Another Grand Explanation of Obama

From First Thoughts

We live in a time of grand explanations of Obama—Dinesh D’Souza’s post-colonialism, Stanley Kurtz’s socialism, and James Kloppenburg’s pragmatism have all come to the fore recently. Now Sean Wilentz throws his hat in the ring. Our President is (or was) the leader of a . . . . Continue Reading »

More Midterm Analysis

From First Thoughts

There’s much being said and written about the midterm elections (you can thank me later for not [yet, at least] adding my own voice to the cacophony). Right now, I’m just going to note a few pieces I just read, thanks to RealClearReligion . First, there’s the garden-variety . . . . Continue Reading »

Pseudo-Psephology

From First Thoughts

Since I have a Ph.D. in political science (albeit from a Canadian university), some people expect me to know something about voting behavior. At this time of year, I try not to embarrass myself too badly. With that in mind, I promise to make some not too poorly informed comments on this site in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Dollars for Scholars

From First Thoughts

One of the more promising innovations in state-level education policy has been the establishment of programs that encourage privately-funded scholarships for students attending private and religious elementary and secondary schools.  Avoiding the hotly-contested political terrain of vouchers, . . . . Continue Reading »

More on Conservatives and War

From First Thoughts

Via Jonah Goldberg, I have more from Corey Robin on his original essay , which is apparently the short version of a longer academic article. (Robin’s comments are #44 and #46 in the list of responses.) You can read my original post here . Here are the most relevant snippets from his comments: . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Conservatives Love War?

From First Thoughts

I was working my way through my inbox this morning when I came across this piece . Conservatives, I was told, just love war: Violence, the conservative maintains, is one of the experiences in life that makes us feel alive, and violence, particularly warfare, is an activity that makes life, well, . . . . Continue Reading »

Aqua Buddha

From First Thoughts

By now, you have probably seen, or at least heard of , this ad: I have no idea what Rand Paul did when he was an undergraduate at Baylor University, but I doubt that he ever seriously worshipped false idols.  (Full disclosure: when I was young and cynical, and as yet unacquainted with that . . . . Continue Reading »