“There are not two sides.”

As the nation’s media openly joined in the celebrations of the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, some are saying, as we blogged about, that they will not cover opposition to the issue anymore.  Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, said this:

“We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides.”

You have GOT to read Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway’s evisceration of this attitude, linked after the jump. [Read more...]

Jim Webb makes Democrat #5

Jim Webb has announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for president, the fourth candidate challenging Hillary Clinton.

Webb may be one of the most interesting and complex candidates in the race:  Secretary of the Navy for Ronald Reagan, former Senator from Virginia, a Viet Nam War hero, a novelist, a scholar.  Webb is a staunch defender of the military who is anti-war, a populist, someone who is running to the left of Mrs. Clinton who nevertheless has some  conservative positions.  The author of an excellent book on the Scotch-Irish, Webb is an advocate of the Democrats’ old constituency of “the common man,” who in the midst of the recent backlash against the Confederate flag, tried to explain the complexities of that symbol in Southern culture.

Any of you supporting him?

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Chris Christie is running for president

New Jersey governor Chris Christie announced that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination.  He makes #14.

Are any of you for him?  If so, state the case for why he would be a good nominee and a good president. [Read more...]

How should Republicans respond?

Pretty much all of the Republican presidential candidates, with different tones and emphases, are pro-life, anti-gay marriage social conservatives.  So are they politically doomed in today’s socially-liberal cultural climate? [Read more...]

New rhetorical strategies for the anti-gun crowd

Opponents of the Second Amendment, inspired by other rapid changes of public opinion, are formulating new ways of framing their arguments against the ownership of firearms:

  • Make gun ownership a public health issue, as with tobacco and drunk driving
  • Make gun ownership morally problematic, as with the Confederate flag
  • Adopt the language of  “liberty,” as in civil liberty, and “rights,” as in gay rights.  Freedom from guns.  The right not to bear arms.

See a columnist making all of these suggestions after the jump. [Read more...]

Bobby Jindal joins the presidential race

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.  He makes lucky 13.  Gov. Jindal is counting on his braininess and appeal conservative Christians to make him a contender.  I’m not sure either of those qualities will go very far this election.  Still, he has many good qualities.

What do you think of his candidacy?  How do you think he would be as president (which is a separate question from “does he have a chance?”)? [Read more...]