Thirsty McWormwood

Thirsty McWormwood is the nom de cyber of a writer in Washington, D.C.

Chains of Austerity

 

The professional left has a new word to symbolize all that is bad and wrong with contemporary politics. Joining such past and present favorites as “Nixonian,” “neocon,” “crypto-fascist,” “lock-step” and “Koch,” we now have… “austerity.” Anybody who attended the Take Back the American Dream conference in D.C. this week, a left-wing version of the right’s […]

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John Edwards, RIP

 

“I don’t think God is through with me,” John Edwards said after his criminal trial on campaign finance reform ended with a hung jury. Maybe not, but American politics certainly is. Edwards may yet return to his lawyer career but Richard Nixon will return to public office before he does. The amazing thing is that […]

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The Bright Side of Kagan and Sotomayor

 

The reason I was never as upset as other conservatives about those two making it onto the high court bench was that only the president can nominate somebody so eventually he’s going to get his choice(s) even if it is not his first one. That being the case, if you are on the other side […]

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New Hampshire Has Gotten Old

 

The image on television and in the papers is of a civics teacher’s wet dream: A state of ordinary citizens coming out en masse to pick the top contenders to lead the nation but only after they have soberly and carefully vetted each candidate. “Are you going to vote for candidate Smith?” “I don’t know, […]

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Tough Nuts Roasting Under Friendly Fire

 

It has been a very good year for the company, its various spokesmen tell me. Yes, everyone else may be hurting but orders for their product are up, they are expanding capacity and they are hiring workers too. Even relations with the unions are good. The future — well, their future anyway — is bright. […]

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Confessions of a K Street Freeloader

 

The rest of the country may be in recession, but the lawyers and lobbyists in Washington have not been cutting back. I should know: I have been freeloading off of them. Every day in the last week, I have been treated to a breakfast, a lunch or an after-work happy hour by some group of […]

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The Left’s Mormon Problem

 

Who is afraid of Mormonism? Virtually all of the commentary regarding it and the election has focused on the fact that a not-insubstantial part of the Christian evangelical right is hostile towards it. That may be true but there is evidence that an even larger section of the secular Democrat left is even more hostile. […]

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Helen the Hack

 

“Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough,” said John Huston in the movie Chinatown. To that list we can add White House correspondents. For nearly five decades Helen Thomas sat in the briefing room of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, earning through sheer longevity the title “dean of the White House […]

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Dear Arlen

 

Let’s be frank senator, you’ve painted yourself into a pretty tight corner. Never the most popular fellow in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, you have at least always had everyone’s grudging respect as a tough, smart guy. We may not like Snarlin’ Arlen, they[‘d say, but we’d much rather have him as an ally than a foe. […]

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Hero of Our Times

 

Just for the hell of it, I made myself a martini when I got home earlier tonight. I’m not much of a mixed drinks guy. A shot of whiskey and a cold beer are the usual for me. Still, there are times when you need to walk past the neighborhood bar and off to some […]

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