November 9, 2017: GOP Brand is ‘Dirt’ | Heroes Have Guns | Tax Reform Imperative
October 29, 2017: Trump Cleared | Flake Off | Bots of the Right
CORRECTION: In the original version of the newsletter, we made an error in the first item. Party of winner Va. Gov. election.
Happy Thursday to you. So Democrats are feeling a bit giddy after Tuesday night. Tons of ink are being spilled to analyze the results of the election...
October 5, 2017: Las Vegas Falsehoods | Bump Stock Defense | Cuba is Still Our Enemy
Good Thursday. For all their complaints about the bias of the Mainstream Media, we couldn’t help but notice that for most of October the conservative press has been dining out on the hard-earned reporting of their so-called “fake news” cousins. The three stories that have dominated their pages all broke in traditional newspapers.
August 24, 2017: Who's Crazier? | GOP Civil War | ACLU Cowers
Good Thursday. Before we get into the news, we have some scheduling changes to discuss. We launched this newsletter in February. For us, it has been a labor of love, and we have been gratified to have earned so many devoted readers.
August 17, 2017: The Intolerant Left | Bannon Goes Mooch |Trump Wins N. Korea
Good Thursday to you. We hope the solar eclipse gave you a brief respite in our ongoing national melee. Here, in New York, the eclipse barely made it to three-quarters full. Still, we enjoyed every minute. But as soon as it ended, we returned to the madness:
August 10, 2017: Apocalypse Now? | Google Inquisition | Kayleigh McEnany Propaganda Watch
Good Thursday to you. All week we struggled with our decision to take time off and publish once weekly in August. Like everyone else, we watched the violence in Charlottesville in horror. Despite all the ink spilled on this topic, we still have our two cents to add. We’ve skipped the worst from the Right, like the attacks on Heather Heyer, the young woman mowed down by the car, and the conspiracy theories that the Nazi marchers were actually liberals who wanted to embarrass the Right. We’ve focused on how Trump’s arguments and reasoning actually reflected thinking we’ve seen for awhile in the Right media.
August 3, 2017: Those Trump Polls | Nationalist Blues | The Asian-American Factor
Happy Thursday. We would like to say that we’ve been enjoying our August in peace, but it is hard to relax with beach reading and BBQs when the president of the United States is threatening “fire and fury.” Around our dinner tables, there was debate over the inspiration for Trump’s word choice. One son insisted that Trump must have seen the latest installment of “Game of Thrones,” where dragons literally set the opposing armies afire. Another son insisted the reference must be to “The Lord of the Rings.” The parents feel the children may be crediting Trump with more literary knowledge than he actually has, however.
July 31, 2017: Hell Breaking Loose| Democrats’ Hidden Scandal | Priebus Theories | Korea Blame Game
Happy Thursday. This week, we noticed a curious thing: It was sometimes hard to tell the Left and the Right apart. Was that really an editorial writer in The New York Times expressing concern that Stephen Bannon’s reign may be coming to an end, calling him “at times, a voice for sanity?” (And what about another member of the Times’s editorial staff criticizing the progressive Women’s March leaders for embracing hate?) Then there was National Review publishing one of the few critiques of Trump’s appointment of John Kelly -- yet another former General -- to his core administration.
July 27, 2017: Transgenders and Sessions | Dark Money on Campus | Pyrrhic Health Care Victory
Happy Monday. So just how worried are conservative commentators that the Trump presidency will come crumbling down and embarrass them all? We noticed that several were stretching for the language or analogies that might describe just how terrible the situation is: The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan complained that Trump was “weak and sniveling” and, as the headline said, a “Woody Allen without the humor.” RedState called the White House "the ninth circle of hell.” And National Review compared the new communications director Anthony Scaramucci to the profane, testosterone-driven maniac salesman played by Alec Baldwin in the David Mamet movie “Glengarry Glen Ross.” What a week!
July 20, 2017: Exhaustion Equality | Teflon President | Tucker Raging
Happy Thursday. Remember when summer was sleepy? So this newsletter will tackle the big issues of the day, but before we get started we want to mention that one author of the newsletter is the mother of an Eagle Scout and the other a wife of an Eagle Scout. We would like to say that neither blame the Boy Scouts for President Trump’s injection of politics into his address at the Jamboree in West Virginia this week and that both remain as proud as ever of their family members' accomplishment.
