Joe McCarthy

2 weeks ago
It is a story with lasting implications for the Democratic Party. Donald Trump sells himself as a man’s man.When Trump projects old-fashioned male power full of aggression and swagger, he gratifies his culturally conservative base, both men and women.Democratic politicians, by contrast, rarely discuss masculinity. That might seem obvious for a party which, heading into the 2018 midterm elections, is seeking a “year of the woman.”During an election that took place exactly 50 years ago, however, ideas about manhood played a central role for the Democrats. As I describe in my forthcoming book “The Men and the Moment,” the Democratic Party was grappling with its identity in 1968. Its struggle was on display in the personal dynamic between its two most significant figures: party leaders Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey.Both men were giants of American liberalism. But Johnson did not trust Humphrey as president, because he did not respect Humphrey as a man. That friction le...
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2 weeks ago
In 1968, presidential politics was still a man’s world. Aram Goudsouzian, University of MemphisDonald Trump sells himself as a man’s man.When Trump projects old-fashioned male power full of aggression and swagger, he gratifies his culturally conservative base, both men and women.Democratic politicians, by contrast, rarely discuss masculinity. That might seem obvious for a party which, heading into the 2018 midterm elections, is seeking a “year of the woman.”During an election that took place exactly 50 years ago, however, ideas about manhood played a central role for the Democrats. As I describe in my forthcoming book “The Men and the Moment,” the Democratic Party was grappling with its identity in 1968. Its struggle was on display in the personal dynamic between its two most significant figures: party leaders Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey.Both men were giants of American liberalism. But Johnson did not trust Humphrey as president, because he did not respect Hump...
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2 weeks ago
Like all businessmen and real estate tycoons, they get tax breaks that you can only dream about In radio shows and talks from London to Boston to Richmond, Ind., people keep asking me how the Trump family got away with stealing a half billion dollars, in today’s money, from our government, as The New York Times reported last month.This story first appeared at DC Report.One big part of the answer is that Congress showers real estate investors with tax benefits. It also makes auditing many types of real estate transactions incredibly tedious and time-consuming. Combine that with years of budget cuts and what we get is an IRS—the federal Tax Police Department—that is well suited to pursuing the financial equivalent of tricycle thefts, but not larceny on a billionaire scale.This may change. If we get a House or Senate under control of the Democrats we can expect thorough, expert investigations into Donald Trump’s recent personal, gift and business tax returns.Whether that tur...
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2 weeks ago
Here come the real spine-chilling horrors of the season: Office-seeking politicians of the extreme right demanding votes on Election Day. As we enter another long season of direful winter darkness, we are beset by back-to-back waves of spooks. First come the little costumed goblins on Halloween, seeking sweet treats from us to ward off any trickery they might pull. Cute.But then, only six days later -- eeeeeeek! -- here come the real spine-chilling horrors of the season: Office-seeking politicians of the extreme right demanding votes on Election Day. Not cute. With devilish signals to their base, they promise to be more Trumpian than Trump, offering a Mephistophelian agenda ranging from the harsher treatment of the poor to the more plutocratic alchemy enthroning the rich over America's workaday people. In the latter category is a truly dreadful GOP scheme to decimate public benefits that sustain all of us who are -- or hope to be -- middle-class. Of course, they can't come right...
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3 weeks ago
"She cannot claim this White House respects the First Amendment when she delegitimizes the press on a daily basis." White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has allowed the number of "daily briefings" she delivers to dwindle down to a nearly non-existent amount, but when she does hold televised appearances, she makes sure to fill them with enough lies and vitriol to make up for her time away.Exhibit A in the phenomenon is Monday's briefing, in which she repeatedly insulted reporters and twisted President Donald Trump's attacks on the press in a contorted effort to deflect blame for the violent and bigoted atmosphere he has contributed to.Conservative writer Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post argued Tuesday that Sanders' performance, claiming that Trump doesn't call the whole media the "enemy of the people" even as he constantly derides the establishment with an extremely broad brush, should inspire reporters to abandon the briefing entirely."Let me start with a sugg...
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3 weeks ago
#NeverTrump conservatives may view him as a traitor. But their ideology has trended toward hate for a long time Donald Trump has given rise to a great deal of handwringing by those conservatives who seek to distance themselves from him. Salon's Chauncey DeVega recently interviewed one of the most thoughtful of those, Max Boot, whose new book, "The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right," is more honest than most. But the “corrosion” of the title betrays a lingering sense that something noble has been betrayed -- in contrast, say, with John Dean’s starkly titled “Conservatives Without Conscience” from 2006.Nonetheless, as Jonathan Chait’s review puts it, “the truly radical act in 'The Corrosion of Conservatism' is its clear-eyed excavation of the movement’s history,” which entails recognizing that the crazies have always been there. William F. Buckley, for instance, "renounced the president of the John Birch Society while continuing to endorse the organi...
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October 16th, 2018
Author Max Boot admits he finds himself “politically homeless” after renouncing Donald Trump’s Republican Party. The Republican Party is no longer a "conservative" organization. Donald Trump has given Republicans and other movement conservatives permission to surrender to their worst temptations and excesses. Rather than embracing some concept of responsible tradition and being averse to change, the Republican Party and movement conservatives are now a destructive and anti-democratic force. Norms about consensus that have dominated American politics for at least four decades have been discarded. Assumptions that Congress should be a coequal branch of government which serves as a "check and balance" against the presidency have been jettisoned.Donald Trump is more than an imperial president. He is an American fascist and demagogue who is aided and abetted by Republican and other conservative elites.The Republican Party has long been the United States' largest white identit...
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