A Benchmark … Maybe?

Given the unpredictability of politics, such suggestions might seem somewhat naïve; yet one might legitimately wonder if, on the Republican side of things, you know some abstract limit has been violated when Jennifer Rubin comes out swinging: As I’ve written previously, the far right’s reaction to Sen. Thad Cochran’s defeat of their pet tea party […]

Even More 2016 Silliness

Timothy Noah makes an interesting point: Given the extremism of Paul’s libertarian politics—most famously, he’s quarreled with the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s prohibition against discrimination by privately-owned businesses—one may reasonably suppose that most of the liberal and/or mainstream centrist pundits who tout Paul as a likely or even plausible presidential nominee would never dream of […]

Your (sigh) 2016 GOP Presidential Prognistication, v.1

There is, of course, the idea of epistemic closure, what others might refer to as the Bubble, or the Right Wing Echo Chamber. After all, one might wonder at the idea that presidential-caliber political operatives were shellshocked on election night†. To the other, the effect is easy enough to see, but in truth it really […]

The Rand Paul Show (Picking Up His Balls)

“Perhaps the time has come to examine whether or not governmental recognition of marriage is a good idea, for either party.” ―Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Because, you know, gay marriage is just the last straw. No, seriously. The one and only Rand Paul: The government should not prevent people from making contracts but that does […]