Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman is a contributing editor for the Prospect and the author of Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.

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Talking About Lying Liars and Their Lying Lies.

Our local public radio station here in Washington recently booted one of my favorite shows, On the Media, off their regular schedule and relegated it to 5 a.m. on Saturdays, on one of their HD channels that I'm sure almost no one listens to even at times when people are awake. Which is too bad, because On the Media is a terrific program. How terrific? So terrific they actually invite me on every once in a while.

Here's an interview I did with them that aired over the weekend, talking about this column, about what kinds of lies get candidates in trouble.

More on Impeachment.

The thing about the possibility of a Republican House impeaching President Obama is this: The more you think about it, the more likely it seems. Not because it's definitely going to happen but because thinking about it allows one to come up with all kinds of horrific scenarios. Here's Kevin Drum's:

What Is a "Tea Party Candidate"?

The New York Times today does its best to get a handle on all these Tea Party candidates, and it's an admirable service. But the way it fails tells us a lot about what the Tea Party is now, and its eventual fate.

As the article starts throwing around numbers about how many Tea Party candidates there are and what their chances are, you start asking, "How are they defining this?" And here's the answer:

What Are You Talking About?

I haven't been doing it as much lately, but there was a time when I would regularly go on radio and television to debate conservatives on one issue or another. One of the simple tactics I used was to ask my opposing number to get specific about whatever sweeping claim they were making. Simply saying, "Can you tell us what exactly you're talking about?" was often enough to win the argument, because as often as not there really wasn't anything in particular.

One Pill Makes You Larger, and One Pill Makes You Small

If we know one thing about Nancy Pelosi, it's that she's a hippie. Sure, she wears designer suits and lives in a really, really nice house in Pacific Heights, but you know where that is, don't you? San Francisco. As any good Republican knows, that's about as far as you can get from Real America. This is an argument Republicans make with some regularity, and here (via Ben Smith) is the latest attempt. Only this time, it comes from a Democrat, Rep. Jim Marshall of Georgia: