Republicans have acknowledged that the federal government needs new revenue to avoid a fiscal calamity in the new future. True, their recently unveiled proposal to avoid the looming fiscal cliff did not include higher tax rates for anybody. In fact, it calls for lower rates. But the plan does include $800 billion in new revenue Read More
What a relief it was to pick up my New York Times this Sunday and see that Damien really is back in town. I thought I’d spotted him at the Republican convention, felt sure I’d caught a whiff of sulfur when he passed, found myself swarmed by his usual entourage of flies. It would have been hard to miss him, since he was wearing a pink tie and a green plaid jacket at the time.
Yet I told myself I must be hallucinating under the relentless Tampa sun. Surely there was no way even today’s Republican party could have welcomed the Antichrist—a k a Ralph Reed—back into the ranks just six years after he imploded so spectacularly amid the Jack Abramoff scandals.
Reed, whose “preternaturally youthful” appearance, as the Times described it, still makes you think he must have “666” etched just above his brow line, got his start in the first heady days of the Reagan administration, when he was one member of what was known as the “triumvirate,” running the College Republican National Committee (CRNC), along with Mr. Abramoff and Grover Norquist.
MAPS OF MAPS
New York may be a tried-and-true blue state, and New York City may be viewed by some less as our country’s great melting pot and more as the American Liberal-Pinko Gomorrah, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our fair share of Republicans (nor does it mean we can’t color them pink).
Former Vice Presidential candidate, Alaska governor and reality TV star Sarah Palin isn’t ready to throw her name in the 2012 presidential race — but she doesn’t want to be taken out of it either. Palin continued to tease the possibility of a White House run at a Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa Saturday. Read More
After walking out of her interview with Piers Morgan, Christine O’Donnell addressed the Women’s National Republican Club on West 51st Street, starting about 45 minutes late, just before 7. “I want to apologize for being so late. I know that’s not respectful of your time, so please accept my apology,” Ms. O’Donnell began. “We started Read More
The Wee Hours
Visitors to the West Village were packed like cattle, corralled into uncomfortable angles on the sidewalk, on an otherwise mild evening last Thursday.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner made their pitches to the American public on Monday night. Both men made valid points. Both men engaged in political posturing.
It’s time for them to stop talking to us and to engage each other in the spirit of cooperation that the President cited in his presentation. Read More
In the aftermath of Keith Olbermann’s suspension for making undisclosed campaign contributions to Democrats, supporters of the MSNBC host pointed to NewsCorp.’s million dollar donation to the Republican Governors Association.
Of course, that’s not the only way Murdoch has helped to fund the conservative movement. Fox News is home to nearly Read More
Failed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell didn’t give in to Bill Maher’s talk show terrorism. In an appearance on the “Tonight Show” Thursday, O’Donnell said she declined to go on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” after the host threatened her with unflattering footage.
“I wanted to do the show, we just couldn’t get it Read More