Following John McCain’s victory in Florida last week the chorus of McCain-hatred grew louder on talk radio shows and on many conservative blogs.
Rush Limbaugh declared that McCain was not conservative and unacceptable as a candidate. Formerly respectable conservative figures took delight in criticizing McCain’s war record—yes, his war record—by tallying up the number of Read More
If I believed in God, I’d be tempted to thank him for James Dobson.
Mr. Dobson, the chairman of Focus on the Family and one of the key political organizers on the religious right, has come up with a plan that would all but guarantee the defeat of any candidate remotely sympathetic to his Read More
For more than three decades, the Reverend Jerry Falwell guided the white evangelical masses of the South into the Republican Party, culminating in the most outwardly pious Presidency in modern American history. Having first gained notoriety as a hard-line segregationist in rural Virginia, he won power as the televised prophet of a political gospel. Scarcely Read More
When it mercifully comes to a close 24 months from now, the George W. Bush Presidency will be remembered less for its painful policy blunders than its painstakingly directed set-piece iconography. The Bush aesthetic—in which the bullhorn atop 9/11 rubble and the aircraft-carrier landing feature prominently—peaked on Nov. 3, 2004, the afternoon of the post-re-election Read More
In any successful deal achieved at the 11th hour, everyone tends to feel that they have surrendered too much. In the Senate compromise over judicial nominations and the filibuster rule, the only certain losers are those who would be satisfied by nothing less than total victory and absolute domination.
That category includes not only the Read More
Focus on the Family’s James Dobson is going after Alan Hevesi and Billy Thompson.
“New York Pushing Gay Agenda on Corporations,” is the headline on his organization’s news service, which ends with the two officials’ email addresses. We’ll be curious to know how much heat this generates.
(Via Campaign Confidential.) Read More
As the rhetoric of the radical right turns shrill and even violent, the stunning moral emptiness of its leadership can no longer be ignored. Pious politicians and political preachers may hope to divert attention from their disgrace by threatening judges or denouncing the media. But what has emerged from the scandals surrounding House Majority Leader Read More
I’m Hooked On
Trotting through Prospect Park with my Walkman, I tune into Focus on the Family, that daily talk show of pop psychology, national politics and the Word. The lineup includes pontifications on a variety of topics sure to rattle any liberal sophisticate: It’s anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-feminist, pro–corporal punishment. Read More