It’s hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement’s problems are mostly problems of success. But the Republican party’s problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement’s success. American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyists’ group with little hope of changing the broader society.
FTA: For starters, the movement has an unhealthy share of hucksters eager to make money from stirring rage, paranoia, and an ill-defined sense of betrayal with little concern for the real political success that can come only with persuading the unconverted.
The purity issue is only part of the equation, the more important part is that our candidates and consultants are downright foppish about standing up for even those things we all do agree on. Our losing has as much to do with our tonal wimpiness as it does anything else.
What a bunch of tripe! This article and mindset is so full of bs it is hard to comment on. Tell me sir, what is a ´good liberal argument´ you speak of? Give us one, just one. I would like to hear so I can agree with you. The Republican establishment you speak of never endorses conservatives, only future democrats: Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter, Bob Bennet, Richard Lugar, David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz, also against Rand Paul. And more. In the primaries the moderate Romney and McCain rain filthy attack campaigns, but against democrats they run nice campaigns. Ronald Reagan was not liked by National Review. Or the establishment and the Bush´s. John Boehner, Colin Powell, Mitch McConnel, Mike Murphy, Karl Rove, Bob Dole, Chris Christie, David Frum, John McCain, Reince Priebus and more are not of us. Like Jeb Bush, they will never represent us, the base you speak ill of. I think Mr. Goldberg you prefer the company of the above with your article than Ronald Reagan. And don´t forget, Bush kicked out all Reaganites who served under him when he took over.
Conservatives know that our Republican representatives are inundated with phone calls, letters, petitions, etc. asking our reps to do the right thing. Yet nothing every changes about the way they do our business. Can´t help but be discouraged about the destruction they foster.
It’s not that the GOP isn’t conservative enough, it’s that it isn’t tactically smart or persuasive enough to move the rest of the nation in a more conservative direction.
I´m sorry to disagree, sir, but it does not take persuasiveness to vote against things like pork additions to a disaster relief bill. The only persuasiveness involved in getting the Republican controled House to do traditionally conservative things like vote to uphold the Constitutionally mandated budget proposal reqirement or to limit the debt ceiling is what it takes to convince certain members of the Republican Party to do their jobs and to vote as a representative of the people who elected them. The fact that some can´t be persuaded to this does indeed indicate that there is a cabal of weak-kneed sellouts in the Republican Party.
You also fail to point out a very serious ill of mass marketing conservatism; failure to retain the brand. As many on this board have pointed out, there is no longer a standard for the conservative movement. The term has become all things to all people, even allowing for radical progressives and big government types like Bloomberg and Christie to be put forth as examples, not only by the press but by those in the party who are actively trying to cut out the standards that once defined the movement.
It is not a matter of ´purity´ or ´impurity´. It is a matter of metamorphoses and transmogrification, and there are many of us who don´t think those changes are a good thing. Persuading the unconverted is only going to come about when they see the results of us standing by what we believe in. When their freedoms are restored and their economy and livelihood are restored by removing the hand of government from their throats, they will be persuaded.
Calmly, now: Love Jonah and I agree that part of the problem is in persuasiveness.Too many Republican party elites cannot speak persuasively about Conservative ideas because they do not themselves understand or hold them. It is the party elites who consider Conservatives like Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Alan West, etc. "impure" - for not having the good breeding of the Rockefeller heirs.
Even John McCain, when asked in a debate with Obama if he considered health insurance to be a right, answered correctly "no" -but he wasn´t able (or willing) to point out that our rights are enshrined in our founding documents and to add health insurance would require a constitutional amendment. So we have all these low info voters who missed an opportunity to understand why Conservatives oppose this travesty,
Or when Mitt Romney had a chance to explain the same, and to say boldly that Conservatives would rather see young people fully employed rather than on their parent´s insurance until they are nearly middle-aged. Instead he said he supported this provision of Obamacare. These are just small examples, but time and again we get frustrated with the Party spokespeople throwing away opportunities to clarify Constitutional, Conservative positions.
Ramona ( the Pest) ps Bravo to #10 for a most excellent post and for working ´transmogrifcation" into it!
