And They’re Off!

A snapshot of a crowded campaign, taken right as the gate opens.

Are Rubio and Ryan Serious About Inequality?

David Graham of The Atlantic has a good piece wondering whether we should take seriously the recent murmurs of GOP rebranding emanating from the Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio camps. The basis for the speculation is a Politico scoop in which off-the-record (this is Politico, after all) sources claim both men sincerely want their party to become more demographically…

Jon Stewart and Marco Rubio Do Political TV the Right Way

I haven’t seen much discussion on the intertubes of Jon Stewart’s interview with Marco Rubio last night. I find this somewhat puzzling, if not disappointing. For those that haven’t seen it, I cannot recommend it enough. Unlike most cable TV interviews it is over half an hour long without commercials, and is absolutely riveting.  In many…

Against Intellectual Provincialism

Epistemic Closure Revisited Eons ago in blog-years, Julian Sanchez provoked some indignant responses by suggesting that conservatives are too dependent on a closed, self-referential media ecosystem. Sanchez’s original post elicited a sharp reply from Jonah Goldberg, who argued that for all its faults, the Fox News-talk radio axis is still better than the alternative (the…

Marco Rubio

Here’s Rubio’s acceptance speech after he beat not only Democratic challenger Kendrick Meek, but also the slimy, mercurial Charlie Crist. There’s no two ways about this – Rubio is going to be a force in conservative politics in years to come. I think he’s actually a much more natural and convincing speaker than Obama, while…