Tagged American History

Jeb Bush Doesn’t Have an Aura of Inevitability. And that’s Fine.

Nicholas Confessore–who in the past, has written for non-right wing rags like Salon, Washington Monthly, and The American Prospect, and who therefore may not be the most unbiased soul in the world when it comes to writing about Republicans–co-authored this piece along with Maggie Haberman in which we are breathlessly informed that not all Republicans are backing a Jeb Bush candidacy for the presidency. To which, my reply is as follows: Who bloody well cares?

What We’ve Learned about All of the People Who Laughed at Joni Ernst

1. There are a lot of people who talk a good game when it comes to combating poverty, but who do not understand the history of poverty in America, or its pernicious effects upon those whose lives have been touched by poverty. 2. There are a lot of people who can’t even manage to talk a good game, because they are sufficiently graceless and witless to believe that it is perfectly acceptable to mock poor people–or people who once were poor–simply because those people belong to a different political party. For more details, read Megan McArdle.

Please Stop Saying that Americans Don’t Like Political Dynasties. It’s Just Not True.

It isn’t 2016 yet, but I am already sick to death of all of the claims that Americans do not like political dynasties. We have heard a fair amount of that talk in light of Hillary Clinton’s very likely candidacy for the presidency, and now that Jeb Bush appears to be getting ready to run for president as well, we are hearing even more such talk. The problem is that the talk in question is absurd. Americans may pretend to dislike political dynasties, but in fact, efforts to perpetrate such dynasties have been remarkably successful throughout American history. John Adams…

Don’t Know Much about History (Paul Krugman Edition)

Look I understand that Paul Krugman is loath to give Ronald Reagan credit for anything good. But when he goes and makes things up about Reagan’s economic record, someone should really call him on it. Preferably someone at the New York Times who is actually in charge of editing and fact-checking. Or doesn’t the Times employ those people anymore?

In Which Jimmy Carter Tries to Rewrite History

I know that I am late to this, but it is worth noting that the 39th president of the United States is busy trying to change how we remember the past. He shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it. Jimmy Carter didn’t merely lose because he failed to get tough with Iran. He lost because the economic situation in the United States was nothing short of awful, and because he was considered responsible for the awful economic situation: Inflation was still out of control, the economy was beset by another stage of torpor, and Ronald Reagan offered optimism in…

Don’t Know Much about Recent History

The New York Times was forced to issue the following correction recently: An article on Sept. 11 about President Obama’s speech to the nation describing his plans for a military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, gave an incorrect comparison between efforts by the president to seek allies’ support for his plans and President George W. Bush’s efforts on such backing for the Iraq war. The approach Mr. Obama is taking is similar to the one Mr. Bush took; it is not the case that, “Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to…

The Bill Clinton of 2014-2016 Will Not Be the Bill Clinton of 1992

Everyone who is familiar with the 1992 presidential campaign knows that Bill Clinton ran as a “new kind of Democrat,” one who would “end welfare as we know it,” one who would help craft a society that would reward those who “work hard and play by the rules.” When he ran for president in 1992, Clinton knew that he would not win if he adopted a traditional liberal stance, so he crafted the now-famous “Third Way” approach and campaigned and governed under a Third Way banner. Of course, the Third Way approach to politics and government was reinforced by the…

Reflections on 9/11

It is getting more and more difficult to write about 9/11. There is relatively little to say or write that has not already been said or written by others. Memories are somewhat jumbled among certain people. A great deal of time has certainly passed, and we have learned how to live with the hurt and the pain and the anger that stemmed from that awful day. The geopolitical consequences of the terrorist attacks continue to live with us, and we discuss those consequences just about every single day of the year. What else is there to write or talk about?…

A Truly Great Way to Resolve the Washington Redskins Controversy

In the event that you are not a football fan, let me give you some background on the subject of this post: There is a football team called the Washington Redskins. They’ve been around for a while; the Wikipedia article states that the team began as the Boston Braves in 1932, and then eventually became the Washington Redskins in 1937. As a Chicago Bears fan, this is what I consider to be my favorite game involving the Washington Redskins. Now, there are a lot of people who consider the name of the team to be offensive (to clarify, we are referring to…

Democrats Want to Go Back to 1998

And Republicans should not let them. Quoting Byron York: Dissatisfaction with Barack Obama will play a role in November. A president’s job approval rating is a key factor in midterm results, and Obama’s now stands at just under 42 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. But voters know why they’re unhappy with the president. They’d be more likely to vote for Republicans if they felt GOP candidates had a clear plan to address the problems, especially the economic woes, that still beset millions of Americans. Exactly right. Of course, given the ratiocination skills–or lack thereof–of key segments of the…