Hey all, I'm back (sort of; full-time blogging will resume first thing Tuesday morning). Many thanks to Adam Serwer for his excellent guest-blogging in this space. And many thanks to all you readers and commenters for helping to keep the...
A few folks emailed and asked me why Democrats are still going strong in New York, despite faltering elsewhere in the country. Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio's demagoguery over the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero has persuaded New Yorkers the project should be investigated, but it hasn't persuaded them to vote for him against his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo.
Eugene Robinson's column about how the American people are "spoiled" ingrates unable to recognize all that's been done for them is comically ill-timed given today's dismal unemployment report, showing an economy unable to get moving.
I linked to this in my post yesterday about the false narrative of liberal overreach, but Public Policy Polling has tried to determine just how much the "enthusiasm gap" is affecting ten key races. A few examples of what would...
A New York Times poll confirms that anti-Muslim sentiment is playing a significant role in the opposition.
Some links to stuff we didn't get to today.
Liberals didn't overreach, they didn't reach far enough.
This video of Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer's debate intro yesterday is making the rounds on the interwebs.
Massive Democratic losses in the House are past the level of conventional wisdom -- because of the state of the economy, a GOP takeover is almost at the level of foregone conclusion. Today Larry Sabato piles on.
Pro-gay rights Republicans seem to be less of an oxymoron these days.
Don't want to deprive you guys of your happy hour thread.
He has harsh words for the organizer and some of the planned speakers.
The report contradicts the arguments of supporters of Arizona's new immigration law and other border hawks.
In Florida, Democrat Kendrick Meek's Senate campaign is trying to remind voters of Charlie Crist's conservative credentials.
The end of combat operations in Iraq was not the right time to say I told you so.
Adam Serwer of the American Prospect is guest blogging on The Plum Line this week. David Corn asks, "Why is Barack Obama giving a speech on Iraq?" Wars are the most significant stuff of a presidency. There's not enough media...
Adam Serwer of the American Prospect is guest blogging on The Plum Line this week. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), the man likely to be the next speaker of the House, is slated to give a speech on national...
The implications of a new Gallup poll are devastating.
Sam Stein points to a startling number in a recent Newsweek poll showing that 52 percent of Republicans think the statement "Barack Obama sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world," is either "definitely" or "probably" true. It's a mistake to impart too much meaning to a single poll result, but this is still a pretty strange result -- and it may be a manifestation of what Julian Sanchez has termed "symbolic belief," simply saying you believe something as a matter of hyperbolic political expression, not because you really believe it.
The Utah senator comes out in support of the right to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero.
Last week, Democratic insiders told Greg Sargent that the Glenn Beck rally offered "an opportunity to push the line that the GOP is hostage to intolerants and extremists." Whatever your opinion on the crowd estimates of the event, it's not a stretch to say that doesn't seem to have worked out very well.
Brewer suggests that the administration's enforcement effort has fallen short. Actually, the administration deserves credit for stepped up enforcement. It just hasn't been able to do much else.
They've been remarkably quiet about a spate of anti-Muslim incidents.
Attendance was considerably lower than at the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.
All, I'm taking the next week off, but you're going to be in excellent hands: Adam Serwer, who you undoubtedly know from his blog at the American Prospect, will be running this site through next weekend. Please treat him well,...
In their speeches on the Mall yesterday, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin followed a script familiar to students of American history's most storied demagogues: They played on their followers' murky fear that a sinister and Godless other is trying to...