| Mar 2, 2014
Nearly a generation ago, MSNBC's Chris Matthews coined a description of our two political parties that may turn out to be his most enduring contribution to American punditry. Republicans, Matthews wrote, were the "Daddy Party," all about military security...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 8:36 PM
In the midst of a busy 2012 election cycle, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's offhand remark to a local television station about what constituted "legitimate rape" might have slipped under the radar. But Akin was a prime target for an opposition...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Remember when Mike Huckabee was a folksy, refreshing alternative to the politically entrenched types he shared the stage with during those GOP debates before the 2008 election? An unashamed conservative he certainly was, but he was also nice enough....
| Jan 26, 2014
Re "'War on women' debate is given new life," Jan. 24
The war against women by Republicans continues unabated and was exacerbated by Mike Huckabee, who threw a bomb when he stated that "women are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 8:25 AM
I don't see how George Will can keep his job.
I realize he's likely receiving the loud and myriad calls for his firing as further evidence of the "speech codes" he wrote about in the very column that kicked up this controversy in the first place....
| May 27, 2014
| 5:36 PM
Yes, all women, all girls, grow up learning ways to avoid attracting the attention of unnerving guys; it's no doubt built into our DNA, along with an affection for miniatures and the early songs of Patsy Cline.
Simply in order to leave the house in...
| May 20, 2014
| 6:45 PM
Sen. Mitch McConnell's easy victory over his tea party opponent in Kentucky's Republican primary Tuesday presents a tidy storyline: the establishment strikes back.
In the primary season so far, McConnell and fellow GOP incumbents have successfully out-...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:37 PM
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed legislation to enact stringent restrictions on abortion Tuesday, acting on an issue championed by social conservatives in the Republican majority and inviting a possible new challenge to...
| Jan 9, 2013
And you thought that Notre Dame/Alabama match-up was heated.
Wait until you hear how things went down in Boston last weekend when members of the American Dialect Society—linguists, lexicographers, etymologists, writers, editors, scholars—...
| Dec 30, 2012
I do declare! Those big, strong Republican men are out to protect us frail women from our silly selves. That handsome Mitt Romney is already severely anti-abortion, and now we find that his even more handsome young running mate has sponsored a...
| Dec 26, 2012
Pull up an empty chair, folks. (Up to you whether to interrogate it.) It's time to take a look back at the year that was, politically speaking.
We won't know the 2012 word of the year until The American Dialect Society's annual conference next week....