The Alpha-Alpha Male Strategy

Of all the tactics available to the Republican party to overcome the 12-point gender gap,* this would be… one of them. UPDATE: A tweet from Ross Douthat suggests that it was supposed to be a joke, or at least retconned that way. NRO took the article down. (Good move.) * A Fox News poll published August 9, 2012…

Rules are rules

Well, here’s a horrific story. After defying a school district to send her kids to a better school, a single mother faces jail time for “defrauding” the county (via): ”The state would not move, would not budge, and offer Ms. Williams-Bolar to plead to a misdemeanor,” the judge said in an interview Wednesday. ”Of course,…

Actually, I’d like to know how D’Souza thinks

I realize that political publications lob softball questions at ideological fellow-travelers all the time, but National Review’s “interview” with Dinesh D’Souza about his bizarre Forbes cover story is truly embarrassing. First, he gets basic facts wrong: But conventional liberals don’t come out for the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Conventional liberals don’t return the bust…

Reading comprehension was never his strong suit

The Weekly Standard puts out some great long-form journalism, but goddamn is their blog spectacularly annoying sometimes. Here’s Daniel Halper, criticizing The Washington Post for hiring David Weigel to cover the conservative movement: If Weigel really wants to understand the bigots and violent extremists that comprise the conservative movement and the Republican party, he might…

Our debased political discourse

The annoying tendency of opposition parties to pick really dumb nits is exacerbated by the fact that they did the exact same shit when they were in power. Witness Marc Thiessen, whose concern for public decorum was notably absent when Cheney was dropping f-bombs left and right.

Spat of the Day

Obama: “When times are tough, you tighten your belts…You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.” Harry Reid: ” . . . the President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money.”

Party like it’s 2004

Victor Davis Hanson won’t give up the fight: The president apparently does not realize that in Iraq too there was a coalition, that the Iraq War was approved by both houses of Congress on 23 grounds (only two dealing with WMD), and that more and more evidence is emerging concerning the terrorist ties between Saddam…

Pertinent Facts

Jules Crittenden sneers at Ambassador Eikenberry’s recommendation not to deploy troops to Central Asia, noting “that Eikenberry commands no troops in Afghanistan.” Well, bashing the diplomatic corps is de rigueur among the more vulgar denizens of the rightwing blogosphere, but it’s worth remembering that Eikenberry served two tours in Afghanistan and just resigned his commission…

Editorial oversight, anyone?

The Guardian continues to burnish its remarkable record of publishing unabashed apologists for communism. This latest offering isn’t quite as good as Zsuzsanna Clark’s classic “Goulash and Solidarity,” but if you’re looking for awful writing married to a completely moronic premise, you could do a lot worse. David Harsanyi’s column on the fall of the…

Turn It Down

It’s not Obama’s fault that the Nobel Committee decided to award him the 2009 Peace Prize. Really, it’s not. In fact, I almost feel bad for Obama – he probably doesn’t deserve the resentment that this announcement will inevitably provoke. Unless the Administration actively lobbied for recognition – something I find implausible, if only because…

Mistakes were made

Last night, I linked to this chart from Positive Liberty comparing federal spending to educational achievement. As Freddie points out in comments, this is not an accurate representation of what we spend on education – a quick search of the Department of Education’s website reveals that the federal government only contributes about 8.3 percent of…

Seriously?

Paul Bettany’s best role to date was as a 19th century naturalist. Now he’s playing Charles Darwin in Creation, which can’t find a US distributor because – wait for it – the Theory of Evolution is still too controversial for American audiences. I mean, seriously?

Birthers vs. Truthers

Jonah Goldberg lands some solid blows against the Left’s knee-jerk defense of Van Jones here, but contrasting the travails of our dearly-departed green jobs czar with the conservative establishment’s response to the “Birther” movement is not a flattering comparison. Goldberg’s own magazine published this error-filled, birther-inspired screed that cites, among other things, the guy who…

Crickets

National Review’s response to former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s allegation that Bush pressured him to raise the terror alert status on the eve of the 2004 election is this stirring post from Kathryn Jean Lopez: But how can someone whose title is director of homeland security not resign if he believes the security of…

David Rothkopf,

author of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making, has decided that Americans are uncommonly stupid. On a totally unrelated note, I look forward to reading his thoughts on class and cultural resentment in the modern United States.