Limbaugh’s Popularity Dives, Hurts GOP

As reported previously, Democratic partisans James Carville and Paul Begala launched an attempt to anoint Rush Limbaugh the head of the GOP in the mind of the American public. This was possible because no one really knows who speaks for the GOP these days, as a poll, from Pew, (here) shows. The top contender isContinue reading “Limbaugh’s Popularity Dives, Hurts GOP”

Limbaugh: The False Prophet

Talked yesterday with an old friend who called, drunk, asking for help. David Yachimowicz once was Rush Limbaugh's biggest fan. Asked him if he still listened to the man. He said no — but that's because he no longer has a radio. He's living on disability, at a Salvation Army. A small detail, but itContinue reading “Limbaugh: The False Prophet”

Monsters in the Wilderness: the GOP Regroups

Paul Krugman is not just a Nobel Prize-winning economist. He's also a writer with real power and economy — one of the best columnists in the country. Here's an example, from a Wednesday post: ….for the past 14 years America‚Äôs political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters. Monsters like Tom DeLay, who suggestedContinue reading “Monsters in the Wilderness: the GOP Regroups”

The One-Stop Guide to Republican Politics

An anecdote from the campaign trail: A Republican financial expert recalls attending a dinner with McCain for the purpose of discussing with him domestic and international financial complexities that clearly did not fascinate the senator. As the dinner ended, McCain's question for his briefer was: "So, who is the villain?" from George Will's column todayContinue reading “The One-Stop Guide to Republican Politics”

The GOP and the Oil Industry: Afraid of Barack

It’s pitiful but unsurprising that the GOP has become the party of "drill, baby, drill." As someone wise (I forget who) said somewhere on the Internet, it’s almost as troubling as that time long ago in the 60’s, when the Left became the party of "burn, baby, burn." (I’d like to think both the RightContinue reading “The GOP and the Oil Industry: Afraid of Barack”

McCain Speaks, Nation Yawns

Well, maybe I’m a little biased. But that’s how it seemed to me. Charles Lane, on the Wa-Po’s Post-Partisan blog, called it (here) "a snoozer…easily the worst of this year’s four presidential and vice presidential nomination acceptance speeches." Another viewer counted at least nine on-air yawns from Republican delegates in the hall. Notable facts: MentionsContinue reading “McCain Speaks, Nation Yawns”

Gustav and the GOP: Let’s Dance!

A plot from the National Hurricane Center (below)…Gustav could arrive in New Orleans just in time to compete with the Republican National Convention. As a Category 3 hurricane. One presumes that the city and the Republican leadership will be better prepared this time, but the news is still not good for a White House linkedContinue reading “Gustav and the GOP: Let’s Dance!”

Republicans Have Lost Their Minds, part 97

A couple of years ago, the hugely famous and widely admired analyst Charles Barkley lowered the boom on the GOP, declaring — on a golf course, no less — "I used to be a Republican, until they lost their minds." Little has gone right for the Grand Old Party in the last couple of years,Continue reading “Republicans Have Lost Their Minds, part 97”