Ditto #12 Good Golly, Jonah, even your editors, occasionally, ´´get it´´. To restate their comments of today: (name a squishy republican here)...´´exemplifying that unfortunately common strain of Republican leadership that is uncompromising in rhetoric but opportunistic in reality, has decided to sign off on the federal government’s plan to radically expand´´...(name your favorite pork package here)
This is very acute, as one has come to expect from Jonah. I do think that Buckley´s mentor was right, to a degree, about the sheeple. They need a real catastrophe to wake them up. The fact that people can now leave the ´job market´ and live out their lives is a tribute to the residual strength of our economy and our market-driven/individualistic way of life. At this point the sheeple are simply not concerned about the debt and dweebs like Krugman are their enablers (except that they don´t know who he is).
Well, I don´t think I could put it better than Ramona did. She pretty much echoed my sentiments.
I´m tired of hearing about ´´purity.´´ Many of us would do a little happy dance if one of the GOP Establishment just stood up for our principles instead of apologizing for them. Boehner, McConnell, et al do not make the conservative case, they make the politically ´´expedient´´ case.
Couple that with the abandonment of popular conservatives like Palin, Cain, West and the like, and you´ve got a recipe for disaster.
An excellent article, pointing out that a bunker mentality and blame-gaming will not advance the conservative cause. As Jonah says, the name of the game is to convince and to convert liberals and the public at large to conservative ideas. But we must have the will to do so, and not shrink from opposition.
Jonah makes the same mistake the elites of the GOP made in 2012, conservatives don´t necessarily belong to the GOP. More and more the GOP will lose power because they assume that conservatives will have no one else to vote for. There are always other options and until the GOP elite realize that fact they can wail and blame others for their most recent loss when all they need to do is look in the mirror.
The left does not hesitate to promote it´s most ideologically pure (read: Marxist) members. Even though the communist notion of government would be totally rejected by most Americans if the leftists were honest about their agenda.
We have the considerable advantage of truth, light, liberty, transparency, wealth creation, patriotic loyalty and a hundred other winning themes that we never stand up at the microphone and expound upon.
How can the good guys possibly be losing this debate ???
Democrats - by both their actions/votes and policy statements believe in and support: abortion, gun control, environmental extremism, dependence on foreign oil/energy, national (single payer) helath care, vast expnasion of government (at all levels but especially federal), anti-military (other than for photo ops), etc ad nauseum.
Republicans - by both their actions/votes and policy statements believe in and support: ......
I juxtaposed this column with one written by Brent Bozell on the Media´s Favorite Fake Republicans. Both good pieces, but hard to reconcile, unless I were to exclude the Bozell´s fake republicans from Jonah´s argument. Then, they both make sense.
Heard someone on the local talker this morning say that the Rats are masters at PR and that is why they are winning as of late. I think that´s fairly accurate, but also I believe the GOP is just unwilling to get down and dirty like the Rats do. Rats have no shame and will say anything to win. Consider Barry´s recent statement that the GOP doesn´t care about starving children and his hypocritical about face on the debt ceiling. Rather than rushing en masse to the mic to attack and ridicule such comments, the GOP scurries for cover and lets the charges stand unchallenged. And they wonder why the GOP is called the Stupid Party. And consider Romney: if he had been as tough on Barry as he was on Newt, maybe he might have stood a chance last November. Boehner and McConnell are not leaders, they are facilitators herding cattle for votes. What we need are more Alan Wests and Michele Bachmanns taking the fight to the Rats. The GOP isn´t going to win until they start beating the Rats at their own game, and we need people at the forefront of the party willing to play that game.
If we´re going to wail over those who didn´t make the cut this year, that´s fine. But let´s be honest that at least one of those who has been mentioned on this thread didn´t make the effort. Nothing prevents any of those people from continuing to fight for what they believe. I´m hoping Governor Romney will be visible and hard-working in the 2014 campaign, for instance.
