Dem Primary:”Look! A Billionaire vs. a Socialist!”

Democrats in 2019, to beat Trump in 2020: "Biden or Warren?" Biden, according to polls, beats Trump by the largest margin, especially in crucial swing states. Warren, however, is more liberal, intellectual, younger, has excellent grasp of policy and many plans, appeals to women, would be our first female president. . . also competitive with … Continue reading Dem Primary:”Look! A Billionaire vs. a Socialist!”

Robinson Jeffers: “Be Angry at the Sun”

[JFK: Here's a poetic perspective on politics some may call cynical, some may say stoic. Jeffers referred to his philosophical distance from people as "inhumanism." This should not, however, be confused with inhumane-ism. Jeffers built a house of stone in Carmel, CA overlooking the Pacific in the days before Carmel was a haven for wealth … Continue reading Robinson Jeffers: “Be Angry at the Sun”

A Response to Rick Perlstein’s “I Thought I Understood the American Right . . .”

Writing recently in The New York Times Magazine, prominent historian Rick Perlstein attempts to figure out how exactly American conservatism could produce, as if out of nowhere, a candidate and a president of such "intellectual embarrassment" as Donald Trump. What had American historians, particularly those of conservative focus, failed to see since William F. Buckley, Jr. … Continue reading A Response to Rick Perlstein’s “I Thought I Understood the American Right . . .”

Rumple Oxbridge: “Playing the Trump Card”

  By Rumple Oxbridge (imaginary imaginer at The Pacific) House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke Donald Trump "is not conservatism." Thus many Repubs are chumps because they think the Donald is the purest for of all the raving ranters he's the surest. (When it comes to bigotry Trump's a purist.) Trump wins the most conservatively-correct according … Continue reading Rumple Oxbridge: “Playing the Trump Card”

House Speaker Ryan offers no “alternative” except a worse one

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin did some major speaking out yesterday, saying he wants to offer "a complete alternative to the left's agenda." Exactly which "left" agenda he was referring to he didn't say, but his initial remarks on this subject suggest that Ryan's alternative would look pretty much like the political vision of … Continue reading House Speaker Ryan offers no “alternative” except a worse one

Who’s afraid of the GOP?

To coin a phrase, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself and the Republican Party. Or at least those Republicans for whom foreign terrorists and Syrian refugees (and even Muslim-Americans in general) are now the scariest things on earth. That some Democrats are going along even with House legislation to "pause" compassion towards … Continue reading Who’s afraid of the GOP?

Let’s just build a wall around Wisconsin

Since the building of really big walls for the good of the nation is now a popular idea among some Americans, especially Republican presidential candidates and a former Republican presidential candidate,  Wisconsin Republicans now governing the state should consider building a wall around the state's borders. Such a wall would keep the wrong people out and … Continue reading Let’s just build a wall around Wisconsin

“VOT_ for Republicans!”– An Issue Ad for Our Times [Satire]

We at the Wisconsin Institute for Insisting that Issue Ads are Not About Electing Anybody (WIII . . .) have teamed up with the Wisconsin Club for Circumventing Justice and the Wisconsin Supremely Conservative Court to bring you the following nonpartisan advertisement on the issue of campaign finance reform.                                                       VOT_  for Republicans! Narrator: Are … Continue reading “VOT_ for Republicans!”– An Issue Ad for Our Times [Satire]

And the very next day, the House Speaker resigns . . .

Perhaps inspired by a genuinely religious (that is, generally liberal) sermon, House Speaker John Boehner decided the next morning he had nothing more to say politically and told House Republicans and the nation yesterday that he is quitting and leaving Congress. Boehner did not say, however, that he will take a vow of poverty to work among the poor in Calcutta or … Continue reading And the very next day, the House Speaker resigns . . .