Political Culture: Lose Your Delusion

A week and a half past the 2012 election, conservatives predictably have formed the traditional circular firing squad; less predictably, but (I suppose) unsurprisingly, they’ve left the heavy artillery at home. They’ve apparently chosen to use paintball guns instead ...

10 Reasons The G.O.P. Deserves The ‘Death Penalty’

Last weekend, while performing the fall-Saturday ritual of refreshing the ESPN ScoreCenter app on my phone every few minutes, I couldn’t help but consider the irony that oozed like primordial slime from the Ohio State-Penn State matchup. Here were ...

Political Culture: Running Against the Wrong Romney?

 My favorite quote of the past month came from a pollster who had watched Mitt Romney’s post-convention fall and post-debate rise – and had withstood all the attendant Republican whining about supposedly skewed party-ID samples. “When you give conservatives ...

Democracy Is Coming(?): Money Talks, Voters Walk

 

What if they gave a primary and nobody came?

To be more precise: What if they changed California’s primary system to encourage moderate candidates, level the financial playing field, and bring more voters to the polls … yet ...

Democracy Is Coming: When Democrats Attack!

For the first time in a generation, a competitive congressional race is brewing in my Ventura County, CA district. This series explores the local, statewide and national implications of a campaign that was born of voter discontent and ...

Democracy Is Coming!: The Imperfect Candidates

For the first time in a generation, a competitive congressional race is percolating in my Ventura County, CA district. This series explores the local, statewide and national implications of a campaign that was born of voter discontent and might ...

Political Culture: Obama (Finally) Marries Reality

President Obama has just made some history that’s perhaps as significant as the legislation that emerged from his first two years in office … perhaps more significant, really. For the first time in history, a president of the United ...

Political Culture: Democracy is Coming! (part 1)

 

When you’re a politics junkie like I am, but live in a state as resolutely blue as California, it’s easy to envy folks in other states who spend their leap years on the front lines of presidential campaigns that ...

Political Culture: The GOP’s Identity Crisis

Finally, some voting! (Well, some caucusing, really, but it’s practically the same thing.) Tuesday’s evening of Republican politicking in Iowa told us little to nothing we didn’t already know about the GOP field, but it did leave a distinct ...

Political Culture: Teabag Wall Street!

Last weekend I had dinner with a friend who recently has been surprised to find the ideological ground shifting beneath his feet. A libertarian at heart – fiscally conservative, socially liberal, somewhat obsessed with “freedom” (whatever that is) – ...

Political Culture: Why We Care About Steve Jobs

I’m not going to launch into an elaborate introduction about Steve Jobs’ death. You know it happened; you can consume facts and opinion about it, and share your own thoughts, here at Popdose and all over every communications medium ...

Political Culture: America – Too Big To Fail?

One of the most common tropes in the action-adventure film – particularly the comic actioner – is the car (or train, or bus) that careens toward the cliff/riverbank/unfinished bridge and screeches to a stop just before it’s too late. As the ...

Political Culture: A “Permanent Majority,” or Totalitarianism?

In the hours since Wednesday night’s thwarting of democracy in Madison, a repulsed nation has focused its attention on the immediate question: How the hell did this happen? How did a newly elected governor and legislative majority, flying in the face ...

Jesus of Cool: The Misfit Empowerment Project

Last week’s release of Lady Gaga’s new single “Born This Way” was the most-anticipated pop moment of the new year, and it came off with Gaga’s usual aplomb: a snippet previewed during her meat-dress-bedecked AMA acceptance speech back in December, a ...

Political Culture: Absolutism Sucks! (Relatively Speaking)

Well, that was a bit anticlimactic, wasn’t it? House Republicans had hoped that their scheme to force a vote repealing last year’s health care legislation would capture lightning in a bottle – giving voice to the anger of the ...

Political Culture: We Have Met the Enemy, and They Are Us

Anyone who reads this column regularly knows that, like many folks who are politics-obsessed, I am prone to a certain rhetorical schizophrenia. Frequently I have castigated conservatives, and far less frequently I have turned my ire against progressives, who ...

Political Culture: Greetings, Fellow Hostages!

For an unreconstructed liberal (now redefined as “socialist”) like myself, it’s been difficult watching the Republican bullshit machine steamroll once again into Washington, firing pistols into the ground like Yosemite Sam and making all kinds of noise about “listening ...

Theatre Review: Randy Newman’s “Harps And Angels”

If there’s an American composer whose catalog has long been crying out for musical-theater treatment, it’s Randy Newman. He creates vivid characters whose stories require only a few minutes in the telling, yet whose impact has reverberated over the decades – the ...

Political Culture: Everybody Into The Conflictinator!

Quite the election season, wasn’t it? The outcome certainly didn’t resolve, or even bring much clarity to, the policy disputes that divide us; despite the Republicans’ harping about “clear messages” and “listening to the people,” the overriding theme of ...

Film Review: “Nowhere Boy”

Nowhere Boy is yet another in the long line of understated British art films that has proved hardy enough (after a year’s delay) to survive the Atlantic crossing. Like so many before, it seeks to charm Americans with green and pleasant landscapes, ...

Political Culture: Americans, Running Hot N Cold

If you were looking for a allegory to represent this asinine political season, you could do a lot worse than last week’s Sesame Street cleavage-gate.

Katy Perry’s tit-ular performance with Elmo served as something of a Rorschach Test ...