Tag Archives: partisanship

What Bruce Poliquin’s ear buds tell us about American politics

By now, the story of Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s dash into a bathroom and reemergence with ear buds has become the subject of mocking humor, with editorial cartoons depicting the congressman hiding out to avoid reporters. But Poliquin’s actions go beyond political comedy, absurdity or timidity. Poliquin’s ear-budded refusal to divulge his position on Trumpcare until […]

In polarized times, who do we politically despise?

In the song “National Brotherhood Week” Tom Lehrer rhapsodized, “It’s fun to eulogize those we despise.” “All of my folks hate all of your folks. It’s American as apple pie.” A new, extensive Pew study on political polarization shows that reality is getting closer to that poetic license. Polarization is increasing all around. But one finding […]

Short hits: Bad advice, real opportunity, and the contentious Maine GOP convention

1. Richard Cohen has more foolish advice. Cohen says Barack Obama should read Caro’s new volume on Lyndon Johnson to either “teach him how to be president” or to “teach him how to be a better president.” What should Obama take from Johnson’s life? It’s to play golf with more people. After all, says Cohen, “Johnson, in […]