Stimulus? We don’t need no stinkin’ stimulus.
Whether the stimulus package didn’t work, or worked, is still working, worked but then quit working, was too little, too big, needs a second phase, or was juuuust right, is again becoming a matter of discussion among the ruling class. No, I must amend that. They are sure that at some level it worked. For them the only question is how much to expand it | Read More »
Why the Tea Parties Mystify the Media
Tea Parties and their participants have been an ongoing mystery to the media, including some commentators that we sometimes think are relatively unbiased. When it comes to the participants, even though they’re acknowledged to be mostly independents and Republicans, the pundits have strange ideas about what motivates them, where they came from, and what they mean for the future of the Republican Party. One reason | Read More »
It’s not the Medium–The METHOD is the Message.
Political argument, represented in political advertising and public statements, is more than simply persuasive words. By its nature it is biased and partisan, promoting one philosophy over all others. To be effective, it must be one-sided, uncompromising, certain of itself, and aimed more at the emotions than at the mind. It must also be repetitive and persistent, never giving an inch. Most important, it must | Read More »
Now Is (Almost) the Time
If ever there were a time for a Conservative Republican leader to step forward, it’s either now or coming soon. There are plenty of candidates for the title of Republican leader/spokesman, and some of them have conservative leanings, but few of them espouse the principles of Conservatism every time they speak in public. I’m not suggesting that someone should come forward with a list of | Read More »
I Can Guarantee Re-election for President Obama
[This was written in November of 2009. Although directed at President Obama for effect, it's really (mostly) a menu for conservatives and Republicans to follow in their campaigns to defeat him. Several more excellent ideas were provided by readers in the comments. There were plenty more specific suggestions that went unsaid. The key to it all is that Fiscal Conservatism Gets Votes! And so far, | Read More »
How McCain can turn it around.
[In October, 2008, when I first published this diary, John McCain and Sarah Palin had enjoyed a brief time in the lead against the Obama-Biden team, but it was short-lived and we all know the end result. I'm adding this preface because, when I just re-read the piece, it seemed to me that whether I was right or not, the issues I suggested that McCain | Read More »