Good Thing You Don’t Watch Fox News

Or mebbe you do. Regardless, if you’re reading this, it’s not likely that you would have voted differently. And via US News & World Report, this: Media coverage of President Barack Obama was largely positive in the final week of the presidential campaign, while coverage of Mitt Romney was mostly negative, according to a new…

Reinventing the Safety Net

On last night’s GOP LeagueCast, I alluded to Republicans’ catch-22:  Their core conservative message is community-centric, but community-centric policies are impracticable at the federal level.  Instead, our GOP leaders in Washington focus on shuttering clumsy and unprincipled federal programs and policies–a righteous agenda–but are unable to roll out state and local programs and policies fill…

Liberalism: A Post-Mortem

I lost half of yesterday afternoon obsessing over early election returns, the evening hours brooding about the GOP defeat, and much of this morning so far catching up on post-mortems.  I’m providing my own (perhaps overly) bleak outlook here with the proviso that I intend to spend the rest of the day—and my life—trying to…

From the eyes of a casual voter

A Facebook conversation this afternoon with a friend who is, at best, a casual voter, put things into high relief for me: Friend: so whos it going to be for you Me: I was not going to vote Obama anyway, and I’ve always liked Romney, and he’s looked better and better throughout the campaign. Friend:…

This election day, consider not voting

This election day, Ilya Somin reminds us why many people really should stay home, and why the rest of us should consider not voting on down-ticket races and issues unless we know what we’re doing: As political philosopher Jason Brennan argues, voters have a moral duty to be at least reasonably well-informed about the issues…

Mitt Loses Debate, Wins Again

By all accounts from the blabosphere [CNN, Fox, MSNBC, the bloggies]–what y’d call a consensus because they all used the same words–Mitt Romney “passed the Commander-in-Chief test tonight.” Google: “passed commander-in-chief test”  Beaucoup hits.  If David Gergen says it, it must be true. President Obama captured the Miss Uncongeniality nod, and won yet another debate.…