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  • This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous (says a liberal writer)

    08/16/2014 1:51:00 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 55 replies
    They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting — which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question — make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is.
  • President Romney Basks in Latest Triumph

    05/29/2014 2:30:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 5/29 | Jonathan Chait
    When the history of this presidency is written, it will record that bold, progressive reforms dramatically reshaped the face of government, thanks to the vision, creativity, and political will of one man. And that man is Mitt Romney. President Obama already has Gina McCarthy, who designed Romney’s cap-and-trade program in Massachusetts, running the Environmental Protection Agency for him. Coral Davenport reports today that the administration’s new regulations of power plants, due for release Monday, will be designed to expand the structure Romney built: As governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Romney was a key architect of a cap-and-trade program in nine northeastern...
  • Lynn Cheney Has New Clinton Conspiracy Theory

    05/07/2014 12:25:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    Lynn Cheney has a theory about why Monica Lewinsky wrote a long Vanity Fair essay about her experience with Bill Clinton: It’s because the Clintons wanted it. Cheney explains her suspicions. “I really wonder if this isn’t an effort on the Clintons’ part to get that story out of the way,” Cheney, announced on an interview on Fox News. “Would Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton didn’t want in Vanity Fair?” There may be a couple of holes in this theory. The first is that, while it does account for the Clinton’s motivations, it fails to...
  • American Politics: Not Just for White People

    04/18/2014 3:32:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/18 | Jonathan Chait
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Bladensburg High School April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Maryland. Last weekend, I appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry’s weekend MSNBC show to discuss my cover story on racial politics. It was … not quite what I expected. The segment lasted 12 and a half minutes, and Harris-Perry spent almost half that time on an extended soliloquy about how I am wrong, only allowing me to join the discussion about my story for the second half. There was also a panel following that segment, consisting of four panelists who agree with Harris-Perry and none...
  • Rand Paul’s Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Paul’s project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administration’s drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • The Color of His Presidency

    04/07/2014 10:48:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 6, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Optimists hoped Obama would usher in a new age of racial harmony. Pessimists feared a surge in racial strife. Neither was right. But what happened instead has been even more invidious. A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maher’s HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a let’s-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way...
  • Why Letting Everyone Keep Their Health-Care Plan Is a Terrible Idea (0bama Knows Best Alert)

    11/01/2013 12:27:27 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 11/1/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    The current furor over President Obama’s broken “keep your plan” promise confusingly melds together two very different claims. The first is a simple question of accuracy and honesty: Obama made a promise about his legislation, the promise has not come true, and a certain level of abuse is deserved. (Karl Rove huffs, “This is a serious breach of trust with the American people.” And you know that Karl Rove takes breaches of presidential trust with the utmost seriousness.) The justifiable scrutiny of Obama’s veracity has melded seamlessly into a second and very different claim: That Obama’s broken promise is not...
  • Republican Hatred for Obamacare Undermined by Republican Hatred for Soccer

    09/12/2013 12:07:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    D.C. United, a Major League Soccer team, is going to be helping to publicize Obamacare's new exchange. Wait, you may be asking — how can this be happening? Earlier this summer, the Obama administration, attempting to copy a Massachusetts campaign to use the Red Sox to publicize Romneycare, floated a plan to enlist the National Football League to raise awareness of the new health care exchanges. In response, Republican leaders sent a threatening letter to the NFL warning it to stay out. And, for good measure, it sent the same letter to all the other major leagues: Major League Baseball,...
  • Mitch McConnell Realizes IRS Scandal Is Over

    06/21/2013 12:29:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 108 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/21/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today at the American Enterprise Institute to officially signal that the IRS scandal has entered its post-fact phase. When the IRS first revealed that its Cincinnati office had attempted to enforce its nonprofit laws using a search function that disproportionately impacted conservatives, Republicans were certain it must have come from the White House. They were going to follow the facts. But all of the facts point in the same direction, which is that the Obama administration had nothing to do with it at all. That was the conclusion of the agency’s inspector-general report, as well...
  • Is Rand Paul’s Love of Ayn Rand a ‘Conspiracy’? (Chait: Why Ayn Rand is Evil)

    06/20/2013 12:48:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 147 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    My item on Rand Paul the other day, predictably, went over quite badly in the libertarian community. The Insomniac Libertarian, in an item wonderfully headlined “Obama Quisling Jonathan Chait Smears Rand Paul,” complains that my Paul piece “never discloses that [my] wife is an Obama campaign operative.” A brief annotated response: 1. I question the relevance of the charge, since Rand Paul is not running against Obama. 2. In point of fact, my wife is not an Obama campaign operative and has never worked for Obama’s campaign, or his administration, or volunteered for his campaign, or any campaign, and does...
  • Why 2012 Postmortems Overstate Republican Woes

