Archive for September 2012

Sore Losers

Although we all know you can’t spell Politico without POO, the story about Paul Ryan referring to Romney as “Stench” and Boston calling Ryan “Gilligan” certainly has the benefit of plausibility; after all, even children understand that there’s no honor among thieves, and certainly no loyalty.  Like Palin before him, Ryan was hurriedly trotted out [...]

Sore Winners

Back in the dark days of 2004, John Powers wrote an excellent book about the curious psychology of the American right called “Sore Winners.” His argument, in a nutshell, was that Republicans today are simply never happy.  No matter whether they have billions of dollars, control of the government, or, at worst, a cushy wingnut [...]

A Very Bad Day

The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was getting ready to go work on my Mom’s condo; she was about to sell it, and although it had quite recently been redecorated top to bottom, I had a lot of spit-polishing to do, even after laboring over it the previous weekend.  Oddly for that hour, I [...]

Phoning It In

As the campaign season enters its final phase, I’m struck by the curious languor of the Republican campaign; they’ve stopped advertising in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and Mitt spent his bounce-free post-convention week on a boat.  Of course, this could be a case of children being too quiet, but it’s increasingly apparent that for whatever reason, [...]

Happy Labor Day?

In Sunday’s Oregonian, right-wing affirmative action hire Elizabeth Hovde celebrated Labor Day a day early by calling for Oregon to become a “Right to Work” state.  Seriously.  Like other righty martinets polluting op/ed pages from coast to coast, her arguments weren’t just based on shaky facts, they were the exact opposite of the truth.  Quoting [...]