Matt Lewis

Is Matt Lewis outlining a serious concept—or just trolling with his latest column in The Week?

First off, let me just say that—though I appreciated the humor in it—I don’t agree with this tweet by Dan Isett:

Although I feel his pain.

On the surface there’s a lot to agree with.

Matt Lewis, The Week: Why conservatives feel like Tim Howard

Today, Tim Howard is perhaps the most famous and beloved man in America.

The U.S. goalkeeper was extraordinary in Tuesday’s heartbreaking World Cup loss to Belgium. Before it was all over, Howard would justly earn the sobriquet “secretary of defense,” relentlessly guarding the American goal and making an astounding 16 saves. But let’s not forget, the U.S. team lost, 2-1. Which is why making 16 saves — having to make 16 saves — is a rather dubious distinction. The fact that a goalkeeper would have to deliver such a heroic performance is indicative of an American team that was constantly playing defense, while Belgium was taking all the shots.

I knew where he was going… Continue Reading…

In order to give my friend Ron Fournier a vacation, I’ve been picking on his boss at National Journal.

Tim GrieveWell Tim’s given me a challenge, which I’m going to pick up cold, right here in public.

(Don’t try this at home, folks.)

Here’s the challenge, over three tweets:

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And why does the left fail so miserably at it?

Scarecrows by Giles Moss on Flickr

The other day I wrote about a skirmish I had that day with Tim Grieve over a tweet of his:

Even after multiple challenges I had a hard time getting Tim to see the difference between the quantity and quality—the actual details—of those numbers.

So I wrote the post demonstrating that, to the extent the Supreme Court ruled, there was a clear line between Bush’s actions and Obama’s.

Clear enough that it was 9–0 at the Supreme Court.

Today I ran across another tweet, one I’d missed from the other day:

Do you see what’s wrong with this one? Continue Reading…

I can’t believe what I am hearing.

Wallace in the schoolhouse door

“And you will argue against the proposition.”

I don’t want to argue against the proposition, I insist.

“Somebody has to and you”—her glance shifts now to include my two teammates—”are who I picked.”

How can I stand in front of a class and argue against a proposition I myself agree with? Indeed, believe in with all my heart?

How can I in essence defend a man everybody knows is evil through and through?

Everybody I know agrees with the proposition that George Wallace is racist.

It is 1969 and people don’t believe the way he does any more (or so I think).

I look at my teacher and then at my teammates.

And I feel the panic rising up in me.

All that my mind can see is George Wallace in the schoolhouse door.

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There are two major problems with today’s Republican establishment

Thad Cochran represents one of them

Cochran—bring home the bacon cropped

Actual real newspaper headline proudly posted on Thad Cochran’s campaign web page:

DeSoto brings home the bacon

WASHINGTON — In the age of abolished earmarks and when cities and counties have to scrape for every federal dollar they can find, officials in the state’s fastest growing county have been successful in doing what many local governments can’t do — bring home critical federal funds for infrastructure projects which otherwise would go unfunded.

A case in point was the recent success of DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority officials, who were able to secure a total of $1.16 million in federal environmental infrastructure funds for ongoing wastewater projects in DeSoto County.

Exactly who is Thad Cochran helping when he brings home this bacon?

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Sweeping generalizations that take your breath away

Salena Zito, RealClearPolitics: Voters Seek Middle, Want Results

Salena ZitoThis rejection of a cornucopia of labels — Democrat, entitled, establishment, progressive, liberal — didn’t just happen with candidates on the federal or statewide level; it also occurred on a very micro-level when Pittsburgh voters rejected progressive state Rep. Erin Molchany.

The 32-year-old Molchany, who ran as the champion of liberal causes such as pay equity and ObamaCare, was trounced by 72-year-old moderate Rep. Harry Readshaw. Their two state House seats had been redistricted into one.

The bloodletting by the “raging” middle was not just limited to Democrats, either.

Republican Congressman Bill Shuster, who represents what political scientists call the most conservative House district in the Rust Belt, crushed his right-wing opponent — and he did so with nonstop kitchen-table campaigning, talking about effective governing, flushing out corruption and political reform.

Shuster did not win by talking about social and other typical conservative issues; he won by providing results to his community.

Everybody wants results

Everybody.

Including all the candidates who lost.

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Babe sheep

Narrator: Fly decided to speak very slowly, for it was a cold fact of nature that sheep were stupid, and there was nothing that could convince her otherwise.

Fly: Please, someone tell me… what happened this morning.

Narrator: The sheep decided to speak very slowly, for it was a cold fact of nature that wolves were ignorant, and there was nothing that could convince them otherwise.

Sheep: It was Babe… he saved us… the wolves killed Maa… But Babe drew the wolves away!

To Sen. Rockefeller—and to many fellow Democrats and political journalists—Republican racism is a cold fact of nature

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