Third party talk is a waste of time, at least in the near term. Either join us or join the enemy. For right now, there is no other choice. We should stop ruling out the young men and women, the fresher faces, before they get a chance to get established nationally. If you like a local, state or national candidate, send money, man phones, volunteer! There is hope, but results will not be immediate. Nothing´s gained by thumb-sucking.
Oh joy, another hit piece on Conservatives. If you read the posts, all the Moderates are in total agreement with the author. All the Conservatives are thumb suckers. But hey, let´s not go after our own, right? We can only all get along if we go along with the Moderates. Never happen so I guess you are talking in the wind or whatever silliness that is suppose to mean.
Maybe we need a simple Ten-Point anti-commy mantra would be easily understood by both RINOS, Conservatives, and LIVs (Low Information Voters): 1. Marxism SUCKS! ( channelling the Obamaphone lady) 2. Democrats want to take away our guns. 3. Socialism SUCKS! 4. Democrats are mean to Americans. 5. Democrats want to take away Americans´ stuff and give it to lazy bums -and other Democrats. 6. Democrats are Communists. 7. Communism SUCKS! 8. Democrats are NOT FAIR! 9. Progressivism SUCKS! 10. Democrats want to take away our cars and make us walk!
Actually, the main difference in all political partys is really quite simple. The Dims hold power for one reason. They believe in and vote for people to live on the largess of federal handouts. Republicans don´t want to do that. They believe that all persons should be free to make their own way in the world. Add to the fact that, no matter what political party a person belongs to, once elected to Washington, the quickly learn that the only way to get re-elected is to vote some form of money to their respective constituents. That´s it in a nutshell IMHO.
Governor Palin was attacked by some of the very posters here who are still wandering around with there heads in dark smelly places wondering why we got our asses kicked again by a shinny-armed commie loving little girl.Wake up!We have never won by being democrat lite.It just doesn´t work.Try backing conservatives for a change and we might just win again.
dont understand why people think relevant political parties in this country will always be the repugs and the dimms. look at bhistory, especially the history of the Whig Party.
i can tell you that people in this country will not vote republican or democrat because of their well earned reputations. a new politcal party with honesty and integrity would have cleaned house against 0bama and the dimms.
Sorry, #6, you´re rewriting history. One mistatement to refute is that Reagan´s national security adviser was one of hundreds Bush ´41 not only kept, but promoted...yup, Colin Powell.
Ronald Reagan´s llth Commandment was "Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Another Republican." Now that didn´t mean we didn´t marginalize Republicans that didn´t operate in acccord with the Reagan Administration or Reagan controlled party apparatus. An underlying political philosphy was not to get mad, but to get even, and we did.
#30 is spot on. Who´s your rep?...city council, state legislature, congress, statewide officers? Thats´s where the real but unheralded party action is. Reagan believed that infusing government with conservative principles was a process that one has to be committed to over time....it took many years for him to become the historic figure he became...
FTA: "It’s not that the GOP isn’t conservative enough, it’s that it isn’t tactically smart or persuasive enough to move the rest of the nation in a more conservative direction."
Yes! Yes! And yes! I still believe that the frustration rank and file conservative Republicans must choke down daily is traceable directly to the FAILURE of the GOP leadership to make even an ATTEMPT at persuasion. Example: W´s complete failure to defend himself or us against the slanders hurled at him and America by those who are now in power.
Now with the latest assault on our Second Amendment, the most forceful arguments are left to Mr. LaPierre to present, when it is the GOP leadership who should be shouting them daily in front of the microphones on the Capitol steps. In order to persuade, one must first make the argument. The GOP leadership fails to REPEATEDLY voice the conservative argument, so it fails to persuade. Making it once and going home is nothing more than lip service, which is all the conservative rank and file ever seem to get.
Poster #42 rightly says"Who´s your rep?...city council, state legislature, congress, statewide officers? Thats´s where the real but unheralded party action is."
Well, my (RINO) state rep is Mark Grizanti, who broke a promise to vote against gay "marriage" and just yesterday voted for Gov. Cuomo´s asinine gun laws. Yep, support your (R endorsed) candidates. Works every time.
