Chris Hayes ' new article in The Nation about the mythical NAFTA Superhighway's populist backlash is interesting both for its exploration of the politics of paranoia and the nuanced manner in which Hayes approaches his subject:
GOD, GUNS, AND ABORTION (AND RUDY GIULIANI).Peter J. Boyer's examination of Rudy Giuliani's surprisingly successful bid for conservative voters is a pretty interesting read. It starts off in South Carolina:
The lobby opens at either end to the state’s two legislative chambers, which, in March, ratified an amendment to the state constitution that bans not only gay marriage but gay civil unions. That month, the state house of representatives also passed a bill requiring any woman considering abortion to reflect upon an ultrasound image of the fetus.
THE TWO SIDES OF AMERICAN POPULISM. I think Yuval Levin is mostly correct when he writes, "Populism for most of American history has tended to be very culturally conservative, and indeed the poor (or 'the common folks' to whom populism is generally directed) have tended to be cultural conservatives." This is an interesting starting point for a discussion of contemporary Democratic populism.
TAP: AS BAD AS SCOTT BEAUCHAMP. Who, it turned out, wasn't actually so bad. But such trivial details do not hinder bastions of conservative intellect like the National Review's blog from denigrating another liberal source: The American Prospect. In fact. "As the Beauchamp scandal winds down," Michael Rubinwrites, "it's important to realize that outright fabrication for the sake of politics is not uncommon." Apparently Mark Goldbergmade fun of him in The Prospect a few years ago.
DUKES OF JIHADIST HAZZARD. Two Muslim men were pulled over Saturday in South Carolina because they were speeding. News sources report:
DeWitt said the men were pulled over Saturday night on U.S. Highway 176 while driving more than 60 mph in a 45-mph zone. When an officer approached the car, he saw one of them men fold a laptop computer, which the officer believed was suspicious, DeWitt said.
The officer asked them if he could search the car, which the men agreed to. When he asked if there was anything in the car he should know about, the men said there were fireworks in the trunk.