Republicans

The GOP primary: Enjoy the show

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The 49ers game isn't until Sunday, but in the meantime, I hope everyone's enjoying the spectacle that is the Republican primary in South Carolina. First off, we have John King asking His Newtness about allegations that he wanted an "open marriage" and setting off a classic Newtron bomb. Read more »

Stuck in reverse

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Some days, you wake up, check the news, and wonder just what the hell happened to this country. And I'm not talking about that nutty right-wing view that we've strayed from the original vision laid out for us by the authors of the Constitution or the Bible. I have just the opposite view: I'm wondering why those people seem so intent on dragging us back into the bad old days of bygone centuries, when white male property owners ran things as they saw fit.Read more »

The GOP and class warfare

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Every political consultant knows that words like "together" and "unite" play well with voters. That's why you hear them so much on the campaign trail, from races for local office to presidential campaigns. Remember Obama's signature speech, with his signature line?Read more »

How scary is Iowa?

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I know, I know: It doesn't deserve the hype. And Mitt Romney's going to be the Republican nominee anyway; the rest is all theater. And I was just joking about how it might help Obama if one of the true wingnuts won the Iowa Caucuses.

But in the cold light of a Jan. 4 morning, I have to say:Read more »

The Iowa Caucuses are silly (but we're all watching)

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We all know (or we ought to) that Iowa is radically unrepresentative of the United States and that the Iowa Caucuses are a dumb barometer for choosing a president and that only really insane news media coverage has made this into such a big event. Read more »

The women who love Herman Cain

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Sexual harassment is serious, and Herman Cain ought to be held to account for the sizable number of allegations against him. (Really, whatever Cain says, most women don't make this stuff up; going public is painful enough). The charges that he had an affair? Whatever -- that's none of my business or anyone else's. But in the GOP world, being "unfaithful" is a pretty serious sin (unless, of course, your name is Newt Gingrich).

Still, it's pretty creepy that he's set up a "women for Cain" website, with some truly bizarre testimonials:

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Rick Perry's nutcase preacher

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Did anyone else catch Terry Gross's brilliant interview with C. Peter Wagner, the leader of the New Apostolic Reformation? He's one of Rick Perry's peeps, and his crew was involved in Perry's big prayer meeting a few months back.

Lord, the guy is off his tree. I mean, full-on wackamole batso crazy.Read more »

What the Republicans agree on (scary)

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The most interesting thing about the Republican debates is not where the candidates disagree -- it's where they all seem to agree. And it's pretty fucked up.Read more »

OMFG, Meg Whitman's a smut dealer!

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Or so Steve Poizner says, in a battle of the airwaves that's getting completely insane.

In a new ad, Poiz charges that Whitman, as CEO of EBay, allowed (oh no!) dirty movies to be sold on EBay. You can buy other dirty things there, too, like a Voodoo Hot Sex Life Improvement Love Spell (bidding starts at $9.99). And it's all Meg's fault!

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