Tag: George W. Bush

A Segregated Selfie

Am I the only person who thinks House Speaker Paul Ryan’s whites-only intern photo was just slightly more disturbing than Iowa imbecile Steve King’s statement supporting supremacy? I expect boorish, bigoted behavior from Rep. King, who once infamously declared that undocumented immigrants have “calves the size of cantaloupes” as a result of their alleged devotion… Read more »

The Fox News Channel’s Culture of Chauvinism

Two weeks ago, I noted the 25th anniversary of President George H. W. Bush’s notorious nomination of Clarence Thomas to replace Justice Thurgood Marshall on the United States Supreme Court. You may recall this anecdote from Jeffrey Toobin’s 1993 New Yorker profile of Thomas: Thomas can no longer take runs along the [National] Mall, as… Read more »

Brain-Free Zones

Will the 2016 Republican National Convention set a new record for the largest collection of losers in one arena? This year’s catastrophe in Cleveland will not be uniquely disastrous, only because the quadrennial event has always been a hot mess. Can you think of one GOP convention in recent history that didn’t display the worst… Read more »

Those Who Do Not Learn from History

Look how much has changed–and how much has not. It was fifteen years ago today that President George W. Bush, flanked by Vice President Dick Cheney, spoke in the Rose Garden and defied right-wing ideology by acknowledging that human-caused climate change was real. It was a frustrating speech in many respects, filled with the usual… Read more »

George W. Bush, On the Ballot Again

One early summer day in 2000 I was summoned to the Oval Office along with several other White House staffers to get instructions from President Bill Clinton on what he wanted to say in his upcoming speech at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, a speech I was assigned to cowrite. But the president… Read more »