Joan Z. Shore: Send in the Clowns

It would take the sharp satire of Aristophanes, Voltaire, or Jonathan Swift to accurately describe the political landscape in America these days. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert can’t do it. And their Rally (with a capital R!) in Washington last Saturday was arguably the most infantile and useless event since the Children’s Crusade. Happily, less […]

Bush Admits Katrina Air Force One Photo Was ‘Huge Mistake’

More than five years after the fact, former President George W. Bush is admitting that having a photograph taken of him peering out the window of Air Force One at the Katrina-caused wreckage of New Orleans was a “huge mistake.” During an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer set to air next week, Bush had no […]

Upset Republicans Believe Tea Party Cost GOP Senate Control

WASHINGTON — Tea party-backed candidates helped and hindered Republicans, injecting enthusiasm into campaigns but losing Senate seats held by Democrats in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada that the GOP once had big hopes of capturing. Republican leaders and strategists are muttering that the same tea party activists who elevated Speaker-to-be John Boehner and the party to […]

Peggy Noonan: Sarah Palin A ‘Nincompoop’ For Reagan Reduction

Conservative columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan doesn’t like people demeaning the Gipper’s legacy, not even Sarah Palin, and not even if she’s only talking about the former president’s Hollywood career. She writes in her latest column of a recent incident in which Sarah Palin attempted to explain away a Karl Rove criticism over […]

John V. Santore: Obama Must Demand Real Discourse in D.C.

“Leadership isn’t just legislation,” President Obama told 60 Minutes this week. “It’s a matter of persuading people, and giving them confidence, and bringing them together, and setting a tone, and making an argument that people can understand. And I think that we haven’t always been successful at that, and I take personal responsibility for that.” […]

Graph O’Lantern ‘Outliers’

Nate Silver and Dick Bennett assess 2010 pollster accuracy. Pew Research examines the roles of Latinos and religious voters on Tuesday. Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin discuss trends that cost Democrats in 2010. Jon Ralston examines the Nevada polls that got Reid-Angle wrong. David Frum warns to be mindful of projecting 2010 on 2012; Jamelle […]