WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Another GOP fustercluck

The catastrophe that was the installation of Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House of Representatives Friday night tells us, among other things, that the insurrection is still in progress. … Continue reading

January 8, 2023 · 9 Comments

My final midterms soapbox sermon

This is probably one of the most profoundly significant weeks in American history. Across the country, voters are going to decide whether we pull back from an autocratic attempt to … Continue reading

November 7, 2022 · 7 Comments

Seven days that could shake the world

One week to Election Day. Why is the phrase “existential angst” careening around in my head? Oh, I know. It’s because tainted candidates like Herschel Walker in Georgia and Mehmet … Continue reading

November 1, 2022 · 10 Comments

Vote in the midterms: it’s our only hope 😱

I spotted a tweet the other day, admonishing us to stop saying Democrats are going to lose in the upcoming midterms. It said we should be more like Ukrainians, vowing … Continue reading

October 20, 2022 · 8 Comments

Mourn on the 4th of July

Over the holiday weekend I was thinking about the state of the nation, seeing as how it was the nation’s birthday and all—its 246th to be exact. I couldn’t think … Continue reading

July 5, 2022 · 15 Comments

We are the whirled

I remember feeling anxious and not entirely prepared when I went to the Soviet Union in late 1977—I was 20. It wasn’t just that historic Russian mystique. The USSR and … Continue reading

March 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Dems da breaks

As a Democrat through and through (in the progressive camp of Club Donkey), I’m starting to get worried about the midterms looming in November. The latest sign that there’s going … Continue reading

February 21, 2022 · 6 Comments

Powder keg party

There’s a new book out called The Next Civil War by Stephen Marche, in which he imagines a number of scenarios in which this country could wobble its way into … Continue reading

January 17, 2022 · 5 Comments

Where’s Thomas Paine when we need him?

More and more it seems like the idea of common sense has become old hat. But just as Occam’s Razor says that the simplest answer is usually the correct answer, … Continue reading

November 22, 2021 · 7 Comments

Kurt Andersen’s “Evil Geniuses”

It’s been a few weeks since I finished this troubling book, but it lingers with me. The truth is, I wish everyone could be issued a copy of it as … Continue reading

November 15, 2021 · 4 Comments