    04/04/2013 11:10:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 4, 2013 | Sean Trende
    Since the 2012 elections, there’s been an extended debate over the strength of the current Democratic majority and the future viability of the Republican Party. I’ve long argued that these postmortems are overwrought, and nothing about the results altered that. After all, the demographic changes in that election were more attributable to a surprisingly large number of white voters staying home (fewer whites voted last year than in 2004, despite steady growth in absolute numbers) than to any rapid growth in minority votes. The GOP performed about as well in November as we would have expected given the state of the...
  • Why Do Liberals Keep Sanitizing the Obama Story?

    11/22/2011 4:30:53 PM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 22 2011 | Conor Friedersdorf
    When I pleaded with liberals to stop ignoring President Obama's failures on civil liberties, foreign policy, and the separation of powers, treating them as if they didn't even merit a mention, the quintessential example of the troubling phenomenon hadn't yet been published. Now it has. In New York, one of America's premier magazines, Jonathan Chait, a sharp, experienced political writer, has penned a 5,000 word essay purporting to defend the president's first term. It is aimed at liberal critics who, in Chait's telling, naively expected too much. Tellingly, as Chait writes for affluent urban liberals who railed against the Bush...
  • JournoList: 65 Names Confirmed (so far ...)

    07/21/2010 12:24:42 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 132 replies · 3+ views
    Source List Included | 07/212010 | BuckeyeTexan
    The following 65 names are confirmed members of the now-defunct JournoList listserv. 1. Ezra Klein 2. Dave Weigel 3. Matthew Yglesias 4. David Dayen 5. Spencer Ackerman 6. Jeffrey Toobin 7. Eric Alterman 8. Paul Krugman 9. John Judis 10. Eve Fairbanks 11. Mike Allen 12. Ben Smith 13. Lisa Lerer 14. Joe Klein 15. Brad DeLong 16. Chris Hayes 17. Matt Duss 18. Jonathan Chait 19. Jesse Singal 20. Michael Cohen 21. Isaac Chotiner 22. Katha Pollitt 23. Alyssa Rosenberg 24. Rick Perlstein 25. Alex Rossmiller 26. Ed Kilgore 27. Walter Shapiro 28. Noam Scheiber 29. Michael Tomasky 30....
  • ObamaCare: New Republic Editor Attacks Humble NewsBusters Correspondent

    03/23/2010 9:04:01 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 1 replies · 495+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 23, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    It seems that, in the wake of the liberal celebrations over the passage of the Senate ObamaCare bill, their former vociferous, opposition to it has been tossed down the memory hole. And woe betide anyone who points out how much they used to hate it. Such was the case of The New Republic senior editor Jonathan Chait who castigates your humble correspondent in this article for pointing out this inconvenient fact: P.J. Gladnick at Newsbusters accuses yours truly of hypocrisy:
  • New Republic: Senate ObamaCare Bill Suddenly Becomes 'Masterfully Crafted Piece of Legislation'

    03/22/2010 5:26:30 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies · 305+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 22, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Remember all that hype from the liberals until last night about how horrible the Senate ObamaCare was? Yes, they admitted it was a terrible piece of legislation but it was necessary for the House of Representatives to pass it in order for the Senate to somehow improve it via reconciliation. Well, toss that all out the window. Suddenly, sans any change in that formerly detested bill, it has suddenly become a "brilliant" piece of legislation as you can see in this gushing ode to the current unchanged ObamaCare bill by Jonathan Chait of the New Republic: Historians will see this...
  • ObamaCare: New Republic Editor Irked at Humble NewsBusters Correspondent

    02/22/2010 8:57:29 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies · 555+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 22, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    It appears that The New Republic senior editor, Jonathan Chait, is a bit irked at your humble correspondent for pointing out that he seems a to have gone off the deep end on the subject of ObamaCare: Some of us realized all along that there was no rational reason that the Massachusetts election had to kill health care reform. Fundamentally, the main barrier -- getting sixty votes in the Senate -- had already been crossed. The remaining obstacles are puny. All the Democrats needed to do was have the House pass the Senate bill. If they insisted on changes, most...
  • New Republic Editor Goes Off Deep End Over Fate of ObamaCare

    01/20/2010 9:22:37 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies · 1,427+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | January 20, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Few liberals have been more insistent on the inevitability of ObamaCare than The New Republic editor Jonathan Chait (along with his TNR colleague Jonathan Cohn). He is stubbornly clinging to the notion that ObamaCare can be a done deal despite the results of yesterday's election in Massachussets giving Republicans the 41st vote to block it in the Senate. To give you an idea of how far Chait has gone off the deep end, take a look at his money quote on the topic of liberal Democrats who consider the Mass. election a referendum on ObamaCare in his ironically titled column,...
  • From the New Republic: "Old Flame: Why I still kinda like John McCain.

