Some political analysts argue the 2012 election will be settled by Angry White Men, the non-college educated, economically vulnerable males who have been voting for the Republican Party in increasing numbers. Others contend that Soccer Moms hold the key to either enlarging or mitigating the all important gender gap.
But Senator James Inhofe knows the decisive slice of the electorate isn't Security Moms, Waitress Moms, Joe-Six Packs, or Left Handed Vegan Family Farmers, but Pashtun Dads…
"Clearly this trip is campaign-related," he said. "We've seen recently that President Obama has visited college campuses in an attempt to win back the support of that age group since he has lost it over the last three years. Similarly, this trip to Afghanistan is an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military."
Okay, Inhofe's point isn't quite as daft as I made it out to be. Indeed, Barack Obama's Afghanistan speech, delivered from Bagram Airfield last night, was the first time a sitting U.S. President had addressed the American people from inside a war zone, and with the trip coming on the one year of anniversary of bin Laden's killing, it was difficult not to notice campaign overtones.
But even though not quite as crass in politicizing national security as the Bush administration should be an easy threshold for Obama to clear, we shouldn't blame the president for taking his campaign to Bagram. After 9/11, we took a detour to Iraq. And after finding Osama in Pakistan, we're still roaming around Afghanistan. With this being emblematic of the state of American geography learning, do we really expect our leaders to find their way to swing states in the Midwest without getting lost in Central Asian and the Middle East?
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Tags: Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, James Inhofe
Talking about Jesus is usually a surefire ways for Republican politicians to drum up support from the conservative base.
But, as one top Environmental Protection Agency official recently learned, using Jesus imagery can be helpful, unless you're a Democrat defending environmental regulation…
The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.
In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words… A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, told The Associated Press that Armendariz has since received death threats…
Republicans in Congress had called for Armendariz' firing, after Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe highlighted the May 2010 speech last week as proof of what he refers to as EPA's assault on energy, particularly the technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
OK, so Armendariz didn't talk about his personal relationship with Jesus, so much as his personal relationship with the Roman officials who ordered his death. Close.
It was very brave of Sen. Inhofe to bring this old speech into the public eye. He's such a mythbuster. First, he used the Bible to definitively prove that global warming is a hoax. And now, he's finally shown that the possibility of having an apolitical discussion about the environment is as real as a unicorn.
Tags: Christianity, Energy & Oil, Environment, EPA, James Inhofe, Religion
In this very special episode of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, a sitting U.S. senator calmly explains to the show's host that climate science and empirical evidence are wrong because Bible…
Part 2 after the jump…
Tags: Christianity, Climate Change, Education, James Inhofe, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Religion, Science & Technology, Senate, The Bible
Though evidence for human-induced climate change is overwhelming, global warming skeptics have always had one trump card.
Sure, the dramatic increase in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is a result of human activity and, yes, there's a tight historic correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentrations and temperature. And yes, climate change is an observable process, with increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, melting of ice sheets, changing wind patterns and a rising global average sea level already in evidence.
But: Al Gore is very fat.
It's an airtight argument, for now. Yet climate change skeptics are intelligent folks (political science interlude: contrary to popular belief, more highly educated Republicans are most likely to disbelieve the dangers of global warming, because they're more aware of the "correct" partisan position on this topic). They know there was a time when Al Gore was not fat and that this time may come again. Therefore, new backup theories are needed to undermine the science-rational thinking industrial complex.
First up, Rick Santorum, who previewed this line of attack in Michigan before deploying his Druidic wisdom in Mississippi yesterday…
In the Deep South, one of the most conservative regions of the country, Romney and his Republican rivals polished their credentials with attacks on President Barack Obama's handling of the economy and the nation's use of energy. "The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is," said Rick Santorum.
He is the Santorum, who speaks for the trees. And if those trees could vote, they might propel Santorum to a first-place finish in Alabama and Mississippi, particularly if Mitt Romney makes them self-conscious about their height.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, James Inhofe, Mississippi, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Science & Technology
It's December, which means it's time once again for The War on Christmas, or as it's now known, The Global Struggle Against Yuletide Celebrationism. I'd love to be out on the front-lines fighting it myself, but as you know, I've got candy canes where my hands used to be after my sleigh came under heavy tinsel fire last year. Anyway, here's what Jon Stewart had to say about the bloody affair on last night's Daily Show.
Meanwhile, Jon's interview with former Joint Chiefs Chairman Hugh Shelton went long last night, but you can see the entire unedited segment after the jump.
The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.
Tags: Christmas, Fox, Gretchen Carlson, James Inhofe, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Julian Assange, The Daily Show, Video, WikiLeaks