One Conservative Success, And The Counterattack

The perversity of conservative failure is that by rendering government incapable or unwilling of doing anything that serves the common good, conservatives have left fewer people willing to trust that […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Corruption + Incompetence = Conservatism

Check out video of Campaign for America’s Future Co-Director Robert Borosage, kicking off today’s Failure of Conservatism Conference. “…corruption and incompetence aren’t idiosyncratic to conservatives. They are, in some ways, […]
Bill Scher

Kuttner vs. Kristol: It’s Hard Out Here For A Neocon

There was a genteel smackdown between Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect and William Kristol of The Weekly Standard. But beneath the generally gentlemanly exchange between the two intellectual titans, […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Getting Government And The Economy Wrong

When Rick Perlstein, a senior fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future, wanted to offer an example of how conservatives have gotten government wrong, he talked about chickens. These are […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Failure of Conservatism: Getting The World Wrong

Robert L. Borosage launched the Failure of Conservatism conference at the National Press Conference on Thursday with a broad indictment of the conservative movement and with a cautionary note for […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The Gipper Won’t Win This One

This article first appeared in the Chicago Tribune. As Republican contenders for the presidential nomination gather for their first debate Thursday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, […]
Robert Borosage

Failing Conservatives Flail About

Today is the Failure of Conservatism Conference, hosted by Campaign for America’s Future and The American Prospect, which will seek to make the case that “the failures of the Bush […]
Bill Scher

Failing Conservatives Flail About

  Today is the Failure of Conservatism Conference , hosted by Campaign for America’s Future and The American Prospect , which will seek to make the case that “the failures of […]
Bill Scher

Memories of Maria Leavey

Over at the Take Back America 2007 blog, I shared my experience being helped by the extraordinary Maria Leavey, as nominations are being accepted through May 6 for the new […]
Bill Scher

The Conservatives’ Secular Problem: Global Warming

Getting responsible about global warming is another way to speak to the concerns of secular voters (not to mention the religious voters who make up the Creation Care movement). And […]
Bill Scher

The Conservatives’ Secular Problem: Lovin’ Low Wages

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol (part of Thursday’s Big Con Face-Off, RSVP now!) today published online this from Irwin Stelzer, warning fellow conservatives of horrible developments ahead: …part of the […]
Bill Scher

The Conservatives’ Secular Problem: Rudy’s Got It

Theoretically, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the sort of candidate that can help conservatives address their secular problem. With his record supporting reproductive freedom and equality for […]
Bill Scher

Betrayal Accomplished

Jonathan Powers remembers well President Bush’s infamous speech four years ago today in front of the “Mission Accomplished” banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln. At the time, Powers was a […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Betrayal Accomplished

Jonathan Powers remembers well President Bush’s infamous speech four years ago today in front of the “Mission Accomplished” banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln. At the time, Powers was a captain […]
Isaiah J. Poole

How Free Choice Act Aids Workers

More than 3.5 million people will receive health insurance and 2.7 million people will receive pension benefits if Congress passes the Employee Free Choice Act, according to a report released […]
Isaiah J. Poole

How Free Choice Act Helps Workers

More than 3.5 million people will receive health insurance and 2.7 million people will receive pension benefits if Congress passes the Employee Free Choice Act, according to a report released […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Weekend Watchdog:Rice, McCain Spin

We were hoping to hear some tough questions asked of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain on the Sunday talk shows. For Rice (CBS’ […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Rice, McCain Spin

We were hoping to hear some tough questions asked of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain on the Sunday talk shows. For Rice (CBS’ […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog: Rice, McCain Spin

We were hoping to hear some tough questions asked of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain on the Sunday talk shows. For Rice (CBS’ […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Rice, McCain Spin

We were hoping to hear some tough questions asked of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain on the Sunday talk shows. For Rice (CBS’ […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

Did the Sunday talk show hosts pose our Weekend Watchdog questions? Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice pre-empted ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Without being asked, she delivered her talking point to justify […]
Bill Scher

What Global Warming Split?

The New York Times analyzes its own environmental poll, and concludes, “Public Remains Split on Response to Warming.” But on the poll questions (PDF file) that relate to actual proposals […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

Public NOT Split On Response To Global Warming

The New York Times analyzes its own environmental poll, and concludes, “Public Remains Split on Response to Warming.” But on the poll questions (PDF file) that relate to actual proposals […]
Bill Scher

Blogger Reaction to the Dem Debate

The most entertaining liveblog goes to Minnesota Monitor by a mile. D-Day laments: “the country suffers when the questions and the format are seemingly the opposite of what would generate […]
Bill Scher

Anyone Care About Global Warming?

Surprisingly little questioning in the presidential debate about what needs to be done to combat global warming, though both former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Joe Biden were able to […]
Bill Scher

Your Liberal Media

For the health care portion of the presidential debate, moderator Brian Williams did not ask any candidate what they would do to provide universal health insurance. He only asked either […]
Bill Scher

Gravel: Make the War a Felony

The presidential debate led with Iraq, with much of the discussion tracking what we already heard at the MoveOn.org Town Hall. Except for former Sen. Mike Gravel, who proposed legislation […]
Bill Scher

Presidential Debate LiveBlog

Starting a hour from now (7 PM ET), we’ll be liveblogging tonight’s Democratic presidential debate, airing on MSNBC. We’ll be keeping our eye on the actual substance — in particular, […]
Bill Scher

The Big Con Face-Off At The National Press Club

Watch conservative leader William Kristol of The Weekly Standard and Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect debate whether “conservatives can be trusted to govern” during a May 3 luncheon at […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Is “Poverty” The Problem?

Following yesterday’s poverty-related posts from Isaiah and me, about how we can avoiding the conservative “us vs. them” frame, Shawn Fremstad from Inclusionist left a provocative comment: …we need to […]
Bill Scher

Help The Poor, Help The Middle Class

Isaiah just hit upon something important when, in discussing the new anti-poverty program from Center for American Progress, he wrote: Conservatives succeeded in taking the nation’s eye off the ball […]
Bill Scher

Make Poverty A Priority

In little more than a decade after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” President Ronald Reagan led the nation in the equivalent of a helicopter evacuation from the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Equal Employment Agency Set Up To Drown

Celebrities spewing racist drivel get the headlines and the outrage, but largely out of the public eye the Bush administration has been doing something far more damaging to victims of […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Americans Want a Cap (And More)

Today, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman tries to press the presidential candidates to engage in a serious debate over energy policy, giving a shout out to the new GreenPrimary.org […]
Bill Scher

Make Poverty A Priority

In little more than a decade after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” President Ronald Reagan led the nation in the equivalent of a helicopter evacuation from the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

EEOC Set Up To Drown

Celebrities spewing racist drivel get the headlines and the outrage, but largely out of the public eye the Bush administration has been doing something far more damaging to victims of […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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