The War On Women Has Just Begun: Ladies, Hide Your Purses

I’m a woman and I’m from Massachusetts. I voted for Romney and Brown. Both lost and supposedly their attitudes towards women had something to do with it. Let me tell you why this woman disagrees: 1) As a woman I take sole, personal responsibility for my body. I do not have sex without birth control. […]

Lies, Damn Lies, and a Blog by Lawrence Downes

In the August 31 New York Times editor Lawrence Downes blogged the following smackdown of Clint Eastwood’s improvisational monologue at the Republican convention the night before. He used Eastwood’s remarks as representative of what he imagines to be a Republican portrait of President Obama: Imaginary Barack was invented in Hawaii, sneaked into the Oval Office, […]

President Obama to Urban League: Education Begins at Home. Just Kidding.

Wednesday—July 25—President Obama spoke before the Urban League’s nation convention, held this year in New Orleans.  If you can believe the multiple insertions of “Applause” that punctuate the text of his remarks as posted on the White House’s website, his comments were well received by his audience. Some of those comments were also well received […]

Mrs. Obama’s Diary: Can a Girl Have Two Best Friends?

Dear Diary, I am so confused. All of a sudden Barack doesn’t like my BFFs. Me on September 21 with my best friends. Me on September 29 trying to target some new friends. I don’t know what to do. I didn’t find any new BFF at that store Barack made me go to. I was […]

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry Explains How Going from Bad to Worse Equals Racism. Sort of.

There is nothing like a good double-take to get the weekend off to a great start. And so it was on Saturday morning as I clicked from Real Clear Politics to “Black President, Double Standard: Why White Liberals Are Abandoning Obama,” an essay appearing in the October 10, 2011 edition of The Nation. The essay […]

Paul Krugman, Jimmy Hoffa, Barack Obama: Paragons of Cultural Decline?

Much ink has been spilled over the last few weeks about Junior (“Take Them Out”) Hoffa’s death threat to those of the Republican persuasion. That it comes as a surprise to anyone that a union goon should talk like a union goon is as baffling to as it is unsurprising that President Obama, with his […]

Standard & Poor’s Recalculates Obama’s Grade Point Average

So Standard & Poor’s has downgraded our bond rating from AAA to AA+. In the language of academics this means that the US’s GPA has dropped from 4.0 to 3.98, still worthy of summa cum laude but no longer the best of the best—and a bitter pill to swallow for the smartest kid in the […]

Most Definitely Not the Father of His Country

Each morning I wake up in the grip of fear, convinced that I’ll open the morning paper and find some new piece of information that will ratchet up my growing alarm that the fate of our nation is in the hands of a dangerous man. Every morning, it seems, the fear and alarm are justified. […]

A President Responds to the Crisis in the Golf

Dear Mr. President: It’s spelled with and “U” not an “O.” G-U-L-F not G-O-L-F. Have you no shame? PS: You might also want to remind your Chief of Flatulence Rahm Emanuel 1) that if he wants to give advice about PR, perhaps he should look first to the 18th hole instead of the Isle of […]

Oh Captain, My Captain…Our Fearful Trip is Just Beginning

While the waves lapping against Louisiana’s shoreline bring with them sticky tar balls, the nation’s airwaves are also thick with the sludge of claims and counterclaims about the president’s response to the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. All that leaking crude has ignited a firestorm of ugly accusations and addled rhetoric. This […]