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By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 1:43 EDT

Barack Obama speaks with the same mewling incapacity of a James Buchanan or a Franklin Pierce.

Fie, I say!

Using people’s personal angers against them

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, June 9, 2008 23:32 EDT

I’m in a sympathetic mood, because I just finished listening to Mat Johnson on a podcast talking about the diehard Clinton supporters who have clearly projected their own struggles onto Hillary Clinton and are taking her defeat in the primary as a referendum on their very right to be in the public sphere. Johnson made the point that he felt the same way as an Obama supporter in a lot of ways—specifically, the chance to…


Not quite a stripper pole for your toddler, but close

By Amanda Marcotte

High heels for infant girls.…


For some reason, I find this comforting

By auguste

We’re not the only ones who have our priorities straight: [Opposition leader] David Cameron has revealed his much commented upon centre-parting at last week’s prime minister’s questions was the result of wearing a bike helmet. Mr Cameron, who normally parts his hair to one side, had a new look for…



By Jesse Taylor

Via Ta-Nehisi Coates, today’s Krugman column is problematic. Unlike Ta-Nehisi, I don’t find the problem to be Krugman’s citation of faceless fervent Obama supporters, but instead this: Fervent supporters of Barack Obama like to say that putting him in the White House would transform America. With all due respect to…


It’s a man’s, man’s Midol world

By pams

I hadn’t seen the outrageous recent ad by the menstrual pain reliever Midol, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Unlike this ridiculous ad from the 1960s (“Betty’s Gay with Midol”, today’s marketing geniuses decided that the new slogan for the product should be “Midol, Reverse the Curse.” The ad was described…


Dance, hypocrites, dance!

By Amanda Marcotte

For blatantly partisan reasons, I hope that H. Ross Perot makes a big stink out of the story of McCain’s first wife. From what I understand of the wingnut mind, the people already wary of McCain will feel vindicated about using his POW status against him as evidence that he’s…



By Jesse Taylor

Fred Hiatt breaks through the hemp-lined flower shield of dirty hippiedom and throws some truth in our faces: But dive into Rockefeller’s report, in search of where exactly President Bush lied about what his intelligence agencies were telling him about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, and you may be…


More Ribs, Please

By Jesse Taylor

Ruh-roh. Openly frustrated by what they see as an ongoing double standard in the press’s treatment of his campaign, Sen. John McCain and his aides have been aggressively denouncing unfavorable stories as “smear jobs” and “scurrilous attacks,” while the candidate himself has launched a series of stinging attacks on Sen.…


The patriarchy weighs in on the Democratic primary

By Amanda Marcotte
Sunday, June 8, 2008 21:45 EDT

Jill beat me to it, dammit. The Patriarchy steps in and gives his opinion on who he supported in the primary season. Marc promises a whole series of episodes of Manhood, starring The Patriarchy himself. If Stephen Colbert just wasn’t working under the FCC regulations….. Which is another way to…