Meanwhile, in the Fever Swamps…

it turns out that Obama is a communist agent whose “presidency had been planned since birth“. This particular meme seems to be very popular with the Paranoid American community at present. Of course, the same people who accuse him of being an atheist communist experience no cognitive dissonance when they also accuse him of being [Read More...]

Bill Kristol: Infallibly Wrong About Everything

Bill Kristol, Warmonger Extraordinaire, has managed to be so wrong so often about so many things that when he attacks something or somebody, it’s a kind of negative imprimatur.  No.  Really.  The guy has a sort of charism of wrongness: So what is his Wrongitude up to now?  Why, joining up with McCain and Graham [Read More...]

Avatars of Thing That Used to be Conservativism Attack Actual Conservatism

Well that didn’t take long.  Tom McDonald notes on his FB page about the political whoring of John McCain and Lindsey Graham as they pull out the long knives to deal with Rand Paul’s uppity protest against our Ruling Class and the Corporatist Police State they service: Rand Paul has finally forced the issue of [Read More...]

Thing that Used to Be Conservatism Cheers for Despotism

In our current state of political discourse, the idea of thinking before reacting is getting rarer and rarer.  The Thing that Used to be Conservatism, being almost entire a creature of the Conservative Infotainment Complex, seems to never give much thought to its positions these days beyond, “Does this have a chance of ginning up [Read More...]

When You Hit Bottom, Don’t Keep Digging

Eliana Johnson explains why it was stroke of genius to attack Obama for calling the Holocaust “senseless violence” and announces that her critics only bear out her opinion of her own brilliance. Here, let me help.  I don’t think Johnson really set out to defend the Nazis.  She’s on record, after all, as mocking Holocaust [Read More...]

Is National Review Losing Its Senses?

In one of the weirder moments of neocon contrarianism, NRO chooses to forge ahead with asserting two of its basic tenets–1) that violence is great and cool and creatively destructive and 2) that Obama is always to be contradicted no matter what–by condemning him for calling the Holocaust an act of senseless violence.  No.  Really: [Read More...]

Why I Call it the “Thing that Used to Be Conservatism”…

…is nicely captured in this comment from fellow Chestertonian Deacon Nathan Allen, who writes: Anyone who uses the words “conservative” — or “liberal”, for that matter — in the context of American political discourse ought to be asked what exactly they mean by that word. Most of what is called “conservatism” these days has nothing [Read More...]

As the Boy Who Cried Wolf Discovered…

…when you scream “HITLER!” every time something doesn’t go your way, you wind up having people making making fun of your rhetoric: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor [Read More...]

Nutjob secessionism is not welcome here

So to demonstrate that our gun culture is perfectly rational, the conversation in my comboxes regarding Federico Lombardi’s common sense remarks managed to turn, rather quickly, toward fantasy scenarios about secession from the Union.  Nothing says “engagement with reality” like fantasy scenarios about violent revolution.  And all because of a couple of mild proposals made–reluctantly–in [Read More...]

Nudging the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism Toward Treating with Reality

After watching the spectacle of readers trying to justify/deny the latest eruption of ObamaHitlerStalin freakoutery in my comboxes (on today’s menu of rationalizations: 1. The Left does it, so it’s okay when we do it. 2. Drudge is read by Lefties too, so it’s not expressing a very popular view on the Right. 3. This [Read More...]

Santorum Continues Remembering Everything

…and learning nothing–and his most zealous supporters continue to be discernment-free partisans of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism who think that wearing precious feet pins confers the sacrament of baptism on every crazy war-mongering thing he says. The GOP has a choice in the coming years on foreign policy: it can become more [Read More...]

The Bourbon GOP

Remembering everything.  Learning nothing: “In the debates and in sweeping rallies across the country, Mitt Romney captured the imagination of millions of Americans.”  - Some Romney functionary, doubling down on the epistemic closure bubble Screw prolifers and become a more effective corporate tool while throwing candy and a pretence of caring to disregarded minorities, like [Read More...]