Tag Archives: Republican party

Authoritarianism and fear at the Trumpian GOP convention

Has there ever been a scarier, more authoritarian vision of politics than the one shown at the Republican convention in Cleveland? If so, I can’t remember it. The convention’s first night, dedicated to the theme of Make America Safe Again, promoted the ideas that crime has risen, immigrants are criminals and Clinton and Obama were […]

Why the GOP schism matters more than the Democratic divide

Are both parties divided? Well, to some extent, sure. Protestors in California shouted at Hillary Clinton and her supporters and your social media feed may be full of angry claims from some who so Feel the Bern that they don’t ever want to vote for Clinton. Meanwhile, the only living former Republican presidents announced they won’t […]

Why the Republican establishment is freaking out

After four months of Donald Trump leading Republican primary polls, 20 Republican leaders gathered over dinner last week to talk about an astonishing option for their national convention. According to The Washington Post, “several longtime Republican power brokers argued that if the controversial billionaire storms through the primaries, the party’s establishment must lay the groundwork […]

Maine GOP’s second attack on Chin’s Christianity

In all the writing on Republican attacks on Ben Chin’s Christian faith, attention has focused on one example in particular. Based on his reading of a blog post put up by the Maine GOP selectively quoting a sermon Ben Chin gave in Lewiston’s Trinity Episcopal Church, Lockman called Chin “an anti-Christian bigot” and said “Chin […]

Religious intolerance of Chin’s Christianity should be a step too far for Maine GOP

As a proud Jew, it feels a little odd to weigh in on comments about whether someone is a good Christian. As a citizen who loves this country and state, and as a scholar who knows how bias has harmed others and how our Constitution’s very first amendment protects free expression of religion and prohibits […]

Why conservatives shouldn’t want Paul Ryan to be House Speaker

After Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he wouldn’t run for Speaker of the House, some in his caucus cried. The upheaval and chaos was just too much. Now some conservatives say they want Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker, with Ryan reluctant to take on the position. That would be a huge mistake for […]

Will the Republicans who would be speaker choose to govern?

John Boehner may have cried publicly more often than most speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives, but he had no tears the day he revealed he would be stepping down from his lofty position and resigning from Congress. Republican dislike for governing got so bad it drove out the sitting speaker, who actually sang […]

LePage’s meetings with extremists make Buckley and Smith spin in their graves

Decades ago William F. Buckley and Margaret Chase Smith drew a bright line between legitimate conservatism and the extremist right. Speaking out against Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wisconsin, in 1950 Smith proclaimed, “As a Republican, I say to my colleagues on this side of the aisle that the Republican Party faces a challenge today that is […]