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Ding dong, the dynasty is dead: Say goodbye to Jeb and the Bush family

In announcing the suspension of his campaign, Jeb Bush couldn’t have found a more apt expression for his departure from a contest that was beyond his ken than “I congratulate my competitors who are remaining on the island”. The 2016 Republican presidential primary is a thing forged in madness; as befitting the functional illogic of a reality TV show, it doesn’t make a lick of damn sense beyond itself, but the results cannot be appealed. Jeb has been voted off the island; he is the weakest link; goodbye.

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Las Vegas: City divorced from reality was fitting spot for Republican debate

Finding a Las Vegas native in the Venetian resort-hotel-casino is like the old line about Floridians at Disney World: go find an employee. Everyone else is not from here, which is just as well, because this isn’t a here. Tessellated floors and mock Italian Renaissance halls – arched doorways and frescoed ceilings like Vasari by way of Pier One Imports – usher you to and from rooms divorcing you as fully from the passage of time, forces of nature and the discomfort of reality as possible.

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Jon Stewart is dead and Trump is alive. Why did the left help the bullsh*tters win?

Watching the beginning of the Republican presidential debate season give way to the end of the Daily Show as we know it: as depressing as it was eventual

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Meet Alan Grayson -- the brash Democrat who could help win back the Senate

With Marco Rubio vacating his seat, the Florida representative is looking to turn the Sunshine State blue with his inflammatory quotables and plentiful coffers

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Chris Christie has one big fan -- and his name is Chris Christie

Chris Christie is now officially running for president – and what makes Chris Christie special is that he is running because he is running, and because what are you going to do about it? The animating purpose of Christie’s entire career is one regionally-accented hostile tautology: why is Chris Christie in the race? Indeed, why does Chris Christie do anything? Because f-you, that’s why.

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Bernie Sanders doesn't have to win the Democratic primary to do a lot of good

Bernie Sanders is running for president, settling your bet over what sticker you’re most likely to see on the back of a vintage Volkswagen for the next several years.

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Republicans still fighting the 'War on Women' at CPAC -- here's why

Their game plan involves more (opposite-sex) marriage to undo the harm caused by the sexual revolution

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Right-wing CPAC 2015 wants you to know: You are in terrible danger

From warmongers to conspiracy theorists, all of those present can agree that America needs to be afraid

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Jeb Bush isn't George W -- he just thinks the same and hires the same people

It ain’t easy being Jeb – I mean, it is for the rest of us Jebs, but for the guy who wants to be president, not so much. Just think of the family hassles: he probably has to unplug all his appliances when his brother comes over at Christmas, just in case George tries to touch one and shorts it out with the blood of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dripping off his hands.

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What does Sarah Palin's incoherent Iowa catastrophe say about the conservative movement?

At this point, listening to a Sarah Palin speech is like being taped to a chair with conservative bumper stickers and having gimmick coffee mugs thrown at you. It is the natural conclusion of what would happen if a Big Dogs t-shirt became minimally self-aware and developed a politics. Catchphrases abound — some six-years-old and counting — held together only by the fact that Palin is saying them. Moose chili. Mama grizzlies. Don’t retreat, reload. Hopey-changey. Bill Ayers. Benghazi. Vladimir Putin. Lipstick on a pig. They’re laugh lines without thought, unlinked by a program or even syllogism.

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