Full-time husband and homeschooling dad. Political junkie when time allows. Ardent Reagan conservative. Constitutionalist. Believer in American exceptionalism. Fan of Madisonian democracy. Evangelist for limited government. Hopeful American. Christ follower.


    Ron Fournier hopes for a left-right populist fusion. Can he have it?

    My friend*, Ron Fournier, longs for a new wave of populism and finds in me a sympathizer, if not yet an ally. The Establishment won Tues night and will win again, but barring big change, the future belongs to the Populists: — Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) June 25, 2014   @ron_fournier Just as long as you remember: @EWErickson and I re not going to get | Read More »

    (Still) Another False Equivalency Embarrassment

    (Still) Another False Equivalency Embarrassment

    Enter the Mental Midget How do people like Sally Kohn get a platform? She’s a ventriloquist’s dummy mouthing words she probably doesn’t understand. Like today: How can same people who believe Hamas violence justifies Israeli violence then disagree that Israeli violence justifies Hamas violence? — Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 22, 2014   It’s simple, really, Sally @sallykohn @guypbenson Because if Hamas leaves Israel alone, Hamas | Read More »

    How can a politician suck? Let us count the ways…

    People are all atwitter today over still another discussion of partisan suckery I think the situation calls for a timeout, amidst charges of false equivalence, etc., and ponder what this means. In other words, can we start separating the oranges from the apples from the bananas and make sure we’re all speaking about the same things? I love this tweet I just now read: You | Read More »

    How journalists have dumbed down the definition of analysis

    Ron has simple goals, really @ron_fournier You’re doing that thing again where you pretend to stand in the middle like you’re the only adult in the room. @jpodhoretz — Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) June 7, 2013 As a journalist, Ron Fournier has worked out a great formula that he goes to time and again. In today’s column (‘We Don’t Suck As Much!’ A Motto Your Party | Read More »

    What’s worse than a ‘do-nothing’ Congress?

    Which—frankly—is most Congresses Peter Orszag, veteran economics advisor in both the Clinton and Obama generations advances a view that is getting on my last nerve: Peter R. Orszag, Bloomberg View: Do-Nothing Congress Is Your Fault— The most important problem facing our national government is political polarization, because it makes governing virtually impossible — unless one party can dominate the House, Senate and White House. Notice | Read More »

    Greg Sargent and the Very Special Pig

    Greg Sargent is one of a legion of lefties… …decrying the amazingly awful, late-trending, headlong rush into national oblivion brought on by Republicans mysteriously refusing to be nice and compromise with compassionate, pure-hearted progressives. He just can’t understand the stubbornness, and who can blame him? @KatMcKinley In all seriousness, this is a very clear cut case where one side wants a compromise solution and the other | Read More »

    Matt Lewis is destroying the Republican Party

      ‘Go ahead and cower in fear while a Tyrant destroys America’ Such is the deep thought of a tweeter who agrees with Sarah Palin that we should impeach Barack Obama. It was in reply to  my own tweet, where I counted the political cost—and likely failure—of bringing such an effort to fruition. I mean, let’s be honest. If your very best, most successful resolution | Read More »

    The cynicism of journalists meets Separation of Powers 101

    Only if you view genuine political arguments through jaundiced eyes It began with Reince (quoting John) RT @SpeakerBoehner This lawsuit isn’t about Republicans vs. Democrats. It’s about protecting the #Constitution → — Reince Priebus (@Reince) July 10, 2014 Which didn’t set well with Ron No-it's about Republicans vs Democrats. At least be honest about it, Mr. Chairman. — Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) July 10, | Read More »

    I’m sorry—you can’t get much more post-nationalist than this

    This freaks me out 12 ways to Sunday: imagine the audacity of being born somewhere and telling other people they weren't allowed to live there. like you planned your own birth — Cohen is a ghost (@skullmandible) July 9, 2014 This ‘logic,’ unfortunately, is becoming less and rare. And that scares me. @skullmandible Are you really that post-nationalist? That post-American? @ron_fournier — Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) July | Read More »

    ‘Do we HAVE to revisit that Martin Bashir thing again?’

    ‘Yes, children, because that unfortunate man has much to teach us’ @ron_fournier I defended Martin Bashir—again—just a few minutes ago. Not that he deserved it. But the health of our discourse needs it. — Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) July 4, 2014 Actually, the health of our discourse demands it. I’ve pondered over and over again the weird phenomenon of me defending Martin Bashir against right-wing distortion when even | Read More »