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The Outsider Elite

Interesting article about the “grassroots” nature of Obama’s Organizing for America: [Organizing for America] also holds online strategy sessions, offering supporters the chance to “join the discussion,” “interact,” and “ask questions.” But amid the rhetoric of “yes we can”, the “we” in control of O.F.A., according to reports, is a very small, select group. A…

The Alito Brouhaha

I’m fairly annoyed by the brouhaha that has erupted over President Obama’s deeply inaccurate attack on the Citizens United decision.  One of the weird aspects of my annoyance, though, is that I find myself in deep disagreement with one of my favorite libertarian legal minds, Randy Barnett, and one of my favorite liberal legal minds,…

Personal Politics

Since the wattage of Palin-mania is currently at full blast, causing rolling blog brown outs, I think it’s worth stepping back for a second and discussing what is and isn’t valuable information when studying a politician’s personal life/biography. So here’s my running theory on politicians.  And here I’m thinking high-level ones.  e.g. Someone willing to…

The Evolution of Blogging: An Interview with Charles Johnson

Few bloggers have had quite as controversial a career as Little Green Football’s Charles Johnson.  Johnson began blogging in earnest back in 2001 after the attacks on the twin towers, and continues putting out content at a furious pace nearly a decade later. He is perhaps best known for playing a key role in the resignation…

Nothing’s ever certain except race and taxes.

Andrew Sullivan has this map posted at the Dish today, which he found via Open Left.  What I take from Open Left’s analysis is that by and large white men are not all that progressive.  Why this should be “discouraging” to Sullivan is beyond me, unless we’re conflating a lack of progressiveness with out and out…

A few meandering thoughts on racial anxiety and Obama’s right-wing opposition

As I’m sure most of you have noticed by now, I write (and think!) a fair amount about racial politics.  Indeed, it goes beyond my blogging – a good chunk of my undergraduate education focused on the intersection of race and politics, and my senior thesis expanded on some ideas I have regarding the nexus…

The Talking Heads will Feed Themselves

Kyle asks: What motivates the Limbaughs and the Hannities and the Malkins to take up the standard of hyper-partisan contrarian now?  Surely one would say to provide a voice of balance against the rampant liberalism that is sure to gush forth from DC now that the Democrats are in charge. But even this fails in…