Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins is a writer in Arlington, Virginia.

The Sentimental Side of Bad Santa

 

In the decade since it has been released, Terry Zwigoff’s profane, raunchy comedy Bad Santa has become the seasonal favorite for people who are fed up with Christmas. To those who find December’s forced merriment smothering and/or grating, the film is a bracing tonic: a movie that wickedly mocks everything about the holiday. Which is […]

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Teacher of the Year

 

Last year, education reformers had high hopes for a documentary film called Waiting for “Superman.” With impeccable liberal credentials — it was made by the same people behind Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth — the film mercilessly highlighted failures of the American public school system. It also systematically demolished the argument that the problem was […]

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Gullible Gospel

 

The Faith of Barack Obama By Stephen Mansfield (Thomas Nelson, 192 pages, $19.99) Stephen Mansfield wants to believe that Barack Obama can lead this nation to a religious revival. He wants to believe it so badly in fact that he is willing to disregard his own reporting. Now that’s faith. Mansfield is the author of […]

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No Nonsense Novak

 

A sad thing happened yesterday. The Washington Post‘s Thursday edition didn’t have Robert Novak’s column on the op-ed page. And it won’t ever again. Reading that column on Thursday mornings was a ritual of mine ever since I picked up the habit of reading the Post. I sometimes missed the Monday column because that’s a […]

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The Audacity of What?

 

Is Sen. Barack Obama an agnostic? In light of the controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright it may seem like a strange question to ask. Agnostics tend not to get into public spats with their pastors for the simple reason that they typically don’t have pastors. One doesn’t expect a nudist to argue with his tailor. […]

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Wright Answer?

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The consensus was clear after the Rev. Jeremiah Wright finished speaking at the National Press Club Monday morning. The pastor had smacked one out of the park. Just ask any of the black church leaders and theologians who came out to hear him in person yesterday morning. Nothing he said was shocking […]

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There Will Be Mud

 

Columbus, Saturday, Feb. 23 (noon): I join up with the traveling press corps for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. It increasingly looks like Ohio’s March 4 primary will be the final battleground between him and Sen. Hillary Clinton. That battleground is cold, flat, and white. How white? On the taxi ride over to my first […]

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Dirty Declarations

 

It was a nasty race and it kept getting nastier. Four years prior the challenger had to lost to the incumbent. He spent those years publicly stewing over the “corrupt bargain” that had cost him the office. When the rematch came around the challenger held nothing back. He and his allies called the incumbent a […]

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Ledger’s Final Balance

 

“A gifted young star, a tragic old story,” reads the headline in Entertainment Weekly. The effort to canonize Heath Ledger as artistic martyr, it seems, is already underway. The actual cause of Heath Ledger’s death remains unknown as I write this. An autopsy was inconclusive and there are conflicting reports over whether it might have […]

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After Gibbs

 

Joe Gibbs stepped down as coach of the Washington Redskins for a second time Tuesday. This ‘Skins fan says, thank God. The long, agonizing, tragic, utterly soul-crushing season is finally over. Gibbs’s departure will be the final nail in its coffin. The team will now have to start from scratch next year. If I sound […]

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