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September 19, 2018
Saul Alinsky’s 13 Rules for Radicals
Saul Alinsky was a left-wing activist in the 1960s and 1970s whose "community organizing" was...
December 28, 2017
Democrats Should Make the Tax Bill Fair
Democrats can hardly control their indignation at the Tax Reform Bill that has just passed. ...
May 03, 2017
Data on why the Democrats lost
Now that the dust has settled from the presidential election and there has been time...
April 26, 2017
Profanity and politics
Politicians are now using the whole array of four-letter words in their speeches. President Trump...
October 10, 2016
“You need both a public and a private position”
Some of Hillary Clinton's hacked e-mails released by Wikileaks include transcripts of paid speeches she gave...
February 12, 2016
I missed the Democratic debate. What happened and where does it leave the Democratic race?...
November 05, 2015
Clinton accuses Sanders of sexism and racism
Hillary Clinton and her organization are fending off the threat from the left by accusing...
October 15, 2015
Do Republicans really want to kick women out of the country?
The chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, claims that all of the...
July 30, 2015
Masking interest-group politics with ideological rhetoric
Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., discusses how New York City mayor Bill...
June 26, 2015
New rhetorical strategies for the anti-gun crowd
Opponents of the Second Amendment, inspired by other rapid changes of public opinion, are formulating...
September 10, 2014
The mother of all attack ads
I was 12 years old when I watched Lyndon Johnson's campaign ad that showed a...
August 22, 2014
Abortions for men
A Texas pro-abortion organization, Fund Texas Women, has announced that it is changing its name...
July 02, 2014
Hobby Lobby hysteria
Critics of the Supreme Court's ruling that the Obamacare contraceptive mandate must include exemptions for...
February 17, 2014
Our Orwellian government
Victor Davis Hanson writes about the "Orwellian" language and attempts to rewrite the past that...
January 22, 2014
Conservatives “have no place” in New York
Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York often mentioned as an alternative to Hillary Clinton...
January 15, 2014
The Democrats' big new issue is "income inequality." What they are referring to is that...
January 14, 2014
Dog whistles vs. smiley faces
In the context of a discussion about "income inequality" (we'll discuss that later), Kathleen Parker...
January 09, 2014
Move the nation’s capital to Nebraska
We talk about politics here at the Cranach blog, being careful to keep the two...
May 06, 2013
Benching sports metaphors
Figures of speech are not just ornamentation. They can shape the way we think about...
December 12, 2012
Planned Parenthood as political organization
The most effective political organization in America, judged by the recent elections, is Planned Parenthood. ...
October 17, 2012
The best campaign ad of them all
In a postmodern, objectively irrelevant, subjectivist, "I like this" kind of way: HT: Anthony Sacramone.
October 09, 2012
Postmodernists, who believe that truth is relative, reject such retro concepts as logic, evidence, and...
September 05, 2012
The Democratic National Convention
The Democratic National Convention got underway and on television yesterday in Charlotte, N.C. I do...
September 05, 2012
A lexicon of new racist words
One argument we are already hearing is that if you are against President Obama you...
June 01, 2012
Gendercide foes called racist against Asians
The bill to ban abortion for the purpose of sex-selection was defeated in the House...
May 21, 2012
Be skeptical about political journalism
The New York Times broke a shocking story: Joe Ricketts, an up-by-the-bootstraps billionaire whose varied...
April 23, 2012
Explaining negative politics
Stephen Pearlstein sees a shift in the campaign strategies of both sides: The winning strategy...
March 27, 2012
Which gaffes stick
When a politician makes a mistake, sometimes it gets turned into a disqualification. Sometimes it...
March 19, 2012
Playing to the local yokels
We've posted about various kinds of condescension to Southerners and Oklahomans (not exactly the same). ...
March 16, 2012
Enough with the “war” metaphor
Charles Lane is sick of the "war" metaphor in political discourse, something all sides are...
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