Sarah Posner

Sarah Posner is an investigative journalist, author, and an expert on the intersection of religion and politics. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The Nation, Salon, The Washington Post, and Religion Dispatches. Read more at her website, http://sarahposner.com.

 

Recent Articles

MITCH MCCONNELL IS SO CLEVER . . . AND FUN!

In his CPAC speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted that conservatives are more "interesting" and "fun" than liberals. Here's his proof: "who wants to hang out with guys like Paul Krugman and Robert Reich when you can be with Rush Limbaugh ?" --Sarah Posner

HUCKABEE: THE GOP IS LIKE JESUS.

Mike Huckabee stole the show today, as thousands of CPAC attendees, many of them college students, crammed the big ballroom to hear him talk about why John McCain lost the election the future of the conservative movement. Huckabee spared no criticism of the candidate he stumped for -- even lamenting, at one point, that he had campaigned for McCain even after the nominee voted for the bank bailout back in September. That "was not our best moment," said Huckabee, adding that it "would have been our best shot at winning the White House" if McCain had been a true conservative voice rather than "a meek 'me too' big government echo." Huckabee was off the rails with the socialism theme -- saying that Stalin and Lenin would have loved the TARP and stimulus bill and that the United States was becoming the "Union of American Socialist Republics." It's the new cold war, only the enemy is here at home. As is his shtick, Huckabee larded his speech with folksy tales of clean Arkansas living,...

SCARY THINGS IN CONSERVATIVES' HEADS: FOCA, REPEAL OF FAIRNESS DOCTRINE, SOCIALISM.

The recurring theme here at CPAC is that President Obama is the scariest thing to ever to happen to America. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are terrible in their own way, but Obama has exotic magical powers to pass legislation that hasn't been introduced, use the government to steal our money, ban Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves. Amazing! --Sarah Posner

THE FETUS THEORY OF ECONOMIC GROWTH.

Paul Ryan , the Republican Congressman from Wisconsin, was introduced this morning by the Heritage Foundation's Ed Feulner as the "future of the conservative movement," and Ryan rose to the occasion, I suppose, startling me back to the Reagan era, when communism was presented as the greatest threat to America's promise. Now, it's "European-style socialism," a term Ryan used repeatedly to strike fear in the hearts of all God-fearing conservatives. Although Ryan was well into the speech before he named the president, it was quite early in the speech when he named the House Speaker, which is like an easy joke in conservative circles. Her name was invoked solely to jeer at her assertion that including money for contraception in the stimulus bill would ultimately save the government money. "The pretense that babies are a drain on our financial resources has always been one of the uglier aspects of liberalism," Ryan said. "People are not cause of this downturn, people are the answer to...

IT'S CPAC, LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

I'm here at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, hoping to bring you some live-blogging from the year's most important gathering for charting the future of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. But, like last year, the wi-fi is spotty to nonexistent, but I'll my best try to bring you as much of the action as I can. So far, the mood, oddly, seems more ebullient than last year, when a dispirited pall hung over the place, particularly after Mitt Romney used the venue to drop out of the GOP presidential primary. Somehow the attendees seem energized by the prospect of a fight against "the most radical president ever elected in this country's history" ( John Bolten ) and against the creeping "European-style socialism" they believe is poised to take over the country. More on that in a moment, after I gather my thoughts on the first big speech of the morning, from Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan . --Sarah Posner

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