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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian
I often wonder what will be the defining moment for those on the right. What will it take to get them to accept people as they are?
March 21st, 2014
thesmithian
Paul Ryan’s claim to have made a mistake will be granted because he is white and male. The errors of prominent (as well as rank and file) African-Americans for example, are never excused away or viewed as aberrations or outliers. No. When black folks are ‘inarticulate’ or ‘misspeak’ the white racial frame deems such moments as indications of incompetence, or proof that people of color are somehow ‘not qualified’ or as ‘intelligent’ as white people. The white gaze does not view black Americans as individuals. When a black person makes a mistake it becomes the focus of a ‘national conversation’ about the black community, one in which ‘black leaders’ are forced to publicly explain and condemn the actions of other black people. There is not an equivalent ritual for white people. White conservatives and the white community will not be forced to condemn Paul Ryan.
March 19th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the RNC’s “Black Trailblazers” event at the Howard Theatre in DC was packed with black conservatives. But that will only get Republicans so far…'

They say they want black votes, but they are still trying to make it difficult for blacks to vote (see Ohio and … Wisconsin). They know their electoral salvation rests in the hands of Latino voters. They know that comprehensive immigration reform will secure it. But they continue to block any action on comprehensive immigration reform…

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March 12th, 2014
thesmithian

Erika Harold doesn’t fit neatly into the taxonomy of today’s Republican factions: She is not a middle-of-the-road Republican. Nor is she a neocon, a Tea Partier or a strict libertarian cribbing Ayn Rand quotes. She calls herself a constitutional conservative. She is anti-abortion rights, pro-gun, believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. She does not support marijuana legalization. She wants to repeal Obamacare. She also is against the death penalty…

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February 9th, 2014
thesmithian

'After the 2012 elections, when Repubs…spent more than $1 billion…failing to unseat Pres. Obama and win back the Senate, they concluded that they had fallen dangerously behind Democrats in…technology. Now, with midterm elections just nine months away, the right is investing tens of millions of dollars to match the interactive platforms, grass-roots databases and sophisticated data analytics that allowed Democrats to identify voters, reach them with precision and persuade them to vote.'

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January 16th, 2014
thesmithian

…the rich have consistently voted more often than the poor for the past four decades, and that voters are substantially more conservative in their economic views than nonvoters. They find that women are now more likely to vote than men, that the gap in voting rates between blacks and whites has largely disappeared, and that older Americans continue to vote more than younger Americans.

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…the rich have consistently voted more often than the poor for the past four decades, and that voters are substantially more conservative in their economic views than nonvoters. They find that women are now more likely to vote than men, that the gap in voting rates between blacks and whites has largely disappeared, and that older Americans continue to vote more than younger Americans.

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December 24th, 2013
thesmithian

For decades now a Wonder Woman movie has been chattered about, longed for, plotted, scuttled…At this point it’s not so much an unrealized project as an ongoing taunt…proof that the more things change, the more they remain the same, at least in Hollywood, whose superficially progressive politics mask overwhelmingly conservative business instincts.

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art: by Mark Boomershine

December 1st, 2013
thesmithian

Maybe Americans want public policy to reflect their moral judgments as much as ever, but they no longer regard smoking marijuana or casino gambling…as morally suspect…

At the same time, maybe jurisdictions are implementing tough new laws in other areas—mandates to recycle, laws against dog-fighting, marital-rape statutes, trans-fat bans—because people still favor codifying their moral beliefs into law. Citizens don’t harbor suspicion toward moralism so much as toward parts of traditional morality.

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October 31st, 2013
thesmithian

'Senate Republicans are blocking wholesale the confirmation of any new judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The reason is simple…'

The D.C. Circuit tilts conservative right now and so long as the empty seats on the bench remain empty, that conservative tilt remains. Republicans—and the anti-regulation crowd they represent—are particularly concerned about the D.C. Circuit because it has jurisdiction over many of the rules and regulations that the federal government writes. That makes it the front line in the battle between regulators and the regulated, between consumers and business, and between the liberal and conservative legal establishments over the scope and power of the administrative agencies who implement the laws Congress passes.

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October 29th, 2013
thesmithian
The Republicans are no longer a political party. They are a gang, a coalition of ideological gangs.
David Stockman, President Reagan’s director of Office of Management and Budget
October 15th, 2013
thesmithian

…many conservative Catholics are doing what only recently seemed unthinkable: They are openly questioning the pope.

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October 9th, 2013
thesmithian

…reactionary conservatives are more likely to subscribe to conspiracy theories as a means of explaining the perceived erosion of their dominance.

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…reactionary conservatives are more likely to subscribe to conspiracy theories as a means of explaining the perceived erosion of their dominance.

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