#44, you´re making my point...it´s easier to reach out and touch that state rep than a Nat´l GOP party chair or some party leader one sees on TV. Organize and run someone against him or run yourself! May sound pollyannaish, but remember that a guy who was a lazy backbencher state rep 6 years ago will be sworn in as president for a second time next week...ALL politics is local...
All due respect to #45, the NYS GOP will not support conservative candidates. I will never, ever support them with a dime or an ounce of energy. I do support the Conservative candidates who oppose the RINOs. RtP
An excellent article , which will evoke the predictable jeers and ad hominem attacks from the far, far right. Because the far ,far right is always agitated , unappeasable and always angry ..at the GOP. The GOP is not the cabal of evil doers that the hucksters on the right , like Limbaugh and Savage , claim it is. Low information radio hosts like Limbaugh constantly misinform or purposefully misstate facts to their audiences. Limbaugh continues to falsely insist that the GOP controls both the House and Senate and that they can´t be bothered to try and stop Obama. He promotes this myth that there is a group of secret " elites " who control the primaries . He of course, never states how they somehow manage to manipulate the voting machines in every primary so only their preferred candidate wins. Limbaugh is like the left in always promoting class warfare. If a Republican has succeeded and is able to belong to a country club-they are deemed by Limbaugh to be unworthy and evil. Especially if they live on the East Coast . The irony and hypocrisy is lost on his audience. The enemy is not the GOP, but , you would never know it by listening to the far , far right PT Barnums as they hawk their drinks, books and memberships in questionable organizations. An agitated listener makes the best customer for the trinkets. Those country club memberships , gated communities and private jets don´t come cheap. The mystery is why the far ,far right continues to stay in the GOP if they are so miserable. If their goal is to destroy the GOP and invigorate the Democrat party , as the past election demonstrated , they´re doing a bang up job. It´s time common sense and reasonable conservatives and gasp..moderates..regained control of the GOP before it´s destroyed forever.
Conservative does not equal Republican. Don´t forget that.
The Republican Party (just like the Democrats) is an empty vessel into which is poured whatever is necessary to get to 51 percent.
The people that run the GOP are successful office holders and their fund-raising buddies. It´s not a conspiracy. It´s business They´ll sell out principled conservatives in a heartbeat if it´s necessary to get to 51 percent and keep their livelihoods going.
Reagan was successful in selling conservative ideas to a middle America that was not inherently conservative. However, he also created the fatal flaw to the conservative movement--he decoupled spending from taxation by engaging in massive borrowing. Today´s middle American *loves* big government because they expected to pay the full cost of it.
Today’s GOP is a highly Balkanized, loosely knit coalition composed largely of religious evangelicals, fiscal conservatives, and Constitutionalists. Republican candidates tend to generate platoons of polite, well-informed supporters.
Meanwhile, unions provide Democrats with a vast army of no-holds-barred foot soldiers and a war chest larded with coerced dues; Hollywood provides star power and slick propaganda; major media outlets ignore or bury stories damaging to the left; and industries that benefit from Democrat-directed subsidies and regulations provide quid pro quo donations and legions of lobbyists.
Republicans have allowed the left to define them as the party of the rich, a group of petty, un-hip, humorless, intolerant, callous people stuck in the past who are mean to children, the poor, women, blacks, Latinos, Islam, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, teachers, atheists, unions, and dogs.
Put simply, 51% of the population believes that Democrats want to give people stuff and Republicans just want to take stuff away.
Conservative ideas are not the problem. They actually work. GOP no-comprise, single-issue “tribal” factions and woefully inept communication strategies are the problem. In a world where Madison Avenue thrives on being able to sell snow to Eskimos, are we supposed to believe it’s impossible for conservatives to sell the truth to voters?
Just reading this thread proves Jonah exactly right. Too many believe they alone can decide which other posters are "moderates", "conservatives", "establishment", "100% contitutionalists", and thereby are able to cull the unwanted from the preferred. Sorry. I can most certainly be both a Republican and a conservative. There´s no rule (yet) requiring me to support someone else´s much-loved celebrity or risk being branded as somehow impure.
