- April 02
- Ted Frier is an author and former political reporter turned speechwriter who at one time served as communications director for the Massachusetts Republican Party, helping Bill Weld become the first Bay State Republican in a generation to be elected Governor. He was Chief Speechwriter for Republican Governor Paul Cellucci and Lt. Governor Jane Swift. Ted is also the author of the hardly-read 1992 history "Time for a Change: The Return of the Republican Party in Massachusetts." So, why the current hostility to the Republican Party and what passes for conservatism today? The Republican Party was once a national governing party that looked out for the interests of the nation as a whole. Now it is the wholly-owned subsidiary of self interest. Conservatism once sought national unity to promote social peace and harmony. Now conservatism has devolved into a right wing mutation that uses divide and conquer tactics to promote the solidarity of certain social sub-groups united against the larger society while preserving the privileges of a few.
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So, this is what plutocracy looks like.
No character is more reviled in the conservative movement's rogue's gallery of villainy than the union "boss." He's the corrupt and corpulent operator who brings healthy companies to grief with his irresponsible demands. He's the ideological enforcer who… Read full post »
Somewhere Woody Allen is smiling. If the Oscar-winning actor/director was watching last night's debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney he surely recognized the surprise appearance of a "Marshall McLuhan Moment."
You know the moment I am talking about, the one made famous in Allen's An… Read full post »
Last Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan witnessed something extraordinary: A Republican candidate making his way through a 90-minute debate without once invoking the blessed memory of Ronald Wilson Reagan.
The omission was doubly puzzling since it's now beco… Read full post »
My Cincinnati Reds made history yesterday when they became the first team in National League history to get swept after taking the first two games in a best-of-five series. When you lose your 19-game winning ace in the very first inning of the very first game there is only so long… Read full post »
So that's why Bill O'Reilly is always bragging about his ratings. I was under the impression the Fox News pug ugly constantly tells us how much bigger his rating share is than his liberal tormenters over at MSNBC because O'Reilly's just an arrogant bully who believes he can win arguments with… Read full post »
"With all due respect, Governor, I'm not one of your boys."
That's the line my wife said President Obama should have used when Mitt Romney uttered his snide comment about the President being just like one of his five pestering sons when Obama kept pressing Romney on the $5 trillion tax… Read full post »
Well, at least Steve Geddes of Boscawen, New Hampshire got more than his allotted 15 minutes of fame.
For one whole day Geddes was the world's Greatest Pumpkin-grower, ever, when his 1,843.5 pound giant broke the previous world record by 25 pounds while taking home the first place "Orange Ribbon"… Read full post »
If events turn out as polls predict and President Obama goes on to beat Mitt Romney to win a second term, the iconic moment of the 2012 campaign just might be MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, head clenched firmly in hands, muttering to himself "Oh, sweet Jesus" after witnessing yet… Read full post »
When Mitt Romney linked the "Lower 47" who do not pay federal income taxes and are "dependent" on government with those who "do not take responsibility for their own lives," he was not only confessing an unfamiliarity with the American people (including his own Republican base) that was appalling for… Read full post »
The Republican game plan for 2012 was to make this a "referendum election" not one asking voters to make a "choice" between the parties. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men?
Despite Republican's best efforts, we've now got… Read full post »
"He does not understand, because he has no organ for understanding, the necessity, meaning, or importance of other people."
You might think the statement above is just one more stone among the rock pile of insults being hurled at the hapless Mitt Romney for his crushingly stupid decision… Read full post »
If we learned tomorrow that George W. Bush needed a teleprompter for even his one-on-one encounters in the Oval Office, I feel quite certain that the very next day Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the entire Right Wing Noise Machine would be busily churning out sarcastic lamentations about President Obama… Read full post »
The whole point of the Democratic National Convention seemed to be, in the words of Washington Post business writer Steve Pearlstein, "to expose that Mitt Romney is smaller than the job he aspires to."
Take the claim by Romney's running mate Paul Ryan that he and Romney "will not duck… Read full post »
My wife had the rare opportunity to sample both national political conventions up close and personal this year. And she is here to report: Republicans really are different from you and me.
Maybe it was the venue itself. Charlotte is twice as big as Tampa (751,000 population versus 335,000) so… Read full post »
Watching Mitt Romney mugging in front of the Republican Party's mono-complexioned convention audience last week with its canned enthusiasm and flamboyant elephant hats it suddenly hit me: Mitt Romney is running for president as Monty Hall.
Those of us of a certain age grew up with the… Read full post »
Labor may indeed deserve much the higher consideration, as we are reminded by that first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, who said labor is superior to capital since capital is but the fruit of labor and could never have existed had labor not existed first. But on this Labor… Read full post »
There is a God in heaven. After three days of gaseous and often fraudulent speeches, Clint Eastwood's unscripted sketch in the closing hours of the Republican National Convention in Tampa last night finally managed to say something that was true: The Republican Party is an aging white guy ranting inc… Read full post »
It used to be Republicans would gather every four years to select a standard-bearer they hoped would carry them to victory in November. Now, however, the GOP collects in these quadrennial conclaves to choose a metaphor.
This year's theme of choice is how a welfare-coddling black president… Read full post »
In his review of David Frisk's new biography of the right wing organizer, If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement, Yale historian Geoffrey Kabaservice issues a warning to all those Republicans now gathering in Tampa who might be poised to repeat the disaster of… Read full post »
George F. Will, the so-called "thinking man's" conservative, has just given Republicans permission to lie, and to do so shamelessly, promiscuously -- perhaps even extravagantly. He does so using the right wing's rhetorical weapon of choice: Projection.
In a Washington Post column last weekend, Georg… Read full post »
To Sean Hannity, there is no difference - none - between a Chick-fil-A magnate who devotes serious time and money towards preventing gays from getting married and a Democratic president who for conservative, prudential and - yes - political reasons takes a go-slow approach before coming out… Read full post »
Some are calling Mitt Romney's selection of Congressman Paul D. Ryan a Hail Mary pass by a desperate candidate who is losing this race, as even reliable right wing cheerleaders like Laura Ingraham have conceded. But it looks as if Romney's new running mate needs to say a… Read full post »
There was a tone in Rush Limbaugh's voice that some have called "jubilant" but which seemed to me more apprehensive, even disbelieving, when he said that in picking Paul Ryan to be his running mate Mitt Romney had given right wing conservative true believers like him "somebody on the… Read full post »
I've just added Chuck Thompson's new book to my Holiday Season shopping list. The book is called Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession. It's central thesis is that we Northerners would have been much better off letting the South walk 150 years ago -- and… Read full post »
One of the joys of reading a history like Gordon Wood's The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States, is the humbling experience it provides of learning how none of us are terribly distinctive, how living in interesting times does not mean we also… Read full post »