Ted Frier

Ted Frier
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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Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 27, 2012 9:47AM

Republicans Set to Repeat 1964 Disaster?

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 »

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AUGUST 23, 2012 2:21PM

License to Lie

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 »

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AUGUST 19, 2012 10:30AM

The Fox News Way

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 »

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AUGUST 15, 2012 10:30AM

Catholic Ryan Needs to do Penance for Sins

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 »

AUGUST 14, 2012 1:15PM

Lies, Damned Lies, and Mitt Romney

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 »

AUGUST 13, 2012 6:52PM

Is it time to let the South secede?

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 »

AUGUST 3, 2012 9:33AM

Is Conservatism Like a Mutant Virus?

Last night my wife and I watched the movie Contagion. It was the story of a hitherto unknown virus which threatens to wipe out the planet unless a fearless group of godless, secular-progressive scientists at the Center for Disease Control were able to unlock the deadly bug's genetic code and find… Read full post »

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JULY 31, 2012 10:22AM

Free Speech No Free Pass From Truth or Consequences

The flap embroiling Chick-fil-A that is causing feathers to fly between Christian conservatives and their liberal detractors over comments the fast food franchise's president made condemning gay marriage, would all be a hilarious distraction from the usual outrages of the day had not the company'… Read full post »

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JULY 27, 2012 10:01AM

Obama wants to "punish success?" Give me a break

For Republicans, Ronald Reagan will always be "The Great Communicator." And one of the lessons Republicans learned from Reagan is never let the facts stand in the way of a good story.

A discussion about whether the federal income tax should be 35% or 39.5%, or whether the capital gains… Read full post »

This weekend, my wife and I will be attending the wedding of Joe (our long-time hairdresser and stylist) and his male companion at ceremonies where it is safe to say Chick-fil-A will not be served.

I confess I was ignorant of this latest partisan food fight involving the anti-gay president of… Read full post »

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JULY 23, 2012 10:32AM

Right wing takes aim at public education

How sad -- and suicidal - that conservatives have decided to declare open warfare on public education.

In a previous life, I played a minor role as speechwriter and special assistant to our state's Secretary of Education during the development and public roll out of the Massachusetts Education Refor… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2012 10:10AM

GOP: party of "intolerance and hate"

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's scurrilous accusation (John McCain's word, not mine) that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Islamic, American-born aide used her position to secretly support the Muslim Brotherhood was the straw that finally broke the camel's back for one-time Bachmann campaign… Read full post »

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JULY 17, 2012 3:57PM

Right wing has full bag of tricks to protect the rich

Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, has figured out that sometimes it pays to bite the hand that feeds you.

In a recent Washington Post column that aims to debunk the "myth" that free market capitalism had anything to do with the meltdown of the economy back… Read full post »

When in doubt, blame the hippies. That's what David Brooks does in today's New York Times when he says the reason "why our elites stink" is the bad habits they learned from the Radical Sixties.

Today's meritocratic elites have achieved their status by working longer and harder and being… Read full post »

A newspaper will make you sign your name to a letter-to-the-editor so that you take ownership of the content and consequences of your 250-word rant against the injustices of the age. But when billionaire oil and gas tycoons sign their names to $250 million campaign donations, you and I have no… Read full post »

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JULY 6, 2012 3:49PM

Right wing attacks one of its own -- again

Jonathan Krohn, the precocious 13 year-old who wowed attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference four years ago, is older, wiser and feeling the heat from his one-time admirers now that he's disavowed the revanchist prejudices he absorbed through conservative talk radio.

Krohn admits h… Read full post »

The idea that "all men are created equal" is one of the self-evident truths we celebrate on this, the holiest of our nation's secular holy days of obligation. Yet, at the same time we salute the words Thomas Jefferson immortalized 236 Fourth of Julys ago today, another… Read full post »

In 1832, around the time President Andrew Jackson was uprooting the eastern Indian tribes for their forced trans-shipment to the far west, the state of Georgia became entangled in a jurisdictional dispute with the Cherokees that was resolved when the Supreme Court ruled the Cherokees were a separate… Read full post »

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JUNE 27, 2012 1:00PM

Scalia embodies power corrupt right wing

When you've got the facts on your side argue the facts. When you have the law on your side argue the law. When you have neither pound the table. It's an old lawyer's joke whose punch line isn't so funny when the lawyer doing the pounding is an Associate Justice of the United… Read full post »

Will liberal outrages never cease?! How dare those angry leftists ram their militant, live-and-let-live tolerance down our throats?

When tolerance itself is now seen by conservatives as its own form of intolerance we need to be doubly alert to the meanings of words people use. That is especiall… Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2012 9:49AM

America's Divided Political Heart

I cheerfully concede what some soi-disant conservatives charge: my conservatism is not theirs. Some of what passes for conservatism is a radically anti-political ideology, decayed Jeffersonianism characterized by a frivolous hostility toward the state, and lacking the traditional conservative appreci… Read full post »

You may have thought that George W. Bush was the most conservative president of the last 100 years, whose doubling of the national debt, instigation of the worst recession since the Great Depression and other epic failures put the final nail in the coffin of the Republican Party's supply-side, anti-g… Read full post »



Who says bipartisanship is dead? Not Charles H. Ferguson, Oscar-winning director of the documentary Inside Job and author of the recently released Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption and the Hijacking of America.

American politics may be more polarized than at a… Read full post »

Under the headline, "Do Republicans really want to clone one for the Gipper?," the Washington Post's Dana Milbank is on a fool's errand.

He is attempting to disabuse right wing conservatives of their radicalism by exposing the yawning gulf of inconsistencies which exists between their positions toda… Read full post »