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Assimilate to which America?

Damn you, Hendrik Hertzberg. I was going to link George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island in reply to the continued screeching about how we shouldn’t brook any mosques within (fill in your number of steps, blocks, miles, or planets) near the World Trade Center, but…

Gay marriage and the patriarchy shell game

Adam Serwer and Steve Benen have had their fun attacking the logic of Ross Douthat’s incoherent anti-gay marriage column, and now it’s my turn. Douthat is caught up in a trap that catches many, probably most conservatives. The official values, as I’ve said before, or our nation are liberal values.…

The politics of misery and resentment

Don’t you love it when you argue something and then someone comes along to prove your argument? That happened to me this morning. My column at RH Reality Check to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the pill focused on how legal and available contraception freed women to make a variety…

When your opponents have no compunction about lying….

You can’t do anything to appease their complaints. Stupak and company may have been satisfied by dunking Obama’s head in the toilet until they obtained a symbolic gesture of woman-hating from him that they and we know he doesn’t mean, but let’s face it. Those fools are useful idiots being…

Well, at least he admitted it’s about opposing contraception

What’s interesting in this otherwise stunningly dishonest op-ed column by Ross Douthat about sex ed is that he casually admits that abstinence-only education is about attacking contraception, a practice that 98% of American women have engaged in at some point in their lives. And by virtue of this, that means…

Sorry, wingnuts, but you have to choose

Like Dave says, this Ross Douthat column should be immediately recognizable by liberal bloggers as concern trolling. And when you get concern trolled, you know whatever you’re doing is threatening, and is probably effective, and you should keep doing it. I’m not going to weigh in on the “did or…

On To The Next One (Feat. Swizz Luntz)

Ross Douthat interviews Frank Luntz to get to the bottom of healthcare reform’s unpopularity, only four months after he warned that Republicans were going up against the tremendous popularity of healthcare reform, because he’s Frank Luntz and he’s just like that. he long shadow of that 1994 drubbing helps explain…

Cranky old people didn’t come up with this on their own

Please, my liberal friends. I understand that you want to be generous people who assume that our opposition is capable of arguing in good faith, and Ross Douthat makes himself an appealing person to reach out to, because he will occasionally say not-crazy things. And you’ll be tempted to reprint…

That’s Funny

Ross Douthat finally got around to the column we all knew was coming – the embrace of Judd Apatow as the new film Jesus of conservatism. I always find the lionization of Apatow as conservative standard-bearer puzzling. What Apatow did with The 40-Year-Old Virgin (and has hammered into the ground…

Gadzooks!

Ross Douthat is trying to muscle in on Bill Kristol territory, turning Sarah Palin into a Lesson For Us All: Our president represents the meritocratic ideal — that anyone, from any background, can grow up to attend Columbia and Harvard Law School and become a great American success story. But…

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