Entries by DougJ

O Captain My Captain

I don’t normally like the idea of celebrity politicians, but I’m down with this: In Canada, the Governor General sweepstakes continue, and momentum is gaining for one long-shot pick: William Shatner. The decision as to who becomes to the next Governor General, the country’s de facto head of state and representative of the Crown, is […]

Echo and the Frummy men

I never get tired of the epistemic closure debate! One my favorite misguided Slate contrarians, William Saletan, has an earnest piece about how the right can get out of its echo chamber, the way that David Frum and Julian Sanchez and the rest want them to. The suggestions he makes would be perfectly reasonable if […]

The limits of polling

We’re seeing a lot of this (no links, because the articles are all stupid): polls show that a majority of Americans like the Arizona immigration law, therefore politicians would be smart to support it. This is nonsense. Things just don’t work that way. For example, polls consistently show support for more gun control, but pushing […]

Say good-bye to the parson

I hope that this ends Jon Mecham’s reign of terror, but I doubt that it will: “The losses at NEWSWEEK in 2007-2009 are a matter of record. Despite heroic efforts on the part of NEWSWEEK’s management and staff, we expect it to still lose money in 2010. We are exploring all options to fix that […]