Reflexive bothsiderism

In case you’ve been out of the loop for the past couple of weeks, the city of Flint, Michigan, was poisoning its citizens via their water supply from April 2014 through December. This catastrophic failure occurred because of a short-sighted austerity measure put in place by Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder and the emergency manager… Continue reading Reflexive bothsiderism

Ron Fournier is…The Least Self-Aware Man in the World

Ron Fournier wrote A Thing, wherein he declares the Obama Presidency over a scant three years early on account of how Obama is exactly like Bush, because Both Sides. If that’s his thesis, then it could have been very interesting and important if this influential DC opinion-maker had expounded on it in substantive, relevant areas,… Continue reading Ron Fournier is…The Least Self-Aware Man in the World

Spot the difference between the Republican and the reporter

Republican nihilist House member, a couple of days ago: “We’re not going to be disrespected,” conservative Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., [told the Washington Examiner]. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” Influential DC journalist/pundit, in February (via, well, me, if you must know): 2. Which side’s approach… Continue reading Spot the difference between the Republican and the reporter

Positing the “underpants gnomes theory of punditry” (UPDATED)

Way back in 2006, Matt Yglesias formulated the “Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics” (can’t find his original, but go here instead), which he applied to a number of pundits who seemed to believe that the only thing preventing Iraq from being a smashing success was a lack of will on America’s part. Named after the… Continue reading Positing the “underpants gnomes theory of punditry” (UPDATED)