What in the World is Going on in American Politics Right Now?

Why is American politics so crazy right now? Short answer: Because it’s always been crazy. In a great historical review in The American Interest, Frank J. DiStefano shows that the rise and fall of political parties and periodic realignment are just par for the course: In reality, American parties are temporary coalitions forged as tools…

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At Least They’re Consistent

Democrats spent most of the decade of the Nineties trying to tell us that character doesn’t matter. Now they’re taking the opportunity of the New Jersey Senate race to try to reinforce that lesson: NJ.com is certainly no fan of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Three years ago, the news outlet’s editorial board called on Menendez…

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As Seen in The Federalist

Hey, I got a piece published in The Federalist today. Swing over and check it out: The Left Isn’t Deranged About Trump, They’re Power Addicts Crazy For Another Hit

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Nike Gives a Marketing Strategy Seminar

In an amphitheater classroom in a Portland community college, some of the world’s best known brands have gathered to hear the wisdom of all-time brand superstar Nike. The atmosphere is heady with anticipation of the wisdom that will spill forth as the world leader in swoosh-branded things begins to speak.  Nike: I’d like to thank…

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Fake News Controversies from 1764

I’m reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin right now. I was interested in it because I enjoyed Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs so much. And while this book isn’t as compelling as the Jobs book (not least because Franklin wasn’t as big of an a-hole as Jobs), I have learned that Franklin bathed more…

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The Value of Door-to-Door Canvassing

So, yesterday I’m in the bedroom trying to figure out how to make our TV work better (“Stupid TV! Be more funny!“). Because when you cut out cable, it doesn’t cut out your craving for a steady stream of sweet, sweet televised media, even if it’s only Family Ties reruns and X-Games highlights, and you…

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Colonel Nicholson Conservatives

We’re well into year two of the Trump presidency, and well past the time when any lingering intramural hard feelings on the conservative side should’ve been smoothed over. That’s how it normally goes — egos get punctured in the primaries, expectations get modified based on who the actual candidate is, and then the winning party…

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Stripping with Stormy Daniels

The reason people can box for sport and exercise is that everybody agrees to a set of time-honored rules beforehand. Because of those rules, sparring can look like fighting, but it’s not really a fight because the participants aren’t trying to hurt or kill each other. So, everybody can get in shape and hone their…

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Some Final Thoughts on the Great Alabama Republican Self-Wedgie of 2017

As a coda to the recent special election for senator in Alabama, I have some thoughts on watching the whole thing descend into the worst Benny Hill skit ever. This was the most issue-free election I have ever witnessed, or even heard about. There were more trenchant policy discussions when Betty ran against Veronica for…

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Ann Althouse May be the Only Commentator Who Understands the Alabama Senate Election (Update: The Federalist too)

Because this is it, in a nutshell:

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Looking in the Wrong Direction

Everybody has been having a lot of fun lately ridiculing not only Roy Moore but also anyone who would vote for Roy Moore. In the process, many have taken advantage of a great chance to show off their exquisitely fine-tuned sense of morality as people who wouldn’t consider voting that degenerate hillbilly now, even though…

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“Fixer Upper” and Term Limits

As much as I hate the idea of lifer politicians holding an office until the day they die, I’ve always been against the idea of term limits, for two simple reasons. First, if I love Joe Incumbent and I want to keep voting for him over and over until he’s had to file a lawsuit…

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We’re About to Send a Crazy Man to the Senate, and I’ve Never Been Prouder to be an Alabamian

Roy Moore won the runoff for the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama. He won after being outspent by his primary opponent, Luther Strange, by a margin of 5 to 1. And he’s probably going to win the general election by about 20 points. (I love the post-runoff speculation by people who haven’t been right…

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The Comic Book Force Field Theory of the Trump Presidency

Comic books take place in a world that’s like our own, but with some key, crucial differences. It’s a world that has science and technology, but it’s different from from the science and technology that we know. For instance, it’s a world where the phrase “radioactive spider” makes perfect sense. Where you can apparently buy…

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The Failure of Obamacare, the Failure of Obamacare Repeal, and the Coming Kid Rock Presidency

The Trump presidency hasn’t really changed much about Washington. What it has done is unmask and throw into sharp relief the sad state of felonious crapitude the place was already in. The people that are going most out of their minds over Trump are the people who most desperately want to keep things going the…

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Fixing Health Insurance in One Blog Post

As the Congressional Republicans continue to treat health insurance law the way a monkey treats a typewriter, one of the stories we keep hearing is how so very hard this process is. Healthcare regulation is hard and heath insurance is complicated and, man, unwinding this Obamacare thing is so difficult that we just don’t know…

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News Commentary from a Guy Who’s Just Barely Paying Attention – Obamacare Repeal Fail

The story of this past week has been the failure of the Republicans in Congress to pass the American Health Care Act, otherwise known as the Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill. Mainstream media outlets varied in their description of the severity of this failure, from “career-ending debacle for Paul Ryan” to “cataclysmic event the earth…

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The Realest Realist

“First thing’s first, I’m the realest.”
— Early 21st century poet and philosopher Iggy Azalea

A while back, I was having a discussion with my spiritual adviser and brother-in-law Jeremy about the similarities between the Christian church and Apple Computers.

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The Dumbest Thing I’ll Do Today – Asking the DeVos Question

Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve always said, “Never get involved in an argument on Facebook.” Actually, what I said when I was a little boy was, “Never drop a frog down the pants of the town crier,” but the principle is the same. So, I feel like this is a mistake before…

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You Have Won Nothing; You Have Lost Nothing

Once upon a time, the Christian church dominated the culture in America. People who really didn’t care one way or the other said they were Christians by default. Our art, literature, and conversations were shot through with Christian references and symbolism. When you spoke of the widow’s mite or the battle of Jericho, you could be…

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