Will Republicans tell more lies about the debt ceiling?

  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (see illustration) said something the other day about how congressional action on raising the federal government’s debt ceiling won’t likely happen before March of next year. I can hardly wait. I’m eager to see if McConnell and his current crop of Republican lawmakers resort to the kind of demagoguery their brethren of six years employed during a previous political battle over the debt ceiling. Democrat Barack Obama was president back then, and his GOP enemies in Congress were...

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Why are so many Republicans skeptical of science?

  “All people are born alike – except Republicans and Democrats.”  — Groucho Marx. In the 50-plus years I’ve been writing about politics, I’ve never found a completely satisfying answer to the question posed in the headline above. I’ve even read scholarly academic articles, including one from the National Institutes of Health bearing the unwelcoming title:  “The Automatic Conservative: Ideology-Based Attentional Asymmetries in the Processing of Valenced Information.” But all  I got from that...

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Some Republicans are embarrassed by their party’s anti-science bent

If you’re surprised by the headline above, your collection of Republicans friends is too narrow. There are, in fact, members of the GOP who don’t share the antipathy toward science that is so common among their party-mates. I’m personally acquainted with a few of them. The big problem seems to be that Republican politicians who know better usually are afraid to openly challenge the anti-science attitudes embraced by the dimwits who hold sway in the GOP. The situation reminds me of an intelligent comment I saw a few years ago...

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Remember how the Terri Schiavo case hurt the Republican Party?

  Catholic TV channel EWTN’s  blanket coverage of today’s anti-abortion march in Washington included an interview with a man who invoked memories of the controversial Terri Schiavo case of 12 years ago, about which I’ve written on several previous occasions. Here’s my updated take on the matter: On March 31 of 2005,  a 41-year-old Florida woman named Terri Schiavo,  who had been lingering in a vegetative state for 15 years following a sudden illness, finally died. Thus ended a protracted legal and political battle...

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A solid argument that the Republican Party is anti-science

  One of the great problems facing Republicans who can actually read without moving their lips is that their party, for the most part, is one in which the tail often wags the dog. The GOP’s extreme right wing generally holds sway, even if its anti-intellectualism is an embarrassment to party members of reasonable intelligence. Consider, for example, the party’s overall antipathy toward the scientific consensus in matters of climate change and the origins of human life. Any Republican politician who doesn’t share that...

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