The Pope can’t move GOP on immigration

In a more generous political climate, an adorable little girl who gave a letter and a hug to Pope Francis could make a difference. In an era with a more pragmatic Congress and a less balkanized electorate, five-year-old Sophie Cruz could break through the gridlock around immigration reform. But we are living through a deeply-polarized […]

Donald Trump’s not-so-winning strategy


Not so long ago, leaders of a chastened Republican Party issued a report urging a new way forward for a GOP spurned by voters of color. Following Mitt Romney’s unfortunate language about “self-deportation,” which likely contributed to his defeat, party strategists were especially concerned that the GOP find a way to reach out to Latinos, […]

Poor babies and the ‘pro-life’ crowd

Smiling Mother and Toddler

Another year, another controversy over Planned Parenthood. Selectively-edited videos filmed by an anti-abortion activist have given partisans another excuse to attack women’s reproductive services, starting with those provided by a well-established non-profit dedicated to women’s healthcare. Never mind that abortions represent a tiny percentage of Planned Parenthood’s work. Some Republicans have gone so far as […]

White panic over a browning America


Norman Rockwell is dead. So is his America.If you find that declaration sad, or possibly slanderous, you probably have fond memories of “the way we were” during a supposedly kinder and gentler time before the civil rights movement, women’s lib and cell phones. If you don’t shed tears over that America, you may have grown […]

Why is the GOP attacking Ambassador Susan Rice?

UN Ambassador Rice

In 2000, John McCain seemed a respectable political figure — admired for his wartime heroism, well-regarded for his refusal to kowtow to partisan dogma, liked by journalists for his refreshing candor.  He failed that year in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, but he ran a decent campaign, sticking to the high road even […]

Cain has benefited from his blackness


With the dramatic accusations yesterday from a fourth woman accuser, Herman Cain’s campaign is in a tailspin from which he is unlikely to recover. So let’s get to it. First off, let’s clarify the accusations from Sharon Bialek: The account she gave yesterday was not an account of sexual harassment but rather a charge of […]

In defense of Cain, right-wingers yell ‘racism!’

I really didn’t want to write about Herman Cain today. He WILL NOT be the Republican presidential nominee, and there are many more important things going on — continued debt meltdown in Greece, Palestinians getting support in the UN, etc. But the right-wingers have forced me to stay on the topic of their favorite “dark […]