Ed Kilgore

Tar Heel Pioneer

or an astonishing thirty years, Jesse Helms embodied conservative extremism in the U.S. Senate and the Republican Party; even in his “mellow” final term, ending in 2003, his rare nod toward mainstream opinion served only to highlight the rest of his wildly reactionary views. But was he a political outlier, as his frequent battles with… Read more »

The Strategist of Small Things

f Microtrends had been published under the name of coauthor E. Kinney Zalesne rather than Mark Penn, it would probably have been a quiet best-seller with a cult following. Instead, it’s being evaluated, for better or worse, as a glimpse into the mind of Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist and pollster. And in many progressive circles,… Read more »

Cross Purposes

To people outside the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA), the recent saga of internal and external recriminations over the ordination of Gene Robinson, an openly and non-celibate gay priest, as bishop of New Hampshire, is usually understood in the familiar secular language of liberalism and conservatism, of progress and tradition, and… Read more »

Kick em while theyre down

Congratulations, my fellow donkeys! Not that long ago, plenty of smart people thought that gerrymandering guaranteed a Republican House until 2012 and that the red-state/blue-state divide guaranteed a Republican Senate until, oh, 2112. But you proved them wrong and won not only Congress, but a majority of the governorships to boot. Take some time off… Read more »

Enough with the fratricide

Fellow donkeys, I feel your pain. Like you, I could taste that victory right up until the terribly disappointing deal went down. Like you, I wonder if we are just snake-bit or suffering the wages of sin for long-past Democratic malfeasance. Like you, I feel a burning L on my forehead, and that dont mean… Read more »