Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

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Republicans Aren't Reality Based.

Michael Gerson is outraged by President Obama 's claim that the Democratic Party believes in "facts, and science, and argument:" Obama clearly believes that his brand of politics represents "facts and science and argument." His opponents, in disturbing contrast, are using the more fearful, primitive portion of their brains. Obama views himself as the neocortical leader -- the defender, not just of the stimulus package and health-care reform but also of cognitive reasoning. His critics rely on their lizard brains -- the location of reptilian ritual and aggression. Some, presumably Democrats, rise above their evolutionary hard-wiring in times of social stress; others, sadly, do not. Though there is plenty of competition, these are some of the most arrogant words ever uttered by an American president. Daniel Larison gives Gerson a full bar for this nonsense, but he doesn't deserve it; it doesn't take much to show that the Republican Party is nothing but contemptuous of empirical reality...

States Work to Stop Domestic Abuse.

In a welcome bit of state-based good news, lawmakers and authorities in New Jersey and Massachusetts are mulling new laws that would increase the rights and protection of domestic-violence victims, and provide law-enforcement officers with new, pro-victim guidelines for bringing domestic-violence perpetrators to justice. Here is New Jersey: One measure in the three-bill package would impose tougher bail conditions for those accused of violating domestic violence-related restraining. The others would extend protections for domestic abuse victims who have had to break leases and create a self-defense justification — in some cases — for victims who use force to protect themselves from abusers. The Judiciary Committee approved all three measures Thursday, and they now head to the full Assembly for its consideration. Dates for those votes have not yet been scheduled, but officials say it could happen by month’s end. And here is Massachusetts: State public-safety officials and anti-domestic...

Money Ain't a Thang?

To piggyback off of Scott 's post, this is a really poor effort by David Brooks : In the end, however, money is a talisman. It makes people feel good because they think it has magical properties. It probably helps in local legislative races where name recognition is low. It probably helps challengers get established. But these days, federal races are oversaturated. Every federal candidate in a close race has plenty of money and the marginal utility of each new dollar is zero. This point would be a little more convincing if Brooks hadn't spent the preceding 800 hundred words misrepresenting facts about partisan and independent campaign expenditures. As Glenn Greenwald noted , Brooks vastly understates the amount of money being spent by groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove 's American Crossroads: As the NYT reported on October 12: "The Chamber will most likely meet its fund-raising goal of $75 million, more than double what it spent on the 2008 campaign, Republican...

Sharron Angle as Michael Scott.

This Sharron Angle gaffe reminds me of the brilliant " Diversity Day " episode of The Office : "So that's what we want is a secure and sovereign nation, and, you know, I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don't know that," she told Rancho High School's Hispanic Student Union on Friday. "What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I'm evidence of that. I've been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly." The only way to make sense of this is to assume that -- like Michael Scott -- Angle is desperate to show her colorblindness and non-racism. Of course, the irony is that in attempting to demonstrate his lack of bigotry, Scott reveals his deep-seated and incredible prejudice. Likewise, Angle's vocal colorblindness stands in contrast to her obvious race-baiting. It would be hilarious, if she didn't have an even shot at becoming a...

The Onion Loves Joe Biden.

The Joe Biden vice presidency has been very good for The Onion : Presumably, this retreat took place after Biden took some time off to cool his heels in Mexico. -- Jamelle Bouie