I agree with Jonah on most things, but not on this one:
"For starters, the movement has an unhealthy share of hucksters eager to make money from stirring rage, paranoia, and an ill-defined sense of betrayal with little concern for the real political success that can come only with persuading the unconverted."
Granted, but the GOP is home to corporate and Wall Street hucksters who place profit over party and country. No party or movement is pure. Demanding purity in the conservative movement is as pointless as demanding it in the “big tent” parties.
Goldwater´s 1960 statement was compelling (and I consider myself a Goldwaterite). However, later events proved otherwise. The Rockefeller wing (now called the “Establishment elite”) continues to suppress conservatives to this day.
"But politics is about persuasion, and a party consumed by the need to prove its purity to its base is going to have a very hard time proving anything else to the rest of the country."
The framers had another perspective. Politics is supposed to be about representing various interests among the electorate, not manipulating or converting them to another way. .A multi-party system is more in keeping with their point of view.
The Democrats have been running rings around the Republicans in messaging for over 30 years. On that we all agree. When conservatives point out the ever-predictable concessions and the nonexistent defense of basic Constitutional principles by the GOP leadership, we are labeled as purists with rigid expectations that need to stop attacking our own. I’m getting pretty tired of being told the GOP is “conservative enough” and they’re doing the best they can against the socialist media and academia.
Are they really? After over 30 years they haven’t figured out the game? We are supposed to believe that men and women smart enough to rise to elite positions in a major political party are too stupid, inept, or naïve to craft a coherent and consistent conservative message that effectively counters the leftist propaganda. Pardon me, but I’m just not swallowing that swill anymore.
We’re exhorted to “join us or join the enemy.” Well to my mind, there’s not much choice there. #25 asked whether or not the left is running both parties. Based on the consistent poor performance of the GOP “leadership” my conclusion is a strong probable yes. When millions of concerned citizens rose up into the TEA movement you would think the “conservative enough” GOP would have embraced us. Instead we were held at arms length even after securing a Republican majority House in 2010, despite the leadership’s best efforts to derail small government candidates. Since then we have witnessed Boehner and McConnell hold the upper hand and fold their cards time and again on issue after issue. I’m tired of fighting the socialists and my so-called “political party” who wants my money and my vote, but not my voice.
Post Civil War, Secular Progressivism became the ascendant political orthodoxy of the dominant GOP while the D´s remained agrarian, insular and regional. That changed in´32 when FDR claimed the progressive banner and ever since the fight in DC has been over this. It has absolutely nothing to do w/the Principled Conservatism of Pitt, Burke, De Maistre, the Federalists etc, and never did. in fact, the GOP is no more a conservative party than the present day Tories. But don´t whisper this to the usual suspects, who fantasize that the GOP are the good guys. The R candidate since WH Taft, w/the exception of Coolidge and Reagan, have all been republicrat types typified by the Bush buffoons and doofus Romney. Goldberg talks utter nonsense.
Post Civil War, Secular Progressivism became the ascendant political orthodoxy of the dominant GOP while the D´s remained agrarian, insular and regional. That changed in´32 when FDR claimed the progressive banner and ever since the fight in DC has been over this. It has absolutely nothing to do w/the Principled Conservatism of Pitt, Burke, De Maistre, the Federalists etc, and never did. in fact, the GOP is no more a conservative party than the present day Tories. But don´t whisper this to the usual suspects, who fantasize that the GOP are the good guys. The R candidates since WH Taft, w/the exception of Coolidge and Reagan, have all been republicrat types typified by the Bush buffoons and doofus Romney. Goldberg talks utter nonsense.
#47´s abhorrence of 23 million avid voters who follow Limbaugh is shared by many of his country clubbers and the "moderates" who believe half an abortion is a moderate, reasonable preference. In their view, the ´times that try men´s souls" are a result of too much passion on the part of zealots, not the attempt of good people to be faithful to their beliefs and principles they share with the Founders, troublesome things that the moral relativists on the Left and in the moderate middle find irritating.
Jonah - I respond with Chris Christie. After he loses in 2016, will we still need to moderate? Pure hokem. The GOP needs stronger not weak TEA. Unify the Palin and Paul wings of the TEA party and game on.
