Is briefly featured on El Rushbo’s show today. In case you didn’t know it, “El Rushbo” is short for Chief Waga-Waga El Rushbo of the El Conservo Tribe, otherwise known as Professor of the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies. The professor in question from the leftist New School would be me.
This essay followed Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, in which she refuted the Tar Baby in Chief mocking her relentlessly as “Pocahontas.” It’s Monday morning. I open up my Twitter feed and see the video Elizabeth Warren made to answer charges made by Donald Trump, taken up by Trump enthusiasts everywhere, that she has pretended to … More Is Elizabeth Warren Native American?
In this essay, I reflected on the damage that the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee has done to democracy, in its insistence that as damaged a candidate as Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, and Brett Kavanaugh’s unhinged response to her charges, was an epic installment of … More Post-Kavanaugh Stress Disorder
This post was written two months before the general election. Was I right, or what? When Democrats go to sleep at night, they dream of sticking it to Donald Trump in November. But that’s not how you win elections — or at least, not how you should win elections. While the media outrage machine often … More Don’t Run Against Trump
On this July 4 I am in Poland, where President Andrzej Duda has just decapitated the judiciary, and Poles are, as I write, in the streets to protest the continuing theft of their democracy. Perhaps because of this, a stirring performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Polish Requiem” I attended at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kraków last night, a … More We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident
My liberal and left-wing friends continue to puzzle over a single, unanswerable question: why do white, working class people vote “against their interests”?Perhaps the reason that this is an unanswerable question is that it is the wrong question. I would like to suggest that they don’t vote against their own interests– or at least, that when voters … More Elections Turn On Policy, Not Public Relations
How do we understand the contemporary conservative pride in political incorrectness? One of the core principles of contemporary conservatism today is that identity — race, gender, sexuality — should neither entitle anyone to rights, nor imprison them in an ideology. Identity, conservatives argue, is something that liberals use to create constituencies around “special rights,” rather … More Understanding Conservative Political Incorrectness
If, at some point, a new diagnosis is announced that describes people who can’t stop purchasing and reading books about the 2016 presidential campaign, I could be one of the first to sign up for treatment. I imagine that while wellness professionals will recommend some combination of meditation and exercise, psychologists will have a behavior … More A Historian Obsessed With the Present