November 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Even more than the election that made Barack Obama the first black president, the one that returned him to office sent an unmistakable signal that the hegemony of the straight white male in America is over. The long drive for broader social participation by all Americans reached a turning point in the 2012 election, which is likely to go down as a watershed in the nation's social and political evolution - and not just because in some states voters approved of same-sex marriage for the first time.
September 18, 2012
While dozens of states, mostly those dominated by Republican legislatures and governors, have spent the past few years devising ways to suppress votes in the guise of cracking down on voter fraud, California has embarked on the opposite course - making voting in California easier and more consequential. That trend will continue in the coming months as a result of innovation and smart use of technology, and it will receive yet another boost should the governor sign a bill, AB 1436, which would allow voters to register up to and on election day. These are welcome developments that address the real crisis in contemporary American politics - voter disinterest.
September 13, 2012 |
The situation remained tense for U.S. overseas personnel Thursday, as diplomatic outposts through much of the Muslim world faced harsh protests from extremists. The demonstrations came a day after a mob killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. The episode continued to resonate in American politics, as well, particularly because Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney argued that President Obama had sympathized with foreign protesters more than with the American victims.
September 3, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The chairman of the California Democratic Party likened Republicans to a Nazi propagandist Monday morning. “They lie and they don't care if people think they lie … Joseph Goebbels - it's the big lie, you keep repeating it,” John Burton told reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle and CBS News before a delegation breakfast. He said GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told “a bold-faced lie and he doesn't care that it was a lie. That was Goebbels, the big lie.” Goebbels was the Nazis' minister of propaganda.
August 9, 2012 |
Rude, rowdy and raunchy,"The Campaign"gleefully skewers the current sad state of American politics. With a target that tempting, it's not surprising that this cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses. Starring practiced comics Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two politicians who do not hesitate to stoop as low as it takes to claim victory, "The Campaign" allows Jay Roach to nicely reconcile the divergent strands of his directing career. Roach has become known to HBO audiences in recent years as the director of a pair of smart, trenchant political dramas, the Sarah Palin-focused "Game Change" and "Recount," a look at the Bush-Gore Florida standoff, which won him a directing Emmy.
July 22, 2012
The McSweeney's Book of Politics & Musicals Edited by Christopher Monks Vintage: 347 pp., $14.95 paper Forget the theatrical success of "The Book of Mormon. " What about "Palin! The Musical"? You can't help tapping your toes and singing along during the scene in which the former Alaska governor confronts Levi Johnston about her daughter's maternal condition: I hunt with a shotgun, Not a musket or pistol. I'm holding one now, Will you marry my Bristol?