Category Archives: Conservatives

The Texas GOP’s War on Public Health

The Texas Republican Party–and Texas is the largest Republican-controlled state (and the world’s ninth largest economy)–has been working hard to come up with a platform, and, Boy Howdy, it’s a terrifying exercise in lunacy. Here’s the draft section on vaccination, … Continue reading

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Living Your Life (and Doing Science) in a Time of Rising Fascism

I haven’t blogged much about the rise of fascism in the U.S., which is a little surprising to me (and perhaps long-time readers), since I was one of the first people, back in 2014, to identify the Republican Party as … Continue reading

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It’s Not Hypocrisy, It’s Transactionalism

And I just made up ‘transactionalism’ (I think?). Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s campaign has focused on out-of-wedlock children as a major campaign issue. Over the last few weeks, in a Fibonacci sequence of scandals, one story broke, identifying … Continue reading

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Heartland Values and the Rural Crime Wave

Paul Waldman notes: …some new reporting in the Wall Street Journal is such an important challenge to the way we’ve been thinking about crime, now that it has again become a political issue. As the Journal reports, the increase in … Continue reading

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An Unofficial Conservative (and Revisionist) History of COVID in the U.S.

I agree that this is how conservatives will reinvent the history of the pandemic (boldface mine): The whole thing was massively overblown. Yes there were some excess deaths, but the official numbers are huge exaggerations, because they don’t take into … Continue reading

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Ohio House Republicans Believe Certain Laws Won’t Apply to Them

They might find out that’s not true the hard way. Last Friday, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that will prevent trans people from playing in female sports (it’s not clear if this only applies to high … Continue reading

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The Epistemic Closure of the Professional Conservative Mind

At least for the jurists (boldface mind): Some observers have pointed out that the court’s conservative majority doesn’t seem to think of itself as answerable to the American people, especially given the vast right-wing bureaucracy represented by groups like The … Continue reading

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Partisanship and the End of the Pandemic

Gallup released some new polling data, and the response to the question “In your opinion, is the coronavirus pandemic over in the U.S., or not?” is unlike most other responses. Typically, when people are asked questions like ‘how is the … Continue reading

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IANAL and Alito Is Not a Historian

One weird thing regarding the leaked draft anti-Roe opinion is that I see a lot of people talking about it and adding ‘IANAL’ (I am not a lawyer). But it’s not like Justice Alito is a historian, which he calls … Continue reading

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Professional Democrats Do Not Comprehend What They Are Facing

There are two recent stories that actually do tie together, even though they seem distinct from each other. The first is the sliming of Supreme Court Justice nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson as a pedophile-coddler because she didn’t always follow federal … Continue reading

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