Time to reset the “Days since a Republican said something offensive about rape” counter

They’ll figure out how to stop stepping on those rakes someday! Ah, Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina senator who says he’s thinking about running for president no doubt thought he was helping the GOP get beyond its meltdown over its 20-week abortion ban bill, which leadership dropped unexpectedly when some GOP congresswomen balked, by asking… Continue reading Time to reset the “Days since a Republican said something offensive about rape” counter

Bibi Netanyahu for RNC Chair, let’s get this campaign started

As diplomatic gobsmackers go, I actually think that John Boehner’s decision to invite Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without so much as a head’s up to the White House or the Democrats on the Hill is actually less outrageous than Lindsey Graham’s declaration a few weeks ago that he and “Congress” would “follow [Netanyahu’s] lead”… Continue reading Bibi Netanyahu for RNC Chair, let’s get this campaign started

New piece at Medium about our constantly terrified Congress

The Secret Service hearings last week — not the fact that they were held, but the terrified tone of the questioning — got me thinking about how members of Congress seem to spend a lot more time shouting about how scared they are of stuff than they do actually trying to address the things that… Continue reading New piece at Medium about our constantly terrified Congress

Statler and Waldorf convinced Obama doing the wrong thing again, somehow

I have to give Peter Beinart some credit here, because his dissection of Sunday’s New York Times foreign policy op-ed by John McCain and Lindsey Graham is pretty much right on the money: I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like… Continue reading Statler and Waldorf convinced Obama doing the wrong thing again, somehow

The Lindsey Graham foreign policy playbook, at LobeLog

In case you missed it, and chances are you did, Sunday’s “Meet the Press” finally established once and for all that Senator Lindsey Graham (What? Lindsey Graham on a Sunday morning TV show? How unusual!) is perhaps the keenest foreign policy mind this country has ever produced: However, when Senator Graham shared his critical thoughts… Continue reading The Lindsey Graham foreign policy playbook, at LobeLog

This is what happens when you try to fight two civil wars at once

Things are not going too well for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria: The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) threatened to leave the city of Aleppo to government forces unless its rivals stop their attacks against it within 24 hours. Isis has suffered losses in two days of… Continue reading This is what happens when you try to fight two civil wars at once

iran so far away

Oliver Willis observes that, now that it serves Republican purposes to make the Benghazi/IRS/AP/whatever scandals (“scandals”?) sound really bad, suddenly they’ve decided that Richard Nixon is History’s Greatest Monster, or at least he was until Obama came along: Because up until recently, the right had Nixon as the good guy. The original sin of the… Continue reading iran so far away