Mitt Romney: The Sodium Pentothal Question

This Monday morning, Research on Religion has put up its hour-long interview with your diarist about the new free e-book (seriously, no dollars and zero cents right here folks), America’s shifting political-religious landscape and why a certain someone might have to publicly eat his hat if the GOP overperforms in Pennsylvania. There may be one [Read More...]

Ten Infallible Observations About Tonight’s Debate

1. Given the serious fluctuation in the polls everywhere, including in swing states, the stakes for tonight’s debate are incredibly high. 2. If Mitt Romney wins this one decisively, the third debate won’t matter worth a whisker. 3. Regardless of the content of his answers, Obama is going to do his damndest to appear more [Read More...]

Take Responsibility Hillary, Resign

One empty phrase American politicians employ that reeks to the heavens is this: “I take responsibility.” It’s usually used as a way of evading responsibility for a screw-up that, in any decently run government, would be followed by resignation or worse. The latest politician to claim responsibility is Hillary Clinton. She said during a state [Read More...]

Divided We Stand! Wait, What?

As part of its big picture approach to this election, the question Patheos has asked many of us bloggers to noodle this week is, “What’s wrong — and what’s right — with the role of faith in American politics today?” I am, unfortunately, a bearer of bad news on this front. After writing my new [Read More...]

Reminder: Free Mitt, Obama and US Religion E-book

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Hate to flog this again but, well, actually no I don’t. Yesterday, I announced the release of the short e-book Mitt Romney’s Mormon-Christian Coalition, written by yours truly and published for free through the sponsorship of the conservative weekly Human Events. I’ll have more to say about the substance of that book this week, but [Read More...]

Our First Gay Ex-President?

Over at Politix, David Mark has some fun with Andrew Sullivan’s latest freakout, this time over the possibility that our first gay president might not, in fact be cruising toward reelection. [Read more...]

Free Jeremy Lott E-book on Mitt, Obama & Mormonism

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Your diarist wrote it up as a “special report” for Human Events. The e-book in pdf format is about 7,500 words long, laid out for easy reading, and is absolutely free. Please get your copy right here and then post in comments what you thought of it. [Read more...]

Republicans vs. Good News

In a post at Politix, I look at how conservatives and Republicans reacted to the new jobs report. In two words: not well: Former GE CEO Jack Welch tweated that the jobs numbers were “unbelievable.” He charged, “these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” So many right-of-center critics followed Welch’s lead that [Read More...]

My Case that Obama Threw the Debate

It’s published in Splice Today today. I argue that the president likely threw off the first debate to stave off boredom. Seriously: It’s broadly acknowledged that President Obama got beat like a drum by Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate in Denver. Even Slate, that bastion of phony contrarianism, couldn’t find a single pundit [Read More...]

Rope-a-Mope

Serious question: Did President Obama intentionally throw last night’s debate? And if so, why? [Read more...]


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