Jan
19

Perry’s Out; Now What?

Well it’s finally happened. Rick Perry’s campaign, derailed by poor debate performance and an insistence by some members of the conservative punditariat that vaccines were more important than a record of job creation, has ended. It ended on a good note, as Perry left the race without playing spoiler. His supporters in South Carolina represent… Continue reading »

Nov
16

Decision 2012

I’ve decided that I am going to support Rick Perry for President of the United States. Some regular readers here and on Twitter (mostly on Twitter; this blog is like an Alaskan mining town – rich in resources but scantly populated) may have noticed that I’ve resisted making a decision about lending my active support to a… Continue reading »

Nov
14

Know Your Political Cults

This political season has seen the conservative movement struggle with its identity and its prospects for the future. A lot is on the line in the 2012 election, certainly. What I’ve noticed more and more is just how personally everyone seems to take the merest criticism of their preferred candidate. The reactions range from defensive scorn… Continue reading »

Oct
26

The First Among the Rest

The contest for the Republican nomination for President has, well before the first primary, been both raucous and caustic. As yet it has not dipped into toxicity, although prior to Sarah Palin’s voluntary departure from consideration the onset of psychosis among some of her core supporters seemed inevitable. Ron Paul has even managed to keep… Continue reading »

Oct
12

Whither Perry?

I’m losing faith in Rick Perry. When I first heard he might be considering a run for the Presidency, I reviewed what I knew of him: Governor of Texas; shot a coyote to save his dog; socially conservative; palatable to Evangelicals. All very fine. Then I learned about the truly encouraging economic figures in Texas,… Continue reading »

Oct
04

Republican Nomination – The Received Wisdom

It occurs to me that some people do not spend all day on Twitter following politics. Some don’t even check the news every day. For these people, I humbly submit my thoughts on the state of the Republican nomination: The race for the Republican nomination has taken some unpredictable turns of late. Of foremost note,… Continue reading »

Sep
08

Impressions From the Debate

After last night’s Republican debates, some impressions: Romney and Perry are the clear frontrunners. While I think Perry made a huge impression on people, Romney sounded more polished, professional and more Presidential. Perry needs to tighten up, get a few answers prepared to tough questions. But the race is between them. I liked the jabbing that went… Continue reading »

Sep
07

Handicapping Tonight’s Republican Debate

The Republican field is beginning to take shape. While tonight’s debate will almost certainly not give us any clear indication of who the eventual nominee will be, it is the first test for the newest entrant, Governor Rick Perry of Texas. Perry shook up the field quite a bit when he announced his candidacy, and… Continue reading »

Aug
15

Urge to Shill…Rising

Back in November of 2008, I reached the limits of my ability to cope with the ascension of Barack Obama to the Presidency. I like to think that I argued against his selection manfully, with grace and wit, for more than a year. I defended Sarah Palin against the trendy liberal condescension and some (you may… Continue reading »

Oct
22

NPR Rant

There are precious few good shows on NPR, and the worldview espoused on their programs has got to be as alien to most Americans as Nancy Pelosi’s face.

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