Post-Weekend Tabs

Some quick hits.

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    In Wisconsin, G.O.P. Voters Demand the Impossible, just like GOP voters everywhere. Listening to them this week has shown just how divorced from reality they really are. When you have the likes of AR Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Texas Rep Dan Crenshaw saying you are whackadoodle, yeah, you need to up your meds.

  2. DK says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Yeah. Pretty crazy for the far right to brand Republicans as running on forced birth and defunding law enforcement.

  3. Kathy says:

    I recall many birthers claiming when they proved Obama wasn’t a citizen, he’d be removed and replaced with John McCain.

    Me, I offer advice by Omar Khayyam:

    The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
    Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    Once upon a time we all got our news from the three network news broadcasts, one of the local papers, and one of the two and a half weekly news magazines. We pretty much knew what the other party’s voters were seeing. Now, I make an effort to read conservative news, FOX, NRO, TAC, and other stuff on and off. But I don’t think I’m seeing what conservatives see. I wonder how much effort Dem campaigns put into not just countering the other side’s messaging, but into discovering it.

  5. CSK says:

    Well, you need to understand that Fox and NRO are officially anathema to the MAGAs. I don’t know about TAC; it may be too intellectual for them. But Fox and NRO are run by Commie neocons.

    If you go to, you’ll see that the only legitimate sources of real news for true MAGAs are The Gateway Pundit, The Conservative Tree House, The American Thinker, American Greatness, and a host of lesser weirdo crackpot sites.

    I am not kidding about this.

  6. Stormy Dragon says:


    I wonder how much effort Dem campaigns put into not just countering the other side’s messaging, but into discovering it.

    One thing Newt Gingrich had right about politics is that elections aren’t won by getting mythical swing voters to flip from one party to another, but rather by increasing turnout of your current voters. Finding out what the other side thinks is a waste of resources because you’re not going to flip them no matter what you do.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kathy: A group of Arkie cavers I was closely associated with (and still hold dear to my heart) had another quote from Omar Khayyam that we abided by:

    Ahh, what boots it to repeat
    How time is slipping ‘neath our feet.
    Unborn tomorrow, dead yesterday,
    What matter they if today be sweet.

    or something like that, it’s been a few years since I recited it around a bonfire. I’d have to dig out my copy of the Rubaiyat to make sure I had it right.