Bob Moser

Bob Moser is senior editor at National Journal and author of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority (Times Books). He is the former editor of The Texas Observer, senior editor/writer at The Nation, and executive editor of The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Of Ferns and Bellwethers

Pity the poor political pundit. We're eight months away from a mid-term election that will likely change nothing in the partisan political balance, the Conservative Political Action Conference and its clown car of presidential contenders has closed up shop, the do-nothing Congress persists in doing nothing—but even so, clickable content must be concocted. And so, today, we have much (much, much) ado about ... ferns and bellwethers. In case you've been in a blissful media-free zone all day, the headline news of the day is that President Obama went on Zack Galifianakis's faux talk show, "Between the Ferns." The commander-in-chief did a respectable job of deadpanning and "droning" on about healthcare.gov. If you are so inclined, you can read virtually identical reviews and analyses of the six-minute spot at several million outlets including The New York Times , TPM , US News , Politico , HuffPo , CNN , and, just to arbitrarily stop the list right here, The American Prospect . Cliff's...

Daily Meme: Love, Tolerance, and CPAC

For the millions of American reality-show junkies who just can't wait for the return of 2012's most outrageous hit show—the Republican presidential debates—this week's Conservative Political Action Conference has offered a tantalizing sneak preview. Just about every potential 2016 cast member was in D.C.—and everybody had something to prove. For Chris Christie, excluded last year but invited back now that he's being "attacked" by the media—instant conservative cred!—had to show he could get the 'wingers on their feet. Which, Christie being Christie, was a snap, especially with guaranteed-to-please counterfactuals like this one about Democrats: “They’re the party of intolerance. Not us.” (And hey, if you doubt for a second that Republicans are indeed the lonely beacons of open-mindedness in this land, check out the instantly famous photo of the near-empty conference room where they held their minority outreach panel on Thursday .) Bobby Jindal, who's trying to prove that being detested...

Daily Meme: The Slippery Slope to Sodom

Stupid, thoughtless, socialistic atheist types might view yesterday's veto of a "gay Jim Crow" measure by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer as a simple nod to pragmatism , considering the national outcry against the bill, which would have made it legal to refuse service to same-sex couples. But the far right knows the real score: Brewer is just the latest casualty of a national menace. As Rush Limbaugh put it, Brewer was " bullied by the homosexual lobby ." Bullying is wrong, of course, and gay people really must stop picking on people with twice their rights. But the growing threat of gay bullies is only a small part of a far larger—heck, existential—problem. As Tea Party Nation's Judson Phillips declared, post-veto: "Tyranny is on the march!" America's historically oppressed Christians are once again the victims, as Fox News Business host Todd Starnes tweeted: "AZ Gov. Jan Brewer makes Christians in her state second-class citizens." Who could doubt now that the "Jihad of Sodomy ," which...

Daily Meme: Kansas Is For Haters

Back in the day, if you wanted to locate the quintessence of American intolerance and backwardness, you had to look South—the deeper South, the better. But the Alabamas and Mississippis are now looking relatively fair-minded and rational compared to the nation's new standard-bearer of hatred and stupidity: once-moderate Kansas. This week's lead item from the one-time home of reasonable Republicans like Dwight Eisenhower and Bob Dole: a bill to legalize discrimination against gay couples passed the state house, and will likely soon become law. Not only would the bill let private business refuse service to gays and lesbians if such people offend their "religious beliefs" , it would—even more shockingly—allow state government employees—ambulance drivers, for instance, or social-service workers—to do the same. The upshot, as Prospect alumnus Jamelle Bouie puts it, amounts to nothing short of " anti-gay Jim Crow . " As Chris Johnson notes at the Washington Blade , the Kansas atrocity is...

Daily Meme: Biden and the Bidening Bideners

Yesterday, Vice President Biden made mini-news by telling CNN he'll announce next summer whether he'll make a third run for the top job: “There may be reasons I don't run," he said, "but there's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run." Of course, nearly everyone else can think of one teeny-tiny obvious reason why he might want to think twice: a certain fellow senior citizen who's already got half of America's super PACs raising gazillions for her. There's also those pesky early polls: The Washington Post recently found Biden's support among Dems to be 12 percent— not so terrible, except that Hillary Clinton tallied 73 percent. But Biden swears he'll base his call on ... well, let's let him explain, which is always more enjoyable: “ For me the decision to run, or not to run, is going to be determined by me, as to whether I am the best qualified perso n to focus on the two things I’ve spent my whole life on: giving ordinary people a fighting change to make it, and a sound...

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