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“I’m not a witch”

Well, “I’m not a witch” is not what you expect to hear coming out of a candidate’s mouth. But what’s even more disturbing is Christine O’Donnell saying “I’m you”. That really creeps me out.

The CYA Europe terror alert

The State Department issued a travel alert on the weekend to Americans visiting Europe, warning of a possible terrorist attack. But what’s the point of it? I’m not saying an attack won’t happen. But what use is a vague warning? Europe is a huge territory – can they be a little more specific? The State […]

The Democratic Party “base”

So what’s happening with the Democratic Party’s base in the run-up to the November midterm elections? Not much it seems. The Wall Street Journal today reports on how union leaders are trying to drum up support for Democratic Party candidates, and are not having much luck. It quotes Debbie Olander of the United Food and Commercial […]

Paladino and the upstate-downstate New York divide

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For many denizens of New York City, Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor, is beyond the pale. He does appear to be a nasty piece of work. The real estate developer has a seedy reputation among some for distributing racist and pornographic emails. His policy proposals include housing welfare recipients in former prisons and giving them lessons in hygiene. […]

Obama on Dylan at the White House

In his interview in the current issue of Rolling Stone, President Obama speaks about Bob Dylan’s performance at the White House in February of this year (video above): Here’s what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you’d expect he would be. He wouldn’t come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set […]

Republicans’ “Pledge to America”: lacking credibility, full of intensity

Last week House Republicans announced their “Pledge to America”, which promises to restrain government spending. But the fact is, despite all their puffed up rhetoric, Republicans lack credibility when it comes to deficit reduction. Two useful articles published today make this point. First, Jacob Sullum in Reason argues that Republicans’ vows to restore more balance to the government accounts “ring hollow”. The […]

In the Tea Party debate, who’s really acting crazy?

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Liberal activists’ dismissal of the Tea Party as “insane” only shows how cut-off they are from the American masses. Read my spiked article in full here.

Liberals are blind to what drives the Tea Party

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Calling the Tea Party “crazy” is just liberals’ way of saying they are aloof and clueless Over the past week, US politics has been dominated by talk of the Tea Party. Its favored candidates won upsets over more moderate Republicans in some primary elections last week: most notably, for the Senate in Delaware and for […]

The Koran controversy: what was that all about?

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It was the profound jitteriness of Western society that allowed one cranky pastor from Florida with 50 followers to hold the whole world to ransom. Read my spiked article in full here.

The other guy is worse: neither Democrats nor Republicans offer a positive vision

John Harwood reports in today’s New York Times that the Democrats’ strategy going into the November mid-terms is likely to be a “Jujitsu Campaign”. Harwood writes that the Democrats will emphasize less what they could realistically expect to pass through congress, and emphasize more how the Republicans are reject any Democrat proposals for narrow party-political reasons.  He […]

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