The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

Doug Mataconis, RIP

The longtime OTB front-pager has passed far too soon.

COVID Passports Redux

Competing analogies and externalities.

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Deal-making in Washington is next to impossible.

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Trump tells RNC to Stop Using his Name

The ongoing codependency that is the Trump-GOP relationship.

CPAC as a Leading Indicator

The annual gathering showed us what the Republican Party would become years ago.

A Return to the (Lack of) Evidence of Significant Fraud

A CPAC speaker and the return of the problem of the Heritage electoral fraud database.

‘Stop the Steal’ Founder ‘in Hiding’

A one-time denizen of Blogger’s Row at CPAC has come a long way.

Former Right-Wing Media Star Turns Against Right-Wing Media

So, it turns out that Fox News wasn’t really all that fair or balanced.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Faces Blackface Controversy

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, already facing a rough re-election battle is now dealing with a blackface controversy.

Tales from the Trade War

Not good, not easy to win.

The GOP’s Blind Loyalty To Trump Is Likely To End Up Costing Them

Republicans are blindly loyal to this President in a way we have not seen before. They are likely to end up paying a price for that.

Trump Continues To Lie, The Truth Continues To Die

The President continues to lie at an astounding rate that only seems to be getting worse. Does anyone care?

Trump’s CPAC Speech May Have Guaranteed His Re-Election

Reason’s Nick Gillespie makes an interesting case but I don’t buy it.

Trump Delivers Bizarre, Incoherent, Red Meat Speech At CPAC

In a two-hour rant before an adoring crowd of CPAC sycophants. President Trump displayed everything wrong with him and his Presidency.

Breitbart News Sees Big Drop In Readership

Breitbart News appears to be fading in terms of readership, but the alt-right politics it represents is not going away.

Trump in Honey Badger Mode Already?

The President tried bringing something akin to a traditional policy process to the White House. Now he’s rebelling against it.

Some Messages from CPAC

What is CPAC telling us about the contemporary conservative movement?

Washington Post Exposes Conservative Scheme To Dupe It With False Roy Moore Accusation

The Washington Post exposes another James O’Keefe fraud.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The How You Doin? Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

DeVos Criticizes Professors

DeVos plays to the CPAC crowd, but insults higher education.

Milo Yiannopoulos And The State Of American Conservatism

Milo Yiannopoulos was a troll and a peddler in offensiveness, but the fact that he became a star on the American right was the result of a transformation of American conservatism that has been entirely unhealthy.

Erick Erickson’s Struggles

The erstwhile Republican firebrand and current NeverTrumper shares his personal struggles.

Donald Trump Pulls Out Of CPAC

Donald Trump canceled his speech at CPAC, but it’s unlikely to harm his campaign at all.

Republicans Say They Want A “Conservative” Presidential Nominee

In a new Gallup poll, Republicans say they want a “conservative” as their Presidential nominee, but they may regret what happens if they get the kind of hard-right conservative they seem to be thinking of.

Maybe Donald Trump Is Actually Running For President This Time

Donald Trump is probably just messing around with all of us again, but he’s certainly acting like someone who’s running for President.

Marco Rubio’s Supposed Expertise On Foreign Policy Leaves Much To Be Desired

Marco Rubio is often described as one of the GOP’s leaders on foreign policy, but a close look reveals a decided lack of substance.

Ben Carson To Launch Quixotic, Doomed Campaign For President On May 4th

Ben Carson will be entering the race for President next month, but don’t pretend for a minute that he’s a serious candidate.

Scott Walker Flip Flops On Immigration Reform

Just as his political star is rising among conservatives, Scott Walker is walking back his previous support for immigration reform.

Rand Paul Wins Meaningless CPAC Straw Poll: A Family Tradition

Rand Paul is carrying on a family tradition, winning the CPAC straw poll won many times by his father Ron.

Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush Top List Of Preferred Candidates Among Republicans

The Tea Party may be the most vocal wing of the GOP but most Republicans seems to favor candidates that aren’t quite so right wing.

Mitt Romney Touts Anti-Poverty Platform

Mitt Romney certainly seems to be running for president again. And he’s now on at least his third reinvention.

Jeb Bush Sounds More And More Like A Presidential Candidate

The former Florida Governor is talking more openly about running for President than he ever has before.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Let Us Spray Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Rand Paul Wins Meaningless Straw Poll For Second Year

The votes are in. And the outcome is meaningless.

Rand Paul Wins Meaningless CPAC Straw Poll

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won a completely meaningless straw poll.

Senator Rob Portman Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Senator Rob Portman changes his position on same-sex marriage. Another sign of the times.