October 1, 2012 |
Robert W. Patterson is editor of the public-policy journal the Family in America When Sen. John Kerry sought to unseat President George W. Bush eight years ago, journalist Thomas Frank thought he could help the challenger from Massachusetts. In a 2004 bestseller, What's the Matter With Kansas? , Frank claimed Republicans were playing dirty tricks by leveraging cultural "wedge" issues to dupe voters in his native state from voting their economic interests - in other words, for Democrats.
February 5, 2015
LET'S TALK ABOUT two who'll never be president: Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Both show up in a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday. Both trail Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by 20 points. And that's because, if you listen to them lately, both still play to states that run north/south in the middle of the country. I know polling for a race a year away is mostly a test of name ID. I don't buy the inevitability of Hillary in 2016 just as I didn't in 2008. But two things I'm fairly certain of: Candidates with limited regional support can't win the White House; and candidates consistently selling intolerance and self-righteousness shouldn't win the White House.
April 13, 2012 |
A LOT OF PEOPLE were smiling Tuesday afternoon. People who excel at irony and sarcasm, especially when writing about a certain breed of conservative. People who think that talking about "good" and "evil" as if they were quantitative, tangible things is a sign of mental illness. People who pretend to tolerate differences, but only when those differences don't offend their own personal sense of fairness. When Rick Santorum announced that he was abandoning his campaign at the most sacred site in Pennsylvania, you had the sense that there was joy in newsrooms and campaign headquarters and colleges across the Keystone State.
June 9, 2012 |
I probably wasn't the only one who braced for a backlash after the NAACP followed President Obama's lead and came out with a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. How could I not? As a black Christian, I've seen the eye-rolling disapproval among plenty of fellow believers. I've heard the self-righteous vestibule chatter, felt the thick tension in the sanctuary when pastors mention homosexuality from the pulpit — if they dare. I'm not saying African Americans have cornered the market on the gay-marriage debate.
October 26, 2012
RICHARD Mourdock, a conservative Republican who is favored to win a U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, pulled a Todd Akin on Monday night, pontificating that pregnancies from rape or incest are "something God intended" - and therefore the victims should not be able to obtain abortions. But this time, the reaction of the Republican Party establishment was quite different from the reaction to Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's assertion in August that, if a rape is "legitimate" (that is, the woman didn't secretly want it)
March 21, 2013
I'M A SUCKER for long-shot candidates running campaigns that seem to stem more from political fiction than any reality. As such, I cannot ignore one Max Myers, who is now officially running for governor. How much of a long shot is he? Well, the only reason he has a prayer is that he's an ordained minister. How unusual is his campaign? He's a Pentecostal minister from central Pennsylvania running as a Democrat. He's traveling the state on an announcement tour that started Monday in Philly at the William Way LGBT Community Center and ends Wednesday at an Allentown brewery.
May 14, 2012 |
Focusing on wrong issues First, let me say that I couldn't care less whom a person marries. On the list of issues in this country, gay marriage is probably about No. 12,454. Yet it has been on the front page of every newspaper and the lead story on all TV news shows for the last week ("Obama backs same-sex marriage," Thursday). I can understand President Obama wanting it that way, given the $15 trillion debt, the $1.5 trillion annual deficit, the high unemployment rate, a failed strategy in the Middle East, and 50 percent of the population paying no federal income tax in an ever-expanding entitlement society.
February 16, 2012 |
DETROIT - On a day when General Motors trumpeted record profits, Rick Santorum said that the auto industry would have done as well or better if the federal government, under the last two administrations, had not intervened to save the industry. Declaring himself an enemy of all federal bailouts, the former senator noted that Mitt Romney, his leading opponent in this state's crucial primary, had supported the Bush administration's TARP lifeline to Wall Street but had opposed the federal investment in GM and Chrysler.
June 17, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's small-town bus tour of swing states rolled across Pennsylvania Saturday, allowing the Republican presidential candidate to campaign as the champion of the middle class in picturesque, everyday American settings. Romney dodged a group of about 250 Democratic protesters, led by former Gov. Ed Rendell, by diverting from a scheduled stop at a Quakertown Wawato another Wawa three miles. The abrupt schedule change gave a taste of the fight ahead in what is likely to be a close presidential campaign, where every move is contested by one side or the other.