    07/21/2008 9:18:23 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 9 replies · 119+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 7/30/2008 | Jonathan Chait
    The presidential election has an oddly placid feel to it. Four years ago, the notion that George W. Bush would get another four years in office, actually ratified by a plurality of the voters, was more than any liberal could bear, and, after the election, there was loose talk everywhere about "Jesusland" and wanting to flee to Canada. This time, even though Democrats are extremely enthusiastic about Barack Obama, that life-and-death quality is absent. I think the reason is that a lot of liberals kind of like John McCain. I know I do.
  • A McCain Presidency Wouldn't Be So Bad

    07/19/2008 9:21:09 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 71 replies · 205+ views
    CBS (from The New Republic) ^ | July 19, 2008 | Jonathan Chait
    The presidential election has an oddly placid feel to it. Four years ago, the notion that George W. Bush would get another four years in office, actually ratified by a plurality of the voters, was more than any liberal could bear, and, after the election, there was loose talk everywhere about "Jesusland" and wanting to flee to Canada. This time, even though Democrats are extremely enthusiastic about Barack Obama, that life-and-death quality is absent. I think the reason is that a lot of liberals kind of like John McCain. I know I do. Eight years ago, I was a hard-core...
  • The real McCain

    05/01/2006 3:19:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 1,268+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | April 30, 2006 | Jonathan Chait
    John McCain and his fiercest enemies all publicly agree: He is and always has been a right-wing conservative. Indeed, those of us who saw McCain as lurching to the ideological left a few years ago are now being portrayed as delusional romantics and partisan schemers. McCain's allies, and delighted conservatives, are... --snip-- In the first two years of George W. Bush's presidency, McCain became, in the words of one prominent Democrat, "the leader of the loyal opposition." McCain voted against both of Bush's major tax cuts. In addition to shepherding campaign finance reform through Congress, he co-sponsored a patients' bill...
  • Liberals Hating on Hillary: 'Loathing Seems a Lot Less Irrational'

    01/26/2008 3:09:34 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies · 537+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On the east and west coasts today, two liberal columnists unleashed a torrent of vitriol at Hillary and Bill Clinton. At the Los Angeles Times, contributing editor Jonathan Chait asked Is the right right on the Clintons? Consider these blistering excerpts [emphasis added]: * Something strange happened the other day. All these different people -- friends, co-workers, relatives, people on a liberal e-mail list I read -- kept saying the same thing: They've suddenly developed a disdain for Bill and Hillary Clinton. Maybe this is just a coincidence, but I think we've reached an irrevocable turning point in liberal opinion...
  • Supply-Side Economics: Jonathan Chait and His Liberal Lens Miss the Point

    10/29/2007 8:33:10 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 3 replies · 47+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | October 29, 2007 | Dan Calabrese
    Jonathan Chait is a man on a mission. Target: Supply-side economics. Problem: He views supply-side theory through a liberal lens, which is why it’s not making sense to him. Chait, a senior editor at The New Republic, has written a book titled “The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics,” along with various op-ed pieces roasting supply-side theory. Chait’s argument focuses on the oft-stated belief of supply-siders that tax cuts pay for themselves by spurring economic growth – that taking smaller slices of a bigger pie still yields you more pie than...
  • Chait Doesn't Just Hate Bush: Loathes Lower Taxes, Too

    10/09/2007 4:22:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies · 672+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jonathan Chait is one of the Founding Fathers of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Way back in '03, the New Republic senior editor authored one of BDS's early, seminal works: "The Case for Bush Hatred," whose very first line was the unequivocal: "I hate President George W. Bush." Ah, but Jonathan Chait isn't a mere one-hatred man. As of this morning, we can conclusively state that in addition to his animus toward our nation's chief executive, Jonathan Chait also hates lower taxes. In his New York Times column "Captives of the Supply Side," Chait directs his ire at lower federal taxes in...
  • Character Flaw

