The Cost of Agenda-Driven Journalism
In the world of mass communications, there is a theory called Agenda-Setting Theory. It describes the ability of the mass media to set the tone and agenda of the day’s talking points. It’s fairly easy to understand, given that so many people are still connected to the news and what goes on in the world around them. The degree to which people are connected to | Read More »
The Optimistic Democrat
The optimistic Democrat will look upon the results of this year’s midterms and have a couple of thoughts that will leave them feeling a bit hopeful. The party is hard at work coming up with their excuses for their 2014 Autopsy, but if I know my political opposition, there will be some who hang on to other ideas that will help them sleep better at | Read More »
Obama’s Five Stages of Grief
Have you ever heard of the Kübler-Ross model? You might have, but you probably know it by its more common name, The Five Stages of Grief. These are generally accepted stages put forward by psychologists that a person who is facing their own death or the death of someone close to them go through. These stages are even referred to in pop culture (one of my | Read More »
Joan Walsh’s refusal to understand why Democrats lost
Joan Walsh, one of the biggest beacons of White Guilt on the Internet, has released her “reflection” of 2014, and looks back at what she calls her “mistakes” (which, oddly, don’t include almost everything she’s ever written). In this piece at Salon, she says her mistake was overconfidence in red state women and what she got right was the use of Ebola as a fear-mongering story. | Read More »
Shutting Down The Circus
I don’t know how many of you recall the Disney animated film “Dumbo,” but there is a scene that I think is really fitting. Dumbo, the little elephant with the big ears, is written into a brand new act that involves all the grown elephants balancing on a ball (how that ball held their weight, I’ll never know). Dumbo’s job was to launch himself to | Read More »
The Issues That Mattered?
Eight days ago was a sweep of an election that saw Republicans gain control of the Senate and greater control of the House. Right now, with the declaration of Dan Sullivan the winner over in Alaska, the Senate has 53 Republicans coming in. In Louisiana, we could see the 54th on December 6th, as is poised to take that seat as well. Louisiana is providing | Read More »
…Well played, McConnell
I’ve often called “RedState’s Leading Supervillain,” and it’s not been unwarranted either, but… damn, I respect this. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republicans have promised a seat on the Senate’s energy committee if he defeats Democratic in Louisiana’s runoff election next month, potentially undercutting one of her main arguments for re-election. Landrieu has repeatedly touted the importance of her seat on the Senate Energy and | Read More »
Hold it: Snopes isn’t convinced on this Gruber thing.
Things Snopes.com is great for: Debunking that thing on Facebook everyone is sharing. Letting you know if a celebrity really did that. Easing your mind by telling you there is no dead girl under your bed waiting to kill you if you don’t past this post along. Things Snopes.com is not great for: Political commentary. Good lessons in factchecking. A clean and simple user interface. | Read More »
I get it. We live in an eternal political cycle, so it only comes naturally that we should look ahead to who could or will run in 2016. Whether it is Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, , Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, , Megan McCain, Erick Erickson, or even Rick Santorum (which is, frankly, ridiculous), now does not seem, to me, to be the time | Read More »
Landrieu Jumps on the Race Wagon
When I first started working in radio, I was fortunate enough to get an interview with Mary Landrieu. It was just after her initial vote to push Obamacare to the floor for a final vote. She defended it and I largely let her – at the time, I wasn’t very politically aware, and I was working at a station in a city that is 65% | Read More »
The LGBT Lobby vs. Academic Debate
On Sunday’s RedState Weekly Briefing (which you should totally check out and also tune in to every Sunday at 7 p.m. EST, as well as listen to our live election night coverage), I gave a brief, rambling statement on progressivism and projection. The main thesis of that rant was simple: The Left is notorious for using any attack necessary to shut down debate, while at | Read More »
Out of Ignorance or Out of Spite?
On more than one occasion in the last couple of weeks (the most vital couple of weeks as we near election day), President Barack Obama has said things that are, simply put, strategically dumb. It’s more than likely that Republicans, barring a tremendous disaster, will take a majority in the Senate this year. The Democrats, even House ones, are struggling in key races, and groups | Read More »
Been in DC too long, @MaryLandrieu?
U.S. spends approximately all of her time in Washington D.C., which is odd because she is supposed to represent Louisiana. Makes sense that she should live here and not simply claim a home co-owned by her and the rest of her family. Now, when it comes to Louisiana, there are some differences in our civics lessons vs. the rest of the nation’s. For one thing, | Read More »
A Culture of Ineptitude, Blame and Laziness
There is very much a cultural problem in the White House, and it is not (at those at MSNBC will already be pointing fingers and trying to accuse me of saying) a racial one… Hell, how could it be? This is has been an administration of incredible whiteness and little to no diversity beyond what previous administrations have had. No, friends, this is a culture | Read More »
Cosmopolitan Magazine makes sure Wendy Davis stays a one-issue candidate
Your first reaction may be to wonder “Who cares?” at the news that Cosmopolitan Magazine endorsed Wendy Davis for governor of Texas. However, it is absolutely hilarious that, despite Davis trying to not be a one-issue candidate, the higher-order thinking at Cosmo has effectively boxed her back into that issue which made Abortion Barbie famous/infamous: A pro-choice governor like Davis would also make an enormous | Read More »