! You have under three weeks left to publish your last batch of over-the-top pre-election puff pieces on Texas Democrat/cross-country liberal sensation/wing-and-a-prayer Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke! It is here that we must face the difficult truth: ... Read More
I must have missed something: Was there some kind of all-hands white-people meeting at which we voted to kick the Democrats out? Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal, Beto O’Rourke — what’s up with all the ethnic play-acting? Isn’t cultural appropriation supposed to be a bad thing among progressives? Isn’t ... Read More
Way back in January, I went through the then-34 seats where a Republican incumbent was retiring and concluded that most were in deeply red districts and not likely to flip to Democrats. Pollsters and media organizations are less inclined to conduct surveys of House races, both because there’s less public ... Read More
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