July 10, 2017: Donald Jr. Center Stage | Tillerson Fail | Climate Denial Watch
1. Exhaustion Equality
Dear Readers, we thought it was just us, Blue State inhabitants, who were suffering from Trump fatigue, but we are increasingly seeing signs the other side’s energy is flagging, too. It is not just that Fox’s ratings and Breitbart’s readership may be ebbing, it’s that other frontline troops on the Right may also be wearying. The conservative blogger Erick Erickson posted this call for help Wednesday on his website, The Resurgent:
July 6, 2017: Korean War | CNN War | Mainstream Media War
Happy Monday. Russia is the story that just keeps on giving.
We have the latest reactions to everything from Donald Jr.’s escapades in collusion to our president’s suggestion that we share a cyber technology team with Russia. Also, do you know the difference between and a meteorologist and climatologist? If not, we explain below why it’s relevant. Finally, we profile The Donald -- not the man, the Reddit.
June 29, 2017: Healthcare Blues | Bias Wars: CNN, TMZ | Palin Laments
1. Get Ready for War
Is the Right ready for war? At times, in the last few days, it certainly seemed so.
The reaction was fierce in some quarters to North Korea’s launch Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range that experts said could reach Alaska.
June 26, 2017: Healthcare Rhetoric Heats Up | CNN Is Fake News | Bernie Double Standard
1. GOP Healthcare Blues
Facing a stalemate on Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on the Senate health-care bill until after the July 4 recess. While Mitch McConnell is known to be a master tactician, the Right media were skeptical that he could work his magic.
June 22, 2017: Can Pelosi | Otto Warmbier Mocked | Relax on Spicer
1. Forget the Medicaid Cuts. Be Nicer, Democrats.
Senate leaders finally unveiled their draft of the bill that would repeal Obamacare but it’s a bill that has been in trouble from the start. Just three Republican no votes would sink it, and it will be hard to make both conservative opponents and liberal opponents happy.
June 19, 2017: Liberals Self Injure | Witch Hunt Heretics | Happy Marriage Day
1. Let Us Help You in Your Time of Need
The Republicans were full of friendly advice for Democrats yesterday, the day after the GOP won the hotly contested special election in the Georgia 6th Congressional District. The advice? Lose Pelosi.
June 15, 2017: Alexandria Blame | Mueller Back Talk | Virginia’s Anti-Trump Message
1. The Left's Big Gift to the Right
The shooting of a Republican congressmen last week might have been a moment for all to acknowledge that political partisanship has become too toxic on both sides. We’ve seen not one sign, however, that the Red Media is taking responsibility for its own contributions to the hate fest. In fact, quite the opposite. But, sadly, through self-inflicted wounds -- i.e. the comedian Kathy Griffin holding the head of a decapitated Trump -- the Left has made it all too easy recently for its opponents to be self righteous.
June 12, 2017: Undermining Mueller | Tory Meltdown | NYT Assassinates Trump
1. Blame and Loathing in Alexandria
It didn’t take long. Soon after a gunman opened fire on members of a Republican congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Va., the Red Twittersphere was seething with blame. Who was responsible for a gunman gone mad? None other than the liberal media for vilifying Trump.
June 8, 2017: Trump Creepy, Not Criminal | Censorship Bias | Sessions Resignation
1. Mueller: Let the Undermining Begin
As we reported last week, even before the former F.B.I. director James Comey began speaking at the Senate Intelligence hearings on Thursday, the Right was preparing to assault his credibility. Since then, it has hammered away with any point that might undermine his credibility.
June 5, 2017: Paris ‘Revolution’ | Intern Terror Suspects | Kelly’s “Rough Start”
1. Comey: Trump Creepy, Not Criminal
The former F.B.I. director James Comey released his testimony yesterday before his much anticipated appearance this morning in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. If you were a liberal what you heard was that everything that has been reported in the press about Trump’s interference with Comey was correct.
1. Paris ‘Revolution’
In the wake of Trump’s pullout from the Paris climate accord, mayors and governors across the country pledged to make their own commitments to cut greenhouses gases. While this was largely regarded as a positive development in the Mainstream Media, some in the conservative media -- which, you would think, believe power should be exercised at a local level -- saw rebellion afoot. “Democrats plot ‘Revolution’ to circumvent Trump’s Paris decision,” whined a headline in The Daily Caller.