You better accept the “nice” misogynists, ladies, or you’ll force us to run really gross ones!

Right wing dude barfed this “wisdom” up about Trump, in the wake of recent further revelations of what a nasty, rapey scumbag the GOP Presidential nominee is. Mitt Romney: Faithful family man.Stands by wife with M.S.Went out of his way to hire women.Polite, G-rated. Dems: "WAR ON WOMEN!!!" — Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 7, 2016 […]

Anatomy of the “both sides do it” strategy

At long last, it appears that the Birther conspiracy is enough of an embarrassment to the GOP that they are not only dropping what seemed to be an official position of tacit tolerance, if not encouragement of it. Republicans are now actively distancing themselves from it and the way you can tell for certain they […]

There is no “Republican establishment” and the GOP Presidential slate proves it

Nothing drives me up the wall these days more than pundits (including many on the putative “liberal” cable news network) engaging in endless, pointless dissections of the GOP and pondering if the “Tea Party fringe” is winning over the “moderate, establishment wing” or vice versa. Stop it, pundits. There is no “Republican establishment” today. None. […]

Clean Elections could not possibly have caused SB1062

This FiveThrirtyEight piece has been getting passed around by both opponents of Clean Elections operating in bad faith and by well-meaning people who think it’s legitimate because it’s on Nate Silver’s site. In 2010, Arizona enacted an immigration law so stringent that the U.S. Supreme Court was forced to intervene. Four years later, the governor […]

Well heeled “yokels”

Last week Gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones got national attention for revealing her comedic and musical stylings, along with her ignorance, at a performance at a fundraiser for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In addition to her song, a tune from the musical “Wicked” that at one point she forgot the lyrics to, Jones managed to make an […]

Unpacking the election

As in 2008, last night was a bittersweet night for Arizona progressives. A Presidential victory and good Senate race outcome nationwide but not so much here. Let’s take on some of the bitter first: Dr. Rich Carmona’s loss to Congressman Jeff Flake wasn’t surprising since he was behind in the polls, but it was a […]

The pitfalls of thinking that “moderate” Republicans will save us

In his blog yesterday, AZ Republic columnist Bob Robb noted that Sen. Jerry Lewis, who is running as a moderate Republican in the newly redistricted LD26 (Tempe/Mesa) switched his no vote to a yes on the bill that put Prop 120 on the ballot. Referred to the ballot by the Legislature, Prop. 120 tries to […]