The GOP’s Sinister New Nationalism

August 02, 2019

The worst thing you could be in the Soviet Union in the late 1940s was a “rootless cosmopolitan.” The epithet sometimes came with a death sentence. The Soviet Communist Party, under the strong guiding hand of Joseph Stalin, had long turned its back on the internationalism of its founders and...

The Kleptophobia at the Core of Republican Rhetoric

March 12, 2019

The one thing to take away from the Republicans’ CPAC is the fear of Democrats taking away the keys to their identity. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, reminding his audience of the horror...

Democrats and Republicans Agree to “Honor the Tropes”

February 14, 2019

Washington has fallen in love with a new insult designed to protect the interests of one of their favorite lobbies. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary has elected the word “trope” as the most abused word of the week. Here is a selection of its repetitive use: Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic...

Is Chris Christie Hiding His Racism?

February 04, 2019

Those who use Twitter to articulate their perception of other people’s racism may, in fact, be reinforcing their culture’s racism. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. The founding fathers of the United States built racism into the nation’s DNA. They drafted the terms of its management...

Is Lindsey Graham Playing the Cheerleader?

January 11, 2019

Lindsey Graham seems to be telling us that sometimes emergencies are more urgent to talk about than to act on. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. In the midst of the debate on Donald Trump’s border wall, CNN quotes Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s latest advice to the president: “It...

Trump Takes on the World

August 22, 2015

Donald Trump’s not-so-veiled racism, crude economic populism and male bravado make him the closest thing the US has to an authentic European-style fascist. It was 1972. The flamboyant rock star Alice Cooper, not quite a household name at that point in England, was booked to play at London’s...

Donald Trump Rescues America and Finds MH370

August 12, 2015

Trump has singlehandedly turned the Republican presidential race into a reality show that stars only him and has a supporting cast of “bit players.” The ongoing Republican presidential nomination circus has caused me to delay a trip to Reunion Island to help with the search for parts of the...

US Presidential Candidate’s Foreign Policy Bombshell

June 02, 2015

US Senator Rand Paul’s statements on foreign policy were a huge shock to the system for the Republican Party. Republican presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul has finally done the unthinkable: He has opened Lemarchand’s Box and sparked one of the most critical foreign policy debates, which...

America’s Retreatniks Are Too Busy Calling the Kettle Black

March 26, 2015

Foreign policy hawks are aflutter about “American retreat,” yet they’re the ones stonewalling on sending US representatives to global institutions. The new talking point for the Republican Party — actually, it’s an old talking point in expensive new clothing — is “America is in...

Republicans and Iranians Have More in Common Than You Think

March 13, 2015

The GOP and Iranian hard-liners have a great deal in common, as Juan Cole explains. On March 9, 47 Republican senators sent a letter to Iran, warning that any agreement only signed by US President Barack Obama might not last any longer than his last day in office. This intervention of the...

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