Lesson from Obama’s HHS: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

St. Teresa of Avila is reported to have snapped at God: “If this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few.” This is a point the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops could, with some justification, toss in the teeth of the Obama administration, now that the body has been denied [Read More...]

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Why All My Facebook Friends Are Right-Wingers

In an essay for Salon’s “Life Stories” section, Kim Brooks asks: “Is my Facebook page a liberal echo chamber?” Her answer: yes. She made this discovery after friending an old high-school chum, a marching band veteran she remembers as pleasant and quiet — never the type to affix cattle horns to the hood of his [Read More...]

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Rick Perry and the Politics of Treating ‘em Ugly

Even conservatives are coming down on brand-new presidential candidate Rick Perry for accusing Ben Bernanke of treason and declaring that Texans would treat the Federal Reserve chairman “pretty ugly.” “That is not…a presidential statement,” Karl Rove told Fox News. In Tuesday’s column, Ross Douthat called Perry “the conservative id made flesh.” It’s a brilliant turn [Read More...]

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