December 18, 2011 |
I was taken aback by a recent political ad from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, not just because the content is so vile and homophobic but because for years Perry has been dogged by rumors that he is gay. I don't mean "gay" in the playground pejorative sense, I mean that he's had to fend off talk that he's a closeted homosexual. These unsubstantiated rumors have followed Perry since 2004, when he had to deny having a homosexual affair in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. More recently this summer, Politico ran a story on the subject, comparing the perpetuation of those rumors to the fringe movement...
March 9, 2012 |
Among the numerous scary moments in HBO's "Game Change" - most having to do with how little vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin knew about current affairs or foreign policy - one stands out. "The news is no longer meant to be important," says Steve Schmidt, a top adviser for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. "It's just entertainment. " Schmidt goes on to explain what American politics has become: an over-funded machine that's more interested in finding a charismatic “star” to court the voters than someone with knowledge and...
November 4, 2012 |
Basically every prognosticator agrees that Tuesday's presidential election will come down to who will win the 18 electoral votes from my home state of Ohio. Some rail at the silliness of this situation, but I love it. It makes an Ohioan feel like the Buckeye belle of the ball. This weekend, first lady Michelle Obama was in my hometown of Gambier. The week before, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in my grandparents' town of Kettering. And a few weeks before that, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited my roommate's hometown of New Philadelphia.
September 10, 2012 |
I went to both Springsteen concerts at Wrigley this past weekend, and I'm a journalist and I'm a reporter, and I got something to report: they were both just totally f***ing sick. Like hemorrhoids in your breakfast cereal sick. Like the 1919 flu pandemic sick. Like hantavirus sick. Not only did Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morrello play all his absolutely sick guitar solos from “Wrecking Ball” but Chicago's own Eddie Vedder appeared both nights to join Springsteen on “Atlantic City” and...