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...

read more

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)...

read more

It’s OK with me if Trump wins the GOP nomination — and OK if he doesn’t

  The strange political phenomenon represented by the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is a classic example of a win-win situation — not for him, of course, but for people like me. Liberal Democrats are almost certain to benefit no matter what happens to Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination. If he gets the GOP nod, his party is saddled with a sure loser who also could hurt other candidates on the party ticket. If he doesn’t get the nod, he and his legion of rambunctious followers will feel cheated by the...

read more

Is there a cure for conservative amnesia?

The answer to the question in the headline above is affirmative. Yes, there is a cure for conservative amnesia. It’s called history — real history, not the kind that’s tailored to suit our prejudices. Both political parties — indeed, Americans in general — suffer from political amnesia. We tend to forget what we don’t want to remember about our country’s past. What’s worse is that we sometimes invent a fictional past, false memories that don’t comport with what’s actually happened....

read more

Can Ryan and McConnell rid GOP of dog-whistle racism?

  The recent controversy over Donald Trump’s awkward disavowal of endorsements from white supremacists prompted Republican leaders in Congress to declare that there is no room for bigotry in their party. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell forthrightly condemned racist political rhetoric as antithetical to the principles of the Party of Lincoln. Good for them. But a question arises: Will they quash dog-whistle racism when it arises within their party ranks? Dog-whistle politics, if you don’t...

read more