Bravo 10,12,16,19,22,24,31,39,40,43,48,53,54, 55&56,57,58,59 & especially 60! There is too many of us to stay put and march to the orders of spineless goons. Game on #60! Time is of an essence I would only add.
I vote for a candidate because I agree with him or her on the issues, I do not vote for someone so that a certain group can have power. After over 30 years of voting for Republicans, they now want me to be faithful even though they no longer represent me. Forget it. If someone is on the ballot that I agree with I will vote, otherwise I see no point.
For starters, the movement has an unhealthy share of hucksters eager to make money from stirring rage, paranoia, and an ill-defined sense of betrayal with little concern for the real political success that can come only with persuading the unconverted.
A conservative journalist or activist can now make a decent living while never once bothering to persuade a liberal. Telling people only what they want to hear has become a vocation. Worse, it’s possible to be a rank-and-file conservative without once being exposed to a good liberal argument. Many liberals lived in such an ideological cocoon for decades, which is one reason conservatives won so many arguments early on. Having the right emulate that echo chamber helps no one.
And some of us do love to snuggle down and wrap that comforting echo chamber around us. And then snooze impotently while our freedom is taken away from us. Or spend our days typing pithy slams at fellow Republicans, going against all conventional wisdom for how to achieve victory by making sure that our cause is not just divided, but sliced and diced, shredded.
I´ve been an Ldotter since 2001. Jonah, you have confirmed my thoughts for some years now--there are many pundits inside the beltway who are more invested in their position and income than in the People.
The tightrope act doesn´t cut it anymore. Satan owns the fence. Choose.
I agree that Obama won in ´08 and ´12 because McCain and Romney were too nice. It´s time to end that. Start applying Alinsky´s Rules for Radicals against the Dems. They have no compunction against fighting dirty, so why should we?
Repubs or nonDems are very, very frustrated. I don´t believe we should trash Rush as he has kept many of us sane. The perfect leader would have been Sarah Palin, but she was betrayed by McCain´s groupies and then the sharks gathered. She would have been a female Reagan. Now we are just licking our wounds, snarking at any Repub or Conser who is a little different. Give us time and we´ll regroup with our big tent and include all of us weirdos and run away with the next election, because...voter fraud will be fixed by voter I.D. and having a very few days for early voting. So, Jonah is on our side and has some good ideas. A few know that there is a better day coming up. Never give up, never, never!
A word of wisdom to the political moderates. Mitt Romney´s political career is over. He will be the kiss of death for decades to come. That being said, after reading this article, I honestly do not think Jonah gets it. Conservatism does not mass market well. It is ideological for the individual. Jonah´s backhanded comment about Hucksters is a direct shot at people like Mike Huckabee, RINO´s. I also personally believe whenever I read phrases like "The Real Political Process" it is meant to belittle conservatives. Also, if Jonah thinks Republicans do not attempt to convert Democrats, he has NEVER listened to talk radio. So many little red flags in this article make it hard to finish.
Over the years I´ve seen lots of debates between L-Dot factions supporting various candidates. People of good faith sometimes disagree, and folks with strong, principled views may disagree more often than most. In 2008 people lined up behind their own candidates, but at the end of the day, we did our best to support the worst and John McCain lost badly. We did the same with Romney four years later. I voted for Mitt as did many others on this site who were both appalled by his winning primary campaign and baffled by his losing presidential campaign. The claim often advanced on these threads that the "religious right" stayed home in 2012 is demonstrably false and a vicious libel.
Attacks have a way of clarifying things, and Palin is a litmus test for many of us. She was the one bright spot in McCain´s miserable campaign. Her subsequent immolation by the media was the most disgusting thing I´ve seen in public life since the failure to remove Clinton from office. Attacks on Palin on this site all too often echo liberal media talking points, and that rankles even those of us who sometimes criticize her judgement for other reasons.
