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Republican craziness watch

The latest fellow “Fellow Conservative” email to reach my inbox is an indication of how the hard righwing of the Republican party– having tasted blood with the announced resignation of House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner– is starting to lose its collective mind.
An outfit called The Madison Project is looking to fund an effort to [...]

“I boycotted the Pope, so send me money”

I’ve received yet another “Fellow Conservative” email, this one from Republican Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona.

I wonder if he’s feeling a little foolish since the news came out that Pope Francis met privately with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who was briefly jailed after she refused to comply with a federal court order [...]

Ann Coulter on the “f—ing Jews”

A reminder that when you press some people on the Right, their true colors can emerge– as happened with Ann Coulter during her live tweeting of the Republican presidential candidates’ debate Wednesday night.

It’s interesting to see how much support she got from her fans for the “f—ing Jews” tweet.
Update: Now #IStandWithAnn is trending on Twitter. [...]

Bill Kristol on expunging

Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard (a leading journal of mainstream conservatism in the US), thinks the Confederacy and the people who fought for it have been getting an unfair rap in recent days.
The Left's 21st century agenda: expunging every trace of respect, recognition or acknowledgment of Americans who fought for the Confederacy.
— Bill [...]

Texas state rep to Muslims: pledge allegiance to America or stay out of my office

There was a time not so long ago when Republicans actively sought the votes of American Muslims and won big majorities among them.
In 2000 the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council endorsed George Bush over Al Gore and Ralph Nader.
Shortly after Bush’s inauguration Kerri Houston of the American Conservative Union said that Muslim voters delivered Florida [...]

GOP African-American/Jewish outreach watch

Not only has it been revealed that Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the third leading Republican in the US House of Representatives, addressed a conference of a white nationalist group organized by David Duke in 2002 (here’s a photo of one of his fellow conference speakers), but he made some remarkable comments about Duke when the [...]

Did Castro regime and Daily Caller combine in smear effort?

Robert Menendez is a US senator from New Jersey, a liberal Democrat and chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, who happens to be an outspoken opponent of the Castro regime in Cuba.
In November 2012, when Menendez was running for reelection, the conservative website the Daily Caller published claims by two women in the Dominican Republic [...]

Unprovoked attack by neo-nazis at London music festival

My attention has been drawn to this worrying story which does not seem to have been picked up by the mainstream media.
One man has been stabbed after a group of “neo-Nazi Polish fascists” attacked a free music event in Tottenham, north London.
Officers were called following reports of a disturbance at Markfield Recreation Ground on 21 June [...]

Political shocker in Virginia

This is the most stunning result so far of the political year in the US.
Eric Cantor, the House of Representatives Majority Leader and the second most powerful Republican (after Speaker John Boehner) in the House, has lost his party’s nomination in Virginia’s Seventh District to Dave Brat, an economics professor who ran with tea party [...]

Putin envy on the American Right

Last fall I posted about how Vladimir Putin (with his unapologetic anti-gay policies and his supposed defense of “Christian values”) was making some American conservatives weak at the knees.
Paleocon Pat Buchanan especially was in full swoon:

While much of American and Western media dismiss him as an authoritarian and reactionary, a throwback, Putin may be seeing [...]