Popular stereotypes of Republicans and Democrats often are wrong

  If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t know as much about rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats as you think you do. The popular stereotypes in your mind probably are greatly exaggerated. What’s more, these inaccuracies tend to be especially pronounced if you’re a Democrat thinking of Republicans in general or a Republican thinking of Democrats in general. The simple truth of the matter is that our minds tend to be cluttered with distorted pictures of members of the parties on the opposite side of...

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Republican disdain for science is hurting America

  In the eight-plus years I’ve been writing this blog, it’s been fun to occasionally aim jibes at the Republican Party for what seems to be its antipathy toward matters of science. I’ve jibed the GOP from time to time for its global-warming denialism, its rejection of theories of biological evolution and various other examples of the party’s stubborn refusal to accept the overwhelming consensus among academics on certain subjects. There’s great satisfaction, I’ll admit, in portraying one’s...

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Why aren’t GOP bigwigs fighting for open-carry rights at their convention?

  What a bunch of weenies! Republican Party leaders apparently are sometimes just wimps when it comes to defending what they universally claim are sacred Second Amendment rights. Tens of thousands of people have signed petitions in favor of allowing guns to be carried openly at the GOP convention in Cleveland in July. Party leaders have said nothing about the matter, but the Secret Service has announced that only duly authorized officers will be allowed to bring firearms to the conclave. You would think that the poohbahs who run the...

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Republicans are the Daddy Party? Not so, it seems

  Over the years, some political wags have been fond of calling Democrats the Mommy Party and  Republicans the Daddy Party. The Mommy Party is soft-hearted and caring, eager to nourish the hungry and provide for the under-privileged. The Daddy Party is the no-nonsense disciplinarian and the brave defender of home and country. It might be argued that these stereotypes have been reinforced by election results showing that women generally side with the Democrats while menfolk tend to prefer the Republicans. But there’s evidence of...

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Senate Repubs want to consider a court pick made by Trump or Hillary, not Obama?

There’s a question mark at the end of the headline above for one simple reason: The very notion of Senate Republicans taking such a position is illogical. Nay, it’s downright crazy. With 10 m0nths remaining in his current four-year term as president, Barack Obama has nominated a fairly moderate federal judge to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The nominee, Merrick Garland, won Senate approval by a wide margin for appointment to the judgeship he holds now. Many Republicans have sung his praises. But Mitch McConnell (above)...

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