    04/30/2007 12:11:18 PM PDT · by Politicalmom · 57 replies · 1,168+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 4/30/07 | Jonathan Chait
    Of all the low points during the Bush administration, perhaps the most surreal was the week in December 2004 when Bernie Kerik was poised to become secretary of Homeland Security. By the traditional measures used to judge qualifications for this sort of job, Kerik was not an ideal candidate. The main points in Kerik's favor were his loyal service to Rudy Giuliani, first as driver for his mayoral campaign, then corrections commissioner, then police commissioner--the last of which was commemorated by the casting of 30 Kerik busts. On the negative side of the ledger were his multiple alleged felonies, including...
  • New Republic Editor Chait: Bring Back Saddam

    11/26/2006 3:12:20 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 837+ views
    LA Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    And here I thought I was joking. Yesterday, I closed this item on Maureen Dowd's column - in which she longed for an Iraqi dictator to whom to surrender - by wondering whether we should "look for Dowd to pop up in Baghdad sometime soon, leading a 'Bring Back Saddam' movement?"But the appeal of bringing back Saddam is apparently no laughing matter in liberal circles. In today's Los Angeles Times, New Republic editor Jonathan Chait - he of "Bush Hatred" fame - has written a column entitled, yes, "Bring back Saddam Hussein." I kept reading for a clue that this...
  • After Comparing Bush and Bin Laden, LA Times Columnist Shredded by Radio's Hugh Hewitt

    07/11/2006 5:58:07 PM PDT · by infoguy · 48 replies · 2,207+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 11 July 2006 | Dave Pierre
    On Monday, July 10, 2006, fabulous radio host Hugh Hewitt celebrated his 6th anniversary on the air with an on-air spanking of Los Angeles Times columnist Jonathan Chait. The day before, in another one of his badly misguided op-eds, Chait actually wrote that President Bush is a "greater threat" to the country than Osama bin Laden, and it is "quite reasonable to conclude that Bush will harm the nation more" than Bin Laden.Hewitt invited Chait to his program and proceeded to do what he does best with far-left liberals who espouse unsupportable views. Hewitt coolly shredded Chait and his Times...
  • The Increasingly Ugly Left - (Yes, M'am...Tammy Bruce! well deserved hit on shameless liberals!)

    07/26/2005 2:03:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 38 replies · 3,007+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | JULY 26, 2005 | TAMMY BRUCE
    It's always shocking when the left unmasks itself — it's usually very brief but when it happens not only can't you turn away, it's actually important that you don't. While it would seem impossible, the left has found a new low, this time courtesy of both the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. On the same day, both newspapers published bizarre attacks on the most basic values of personal appearance and physical health of the president and those he supports. It's the newest indication of how frustrated and frenzied the left has grown in the face of an America...
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES COLUMN:BUSH WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY(Jonathan Chait)

    10/08/2004 7:14:44 AM PDT · by finnman69 · 88 replies · 2,393+ views
    Drudge ^ | 10/8/04 | Drudge
    In a Los Angeles Times column (10/8), Jonathan Chait says, "To say that I consider Bush a 'bad' president would be a severe understatement. I think he's bad in a way that redefines my understanding of the word 'bad.' "I used to think U.S. history had many bad presidents. Now, my 'bad' category consists entirely of George W. Bush, with every previous president redefined as 'good.' "There's also the fact that, on a personal level, I despise him with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns. What I'm saying is, advocating Bush is kind of tricky." But "what I'll argue...
  • Blinded by Bush Hating

    05/08/2003 6:41:03 AM PDT · by austinite · 47 replies · 225+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 8th,2003 | Jonathan Chait
    In the lead-up to the war against Iraq, liberal doves all made pretty much the same point, with some variation: However successful the conflict itself might be, the long-term diplomatic costs of alienating much of the world would outweigh any benefits. This prediction, while questionable, at least had the benefit of playing out over such an extended period of time that it could not be conclusively disproved until its adherents were all long dead. Alas, after the campaign hit a snag, many doves were unable to resist the temptation to crow over the supposed overconfidence of the war plan --...
  • Blinded by Bush-Hatred

    05/08/2003 12:30:17 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 191+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/8/03 | Jonathan Chait
    In the lead-up to the war against Iraq, liberal doves all made pretty much the same point, with some variation: However successful the conflict itself might be, the long-term diplomatic costs of alienating much of the world would outweigh any benefits. This prediction, while questionable, at least had the benefit of playing out over such an extended period of time that it could not be conclusively disproved until its adherents were all long dead. Alas, after the campaign hit a snag, many doves were unable to resist the temptation to crow over the supposed overconfidence of the war plan --...