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Trump and America’s “Hate Thine Enemies” Moment

This piece will run as an op/ed in my very red congressional district, VA-06. **************** This moment has been coming on for some time, as a...

Liberal America’s Great Sin

This piece has run as an op/ed in newspapers in my very conservative congressional District (VA-06). ************************ On the phone the other day, my brother said...

Enmity in America, Echoes of the Civil War Era

This piece is appearing in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06). ********************* The other day, I saw some poll results that disturbed but did not...

Trump Voters: Should We Write Them Off or Try to Bring...

(This is the second installment of a discussion begun here.) The first installment of this two-part article argued that the election of Donald Trump demonstrates...

The Liberals’ Share of the Blame

This piece is appearing in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06), headed by the preface that "This piece is appearing on various liberal...

I’ll Be Discussing “American Politics 2016” This Wednesday Evening in Harrisonburg

This is a revised edition, going beyond the information in the flyer to flesh things out a bit. I'll be talking with people about "American...

How the GOP’s Spirit of Strife Has Damaged the Nation

Appearing in newspapers in the conservative VA-06 Why have our politics become so dysfunctional? The answer is really not so hard to find. Our founders knew...

The Great Conservative Narrative Lie Continues in Earnest Post Obama Re-election

After President Obama's re-election victory on Tuesday, the great lies that composed the radical conservative narrative came to a head and vividly revealed an 'island of reality' inhabited by these individuals relative to the rest of the country. One radical conservative standard-bearer, Karl Rove, gave 19 reasons why the GOP lost the 2012 Election so badly. But for those of us living on planet Real World, the election results were a predictable consequence of extreme Republican Party policies that played to "angry white men" while leaving aside a broad spectrum of disparate voting groups.

Still, even after the dust had settled on the presidential election and President Obama had won a second term, the great conservative narrative lie appeared to only grow stronger. Or at the very least, there didn't appear to be any public signs of soul-searching on the part of the radical right's most public voices. Sarah Palin opined, "I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans believe that incurring more debt is good for the economy, for our children's future, for job creators. I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans believe that it's OK to ignore the constitution and not have a budget."

In other words, Palin cannot believe that the Republican Party platform is to blame for President Obama's re-election. There MUST be some other reason for Mitt Romney's relatively decisive loss. And indeed, the basic message that came out of Karl Rove's justification of Romney's loss was not that the Republican Party platform was flawed, but that the policy platform for the GOP had not been marketed well to minority and women voters. No one can really be for big government and 'socialism' can they??

New GPS ad leaves out crucial fact: U.S. debt largely a...

As a new political ad entitled "Basketball" begins airing today in Virginia by conservative "issue-advocacy" group Crossroads GPS, the outside group began spinning its negative web of misinformation throughout Virginia about President Obama and his record.  

Never one to shy away from fiction in order to achieve his political goals, Karl Rove's new Crossroads GPS television ad shows a mother who noticeably ages stating that she voted for Obama in 2008 but "Now Obama wants more spending and taxes. That won't fix things."

The ad goes on to urge viewers to "tell President Obama to cut the job-killing debt," a debt which is largely the legacy of the last Bush administration under which Rove served. In fact, during Bush II's tenure as president, the debt was increased by $6.4 trillion, an increase in the debt that President Obama has not come close to.

But to Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS, facts are mere play things that can be molded to turn public opinion this way or that, not concrete figures that dig deeper towards the truth.  

For the Karl Rove's of the world, their primary motivation is leaving a trail, a legacy, of "genius" behind for the world to remember hundreds of years into the future. Rove wants immediate political victories now because he wants to further his own image as the genius that the Republican Party cannot live without and the individual who changed the course of American politics. The consequences and collateral damage be damned.  

A Watergate Re-Run

Somewhere, Richard Nixon is smiling.  As the New York Times pointed out the other day, his favorite campaign technique - using massive amounts of money from secret, self-interested corporate donors to buy dirty tricks and dishonest campaign ads - is back, just in time for the November 2nd election.

Public revulsion against the scandals of Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign helped usher in a wave of campaign finance reform in the 70s.  But just as Republicans worked hard to make Americans forget the lessons of Vietnam, so they are now working to ensure that we forget the lessons of Watergate.  We just need to forget how we've been hoodwinked in the past in order to be fooled over and over again.

Needless to say, the same characters who learned the art of dirty tricks in 1972 are still applying them today.  That includes our favorite Jew-counter and dog-barbecuer, Fred Malek, who is applying his expertise as a member of Nixon's campaign team to his new venture, the American Action Network, which is laundering some $25 million in secret campaign contributions in order to buy key Congressional seats - including in the 11th District where I live.