You don´t have to believe Sarah Palin is Reagan Redux to understand that she is a conservative with a voice and conscience. If her voice bothers you, hit the mute button and read the subtitles. If you disagree with what Palin´s saying, you might not be as conservative as you think you are. Sometimes I get the feeling that the attacks on Sarah, Demint, Newt, and Rush aren´t just aimed at them as individuals. I think they are attacks on what they represent. They are conservatives. They represent me. And attacking people is a very poor way to persuade them you´re right.
#70 makes a large point. If individuals accept abortion, homosexual marriage, ordaining women etc; they may call themselves Roman Catholic but most emphatically they are not. Similarly, conservatism, born in Ancient Greece, requires fidelity to enduring principle. It has been beyond obvious for some 100 years that the R party has neither interest nor respect for these principles and is little more that an enabler of the welfare state; addicted to power through big government and high taxes. Sadly many posters are either jake w/this reality or oblivious.
Susan Patton, the Princeton alumna who became famous for her letter urging Ivy League women to use their college years to find a mate, has been denounced as a traitor to feminism, to coeducation, to the university ideal. But really she’s something much more interesting: a traitor to her class. Her betrayal consists of being gauche enough to acknowledge publicly a truth that everyone who’s come up through Ivy League culture knows intuitively —
A New York hedge fund manager allegedly swindles $12 million from a prominent Baltimore family. An Indiana couple is accused of bilking hundreds of customers by charging for free trials of cosmetic products. A financial manager in Texas promises 23-percent returns but absconds with $33.5 million of his investors’ money in a classic Ponzi scheme.All three cases have one thing in common: money that ended up in offshore accounts and trusts set up in tax havens around the world.
Former News Corp president Peter Chernin has bid around $500 million for Hulu, the online video streaming service he helped create in 2007, according to two sources with knowledge of Hulu´s sale process. The website, jointly controlled by News Corp and Walt Disney Co, reached out to potential buyers in March after initially contemplating a deal in which one would buy out the other. It is not clear whether that transaction is still being contemplated.
After lengthy investigations, the Pentagon has determined that three Army generals committed misconduct in separate incidents, adding to an unusually long list of senior military commanders who have been censured over the past year.On Friday, defense officials confirmed that Army Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the commander of a strategic counterterrorism force on the Horn of Africa, was fired March 28 on charges of sexual misconduct. Two officials familiar with the case said Baker was investigated for allegedly groping a female civilian employee after he had been drinking.
The Obama administration appeared eager Thursday to downplay the North Korean military’s latest threat that it has the final authority to carry out “cutting-edge, smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear strikes on the United States.“This is just the latest in a long line of aggressive statements,” (Snip)the recent tension between Washington and Pyongyang “does not need to get hotter.”The remarks were the first public reaction from the Obama administration since Wednesday’s claim by the North Korean military that the “moment of explosion is approaching fast” with the possibility of war breaking out “today or tomorrow.”
President Obama´s biggest gaffe yesterday when speaking of California Attorney General Kamala Harris was not in flirtatiously complimenting her as "the best-looking attorney general," but in introducing an observation from the system of beauty into a forum that was about the system of power.What´s that, you say? Irin Carmon does a great job in Salon in laying out the bounds of propriety for when it´s appropriate to talk about a woman´s looks as a general matter. But I´ve long felt we lack a solid theoretical underpinning for easily discussing these issues, and why precisely it is that
Political scientist Charles Murray has never backed away from controversy, but usually his opponents have been liberals. Friday, however, he managed to upset conservatives at the annual conference known as CPAC, where thousands of bewildered Republicans gathered to figure out the way forward after their party’s 2012 electoral defeat. Murray ditched his prepared remarks on “America Coming Apart” in favor of an impromptu admonition to fellow conservatives to accept the legalization of both gay marriage and abortion.
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
On Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported that Onyango “Omar” Obama, uncle to President Obama, says that his famous nephew stayed with him while a student at Harvard Law School in the 80s, in contradiction to The White House’s contention that the two had never met. At Thursday’s White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the President had, in fact, briefly stayed with “his father’s half-brother,” as Carney described Omar Obama, and that no one had actually asked the President about it when the White House initially commented. The 69 year-old Omar Obama has been facing deportation back