More Election Winners and Losers – Republican Minorities, Republican Women, Women in General, Nepotism, Tea Party Apologists, and California Weed Growers

Winner: Republican minorities.  From Marco Rubio and Nikki Haley to lesser-known figures like David Rivera of Florida and Quico Canseco of Texas, all of whom were victorious on Tuesday.  Other minority Republicans ran and lost, including three Asian-Americans (Tran, Chao, Djou).  The GOP still needs to do a better job of reaching out to people of [Read More…]

Why the Church (As Such) Should Not Support the Tea Party

I think it’s fair to say that I have defended the Tea Party movement pretty thoroughly against what I consider unfair criticisms and caricatures in the mainstream media. I have defended the movement against allegations that it is racist and un-Christian.  I have argued that it is, in some ways, akin to a social justice [Read More…]

The Tea Party Isn't Really About Spending — Or Is It?

I must confess that I like Kevin Drum at Mother Jones.  I almost never agree with him.  But he’s clearly an intelligent, earnest, thoughtful commentator.  About a week ago I came across this from Drum: There’s little evidence that extreme conservatives are any more concerned about spending now than they’ve ever been, and over the [Read More…]