October 9, 2012 |
Fresh off a busy weekend of sparring with Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart returned to “The Daily Show” Monday night with a harsh critique of so-called jobs “truthers” - conservatives who believe, against all credible evidence , that President Obama and his allies manipulated the positive jobs report issued late last week. “What else would explain why, after unemployment has been steadily declining for the last year, that now suddenly, right before the election, it suddenly declines a little more?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 5, 2011 |
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of an Arizona campaign finance law last week, the court divided along ideological lines — with a five-justice conservative majority opposing the way Arizona uses public money to finance campaigns, and four liberals supporting it. But in Arizona, the greatest beneficiaries of the state's Clean Elections Act have been conservatives. Consider newly elected state Sen. Steve Smith. A talent manager in exurban Phoenix who had never run for public office, Smith beat a better-known Democrat last year with the help of $36,000 in government funds he received under the law. "Turns out, all I needed was that Clean Elections money and the grace of God," Smith said.
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.
July 21, 2004 |
After protests from the party's conservative wing, the Republican National Committee has invited several conservative Republicans to speak during the presidential nominating convention, which begins next month in New York. Additions include Sens. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Sam Brownback of Kansas and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, three of the most prominent conservatives in Congress. Originally, the party announced a lineup of speakers heavy on moderates, such as Gov.