Obama uses science to beat Romney

The anti-science bent of certain elements of the Republican party (Creationism anyone?) is obviously repugnant to many people, including me. Now it appears that stance came back to bite Mitt Romney during the presidential election. The Obama campaign secretly assembled a team of famous experts in psychology, persuasion, and behavioral economics to plan out campaign … Continue reading Obama uses science to beat Romney

3 Fox News Stats That Doom the Republican Party (as we know it)

In the wake of Barack Obama’s victory in the presidential election, as well as the Republican Party’s weak showing in the Senate races (largely due to self-inflicted candidates), it would serve the party’s leaders well to consider a number of statistics which I got from Fox News, of all places: Regardless of how one feels … Continue reading 3 Fox News Stats That Doom the Republican Party (as we know it)

Quote of the Day: “Once the last cohort of John Birchers dies…”

Will Wilkinson on the future of the Republican Party: “If Republicans keep bleeding young intellectual talent because increasingly socially liberal twenty-somethings simply can’t stand hanging around a bunch of superstitious fag-bashers, then the GOP powers-that-be might start to panic and realize that, once the last cohort of John Birchers die, they’ve got no choice but … Continue reading Quote of the Day: “Once the last cohort of John Birchers dies…”

Paragraph of the Day: Conservatism

I’m sure conservatism will one day recover – because it is right about the main issues: government needs to be kept in its place, taxes should be low and budgets balanced, individuals should be able to pursue their dreams as free of government control as possible, families do matter and need to be free from … Continue reading Paragraph of the Day: Conservatism

Framing the Democrats

Question for discussion: If the Republicans brand themselves as “Guns, Babies, Jesus,” what have the Democrats branded themselves as, and is it working? Here’s my best stab: “Minorities, Welfare, Abortion.” Hmmm, doesn’t have a winning ring. Some might argue for a different phrasing (say, “Inclusiveness, Equality, Choice”) but that’s just gilding the lily. If you … Continue reading Framing the Democrats

Quote of the Day: Every Great Cause….

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”–Pat Buchanan This quote comes from a fascinating story on the troubles of the Republican Party and the convervative movement (the two are not synonymous). The part of the story that really rang true for me was this passage: According … Continue reading Quote of the Day: Every Great Cause….