August 14, 2012 |
It's become predictable in this tempestuous campaign season: First Lady Michelle Obama, who has chosen fighting childhood obesity as her favorite cause, utters something that seems judgmental about healthy eating, and conservatives pounce . (Nor is her husband immune to criticism for the ruckus he causes when he steps out for a bite .) The pattern repeated itself Tuesday, as the right-leaning chattering classes reacted to an exchange Obama had with Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas when the two appeared Monday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1987
I find myself confused by James Nelson (Letters, Oct. 2). He doesn't like name-calling--who does?--yet he starts with the word "liberal," which has been a largely meaningless epithet since the Nixon Adminstration--it applies to anyone who does not totally agree with the Nixon-Reagan agenda. He finds moral arguments "snobbish" and complains of personal attacks, yet he offers no example of such a state of affairs. I cannot imagine how it is possible to "shout down" any opponent in print, nor have I seen that many examples of polite logic from the true believers on the right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 |
The most specious (and probably predictable) reaction to the unfolding scandal imperiling the presidential aspirations of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a silly attempt at misdirection by whiny conservatives who complain that journalists ignored the Obama administration's Benghazi and IRS “scandals” but have jumped all over Christie. Because he is a Republican. I don't know where this fake talking point first originated - my guess is Fox News - but my in-box has been full of emails from readers asking, as one did: “So how does Benghazi impact Clinton?
March 30, 2012 |
These days, the drama of the Republican presidential primary and the Supreme Court's consideration of the healthcare overhaul law are the hottest topics for American conservative media types. But conservative thinkers and talkers are also weighing in on the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Fla., in which neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman (whose mother is Peruvian) shot Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. Zimmerman, who has not been charged with a crime, has said he shot Martin in self-defense.
October 4, 2010 |
As the Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, its sixth with John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice, the reality is that this is the most conservative court since the mid-1930s. Since Richard Nixon ran for president in 1968, conservatives have sought to change constitutional law, and they have succeeded in virtually every area. During the first years of the Roberts court, it has consistently ruled in favor of corporate power, such as in holding that corporations have the 1st Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts in independent political campaigns.
May 23, 2012 |
Some conservatives are in a mild panic about the possibility that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will succumb to pressure from Democrats and the liberal media to uphold "Obamacare. " This from a Wall Street Journal editorial: "You can tell the Supreme Court is getting closer to its historic Obamacare ruling because the left is making one last attempt to intimidate the justices. The latest effort includes taunting Chief Justice John Roberts that if the court overturns any of the law, he'll forever be defined as a partisan 'activist.' " Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker makes the same point, adding a literary reference: "Novelist John Grisham could hardly spin a more provocative fiction: The president and his surrogates mount an aggressive campaign to intimidate [that word again!
September 17, 2009 |
Last weekend, Cindy Wilkerson, a 44-year-old former social worker, helped organize three busloads of protesters who rode from Mississippi to Washington for the big protest targeting President Obama and his policies. The passengers, all white, wore T-shirts identifying themselves without irony as "Freedom Riders." Decades ago, that phrase evoked something quite different. It was bestowed on the predominantly black and white activists who traveled to the Deep South to challenge segregation -- and were sometimes met with hostility and violence.
February 9, 2012 |
Conservative activists began a three-day gathering in the nation's capital Thursday with a clear mission — defeating President Obama — if not a clear sense of how to get there. Thousands have descended on a Washington hotel for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at a time when the race for the Republican presidential nomination has taken yet another unexpected turn. Mitt Romney seemed to have secured his position as the front-runner with convincing victories in Florida and Nevada.
July 27, 2008
Re "Downsized to death," Opinion, July 20 The weak writing by Eric Lotke sabotages his own arguments. He begins his rant by alleging that we are all victimized by a conservative conspiracy: "Conservatives shrink government by hamstringing it. They weaken rules that protect people, slash the budgets of consumer agencies and appoint industry friends to oversight commissions." These unsubstantiated claims form the premise of his argument. He then takes a rhetorical leap that a laundry list of current societal problems is directly attributable to conservatism.
July 11, 1996
Re "Gale-Force Phyllis" (July 2): What an appalling person. Phyllis Schlafly's choice of a job as a student was testing machine guns. She actually fights against equal rights. Her whole life has been hellbent on deconstruction, attack and the denial of other people's rights. What a wretched existence, so typical of latter-day right-wingers. Gone are the practical conservatives of yesteryear. Now Republicans are self-righteous destroyers. Interestingly, the nearest person to the fair-minded conservatives of long ago is the current president.