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In yesterday's Supreme Court oral argument about gay marriage, it seemed like the justices thought all the lawyers held untenable positions. That may be the nature of this process, where the jurists test the weak points of each argument, but it seemed particularly true in this case.Charles Cooper, arguing on behalf of those who want to preserve California's ban on gay marriage, got some deeply skeptical questions from Justice Elena Kagan.  Cooper strangely centered his case on the idea that traditional marriage must be the only legally-...

March 27, 2013

Do Americans really want smaller government? Pollster Andrew Kohut recently made that observation in a larger analysis of public attitudes about the Republican Party, but I'm suspicious. I think the numbers reflect a cynicism about politics, and partisanship, but not a desire for fewer government programs and services. Kohut notes that five years ago the percent of Americans preferring "smaller government and fewer services" was about the same as those preferring "bigger government and more services," 45% for the former and 43% for the latter....

March 25, 2013

Christine Beisel, editor of The Bigger Hammer, has created an entertaining new trailer for the film. This new reel includes more of the commentators who are featured in the movie, including Obama media chief Jim Margolis, senior Democratic advisor Penny Lee, and American University professor Steven Taylor.  Click on The Bigger Hammer logo at the top of this page to see the new trailer. 

March 22, 2013

Libertarianism is an attractive philosophy for a lot of people, particularly younger voters.  There's so much cynicism about government that an approach which uniformly demands less of it seems smart. Libertarians also promise to remove many of the annoying restrictions that touch our everyday lives. They would repeal laws that prevent us from making personal choices on issues from gambling to drugs to sexual behavior. But like other philosophies that seem attractive in theory, many of the tenets of modern Libertarianism don't transfer well from...

March 21, 2013

"He was warm, funny, self-deprecating — all the things that as a candidate he was not." That's how Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson described Mitt Romney's speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee conference this week. It's the sort of line spoken about almost every failed presidential candidate right after they lose. Usually, we hear that description of the candidate's concession speech on election night. The loser is gracious, funny, and relaxed; everything the talking heads wanted him to be during the campaign. It's...

March 20, 2013

There's been a lot of criticism of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) for not inviting Republican Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bob McDonnell of Virginia to their annual conference this week. But the critics are wrong -- there's nothing inappropriate about CPAC's decision. Christie was excluded for supposedly over-praising President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy and agreeing to expand Medicaid, and McDonnell was shunned for including some new taxes in his transportation plan. It may seem self-defeating for...

March 15, 2013

Yesterday there were two announcements from Europe concerning our relationship with God. One was the election of the new Pope, Francis I, and the other was a statement from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) confirming their discovery of the "God particle," the Higgs boson. They represent two not-quite-conflicting theories of the universe, and a deep divide in our society and politics. People who see organized religion as the best path to understanding the world, and the ultimate guide for making choices in life, do not quite...

March 14, 2013

Mitt and Ann Romney gave an interview to Fox News this weekend, and it showed how much the would-be first couple remains in a bubble of their own making.  

Since the election, the Romney campaign has been critiqued for having made decisions based on inaccurate information provided by the conservative media. They famously embraced poll numbers that were at odds with the vast majority of public polls, and they seems to think issues like Benghazi were resonating with the public because they were hot topics on Fox News.

Now, after a...

March 05, 2013