Thanks, Tom Friedman

I have to preface this post with some caveats about Tom Friedman, since I’m about to commend him.   Friedman is a blowhard who has been wrong about a lot of things, most notably in his support for G.W. Bush’s ...

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Republican Craziness, Redux

In one of my many posts on the craziness of the contemporary Republican Party I recently observed that …various polls of Republican voters since Obama entered the White House have shown that considerably more than 25% believed 1) that Obama ...

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The system… (1) is (2) isn’t…rigged.

Some time ago I described two competing tendencies in the Democratic Party: a populist tendency, most vocally represented by Elizabeth Warren (and now, by outsider Bernie Sanders) and a centrist tendency, probably best exemplified by Bill Clinton.   Populists are appalled ...

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Trump and the Art of Demagoguery

One thing you have to say about Donald Trump: he is a brilliant demagogue,* perhaps the most effective demagogue, on a national level, we have ever seen in this country. I’ve been scratching my head, and haven’t been able to ...

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Fallacies of False Equivalence

I’ve written before of the tendency of our mainstream media to engage in false equivalence—the compulsion to demonstrate impartiality and objectivity by saying “both sides are to blame,” when, demonstrably, the blame really lies far more on one side than ...

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Talking About Abortion

Katha Pollitt begins her op-ed. column today with an excellent question: “Why does the pro-choice movement so often find itself in a defensive crouch?” She is reacting to the apology issued by the president of Planned Parenthood for the PP ...

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Trump

It is by now incontestable that that Donald Trump is the clear popular front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, with polls showing him preferred by around 25% of Republican voters.   In a very crowded field, 25% pretty much guarantees him ...

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“Occupation” as Euphemism

In an unusual NY Times op-ed, Palestinian activist Nasser Nawaja describes the ordeal of his West Bank village, Susiya, under threat of Israeli demolition.   The homes of some 340 Palestinians are slated to be destroyed on the grounds that they ...

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The Iran Deal

Yesterday’s front-page headlines in New York’s two leading newspapers provided an interesting contrast. The NY Times, in one of its rare full-banner headlines, proclaimed WORLD LEADERS STRIKE AGREEMENT WITH IRAN TO CURB NUCLEAR ABILITY AND LIFT SANCTIONS. The World Street ...

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Bernie!

Wow! Bernie Sanders is nippin’ at Hillary Clinton’s heals in Iowa and New Hampshire. The latest polls show Bernie just 8 to 12 points behind Hillary among New Hampshire Democrats; in Iowa, one-third of likely Democratic caucus-goers say they prefer ...

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