Steve Turner

“Going Galt” and other Randian Fantasies

By: - March 10, 2009

“Going John Galt”…A more silly idea from right-wingers would be hard to imagine if I were not already familiar with their claims about supply side economics and the “fact” that tax cuts pay for themselves. For those of you who are not adolescent boys holed up in your bedroom reading Ayn Rand’s pulp fiction magnum […]

This Much Is True

By: - February 4, 2009

Paul Krugman explains bipartisanship But the part that really got me was Broder saying that we need “the best ideas from both parties.” You see, this isn’t a brainstorming session — it’s a collision of fundamentally incompatible world views. If one thing is clear from the stimulus debate, it’s that the two parties have utterly […]

This is what Smart Governance Looks Like

By: - November 19, 2008

From President-Elect Obama’s 60 Minutes interview: We’ve gotta come up with solutions that are true to our times and true to this moment. And that’s gonna be our job. I think the basic principle that government has a role to play in kick starting an economy that has ground to a halt is sound. I […]


By: - November 10, 2008

Frank Rich delivered the definitive post-mortem on the 2008 election in his column here. My favorite part is this: The post-Bush-Rove Republican Party is in the minority because it has driven away women, the young, suburbanites, black Americans, Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, educated Americans, gay Americans and, increasingly, working-class Americans. Who’s left? Who’s left? White, non-college educated […]


By: - November 7, 2008

In the battle of ideas, Progressives blew the Conservatives out of the water. The “most liberal United States Senator” was elected decisively by a broad and diverse coalition of Americans. President-Elect Obama was delivered a mandate in the voters’ rejection of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Specifically, voters rejected the economic policies and […]

Funniest Blog Post Ever

By: - October 27, 2008

I’m going to nominate James Wolcott’s post over at Vanity Fair for funniest ever. Read the whole thing here. For my money, Wolcott is the most entertaining writer in the blogosphere. In this post, Wolcott describes the implosion of the righty bloggers as they come to grips with the possibility of an Obama presidency. Or, […]


By: - October 25, 2008

We have an example this week of the lowest, most dangerous form of race-baiting imaginable. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A large (six foot four!), angry, black man sexually assaults and mutilates a young, white woman. Of course, it was easily shown to be false and the disturbed woman who made the whole […]

Colin Powell: Endorses Obama, admits to being Socialist

By: - October 19, 2008

As everyone knows by now, Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama for President. But the most interesting information was revealed in Powell’s question-and-answer session after his appearance on Meet the Press. It seems Powell is not too thrilled with the McCarthyism of John McCain and Sarah Palin and their smears of Obama as a Socialist. […]

Mickey Mouse

By: - October 16, 2008

John McCain’s fake hysteria was on full display in last night’s debate. Discussing voter registration drives in predominantly urban and minority communities McCain said this: We need to know the full extent of Senator Obama’s relationship with ACORN, who is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history […]


By: - September 30, 2008

So… conservative Republican John McCain decided to resurrect the "attack them as Liberals" approach in his debate against Barack Obama.  McCain stretched the truth on Friday when he said "Senator Obama has the most Liberal voting record in the United States Senate."  Neocon pundit William Kristol confirmed the strategy in his column in the New York Times […]

Meet Sarah Palin Welfare Queen

By: - September 9, 2008

Michael Kinsley has written a brilliant column on Sarah Palin which guts any argument about whether she is a fiscal conservative.  Moreover, Kinsley has provided a roadmap by which Obama and Biden can attack her credentials as a reformer while avoiding bogus charges of sexism.  I would strongly suggest you stop reading this post and […]

A Nasty Piece of Work

By: - September 8, 2008

Jon Ham is a nasty piece of work, alright.  He is a right wing blogger at the John Locke Foundation who I have discussed previously here.  Ever wonder who Ronald Reagan had in mind when he would embed in his speeches racist code like "Cadillac driving welfare queen" or "a strapping young buck buying T-bone steaks with […]