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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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. …