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Wendy Davis Stuck to Her Guns And Regrets It Now

By on 1.2.15 | 1:12PM

I have to say that I truly missed Wendy Davis for the two seconds she was out of the media cycle. Everyone else since then has been so boring. Where before it was hapless campaign appearances and poorly concieved fundraising emails, lately it's just been cranky old white supremacists and Bill de Blasio. 

Thankfully, Wendy, who insists that her 20-point loss to Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot was a mere misunderstanding, and that her campaign was a watershed moment for Democrats in the south, keeps doing interviews, as though there were some way to rectify all of her mistakes. So in the midst of a slow couple of weeks, we find out that, while Wendy Davis is proud for having stuck to her guns during her campaign, she does, ironically, regret having stuck to her guns during her campaign. Or, at least her support of open carry

"I don't live in the world of regret," Davis said in the exclusive interview – her first sit-down interview since the election – when asked whether she had any regrets about her campaign.

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Mario Cuomo, R.I.P.

By on 1.1.15 | 10:18PM

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo passed away of heart failure. He was 82.

Cuomo was elected Governor of New York in 1982 after defeating New York City Mayor Ed Koch in the Democratic primary. He would be re-elected in 1986 and 1990 before losing office to George Pataki in the Republican Revolution of 1994.

Cuomo was arguably American liberalism's strongest spokesmen in the 1980's. In 1984, Cuomo would come to national prominence when he gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.

Although Cuomo was considered the frontrunner in the Democratic primaries in both 1988 and 1992, but declined to run. American political history might have been very different had Cuomo run in either of those elections. Cuomo certainly would have been more formidable opponent for George H.W. Bush than Michael Dukakis. 

His son, Andrew Cuomo, just got sworn in today to his second term as Governor of New York. However, it seems to me that the younger Cuomo lacks his father's eloquence. 

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A Thought for 2015

By on 12.31.14 | 11:58PM

Well, 2014 has receded into the past and 2015 has been born. 

I think it's safe to say that we can expect more of the same and probably a lot worse. We can count on President Obama to say and do stupid things and then claim that he ever said or did any such things. We can count on liberals calling conservatives racists and rapists while lecturing us about civility and tolerance they do not possess. We can also count on more evil in the world whether it's done by countries like Iran or terrorist organizations like ISIS as well as by a litany of tyrants great and small. 

Yet I am grateful to inhale and exhale. I am especially grateful to the people at Mount Sinai Hospital who saved my Dad's life last October. Had that not occurred, I doubt I would be in much of a mood to celebrate anything. Not everyone gets a second chance. So Dad is making the most of it.

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Steve Scalise Might Have Just Been a Victim of Bad Hotel Records

By on 12.31.14 | 2:04PM

Here's a lesson for you, all you aspiring politicos. When you didn't do something, don't admit to it. Also, when scheduling your candidate to appear in hotel ballrooms, check the rest of the hotel's schedule. And for that matter, unless you're enjoying the culture, music and potent potables of New Orleans, just stay the hell out of Louisiana. Even if you're from there. 

Although, yesterday, it was rather clear that Steve Scalise had given a keynote address to a room full of Neo-Nazi continental breakfast afficianados, today, it seems that he might have merely been the victim of bad hotel record keeping. According to Kenny Knight, the white supremacist who organized the annual "EURO Convention," Steve Scalise wasn't actually on the schedule for the event itself. Instead, Scalise spoke to a group of community activists that Knight also organizes, and which Scalise also happened to be a part of, but who are less "White Power" and more "Tuesday Night Bingo."

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Lena Dunham’s Republican Rapist is Probably Not a Republican, Rapist

By on 12.31.14 | 1:38PM

Before I even begin, allow me to apologize. In this article, I am going to have to discuss Lena Dunham's sex life. I realize that the mere mention of Lena Dunham having relations with anyone or anything is enough to scar you, but I want to point out that you read the Spectacle at your own risk and we will not pay for your therapy. 

Anyway, in her book Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham discussed, in surprisingly graphic detail, a sexual assault that she suffered at the hands of the only Oberlin campus Republican that has ever existed. Only, further examination by Breitbart news and others seemed to indicate that, while there was a campus Republican at Oberlin at the the same time Dunham attended, that campus Republican absolutely did not rape her. And the campus Republican was, quite understandably, rather distressed that the suggestion would even be made, and not just because Dunham implied that he'd willingly seen her naked, but because accusing someone of rape is, legally speaking, defamation. 

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Obama Admin Publishes 1200 New Regs Ahead of New Year

By on 12.31.14 | 12:37PM

Happy New Year's Eve! 

Okay, so yes,  I know a lot of you are still busy writing me hate mail from yesterday. But before we end our year on the wrong note, let's remember who the real problem is here. And I don't mean every journalist who has taken the opportunity presented by Steve Scalise to encourage David Duke to re-enter the cultural gestalt. Tonight, while you're too busy getting wasted on cheap champagne and arguing with your Uber driver over surge pricing to notice, the Obama Administration will be busily printing up and presenting 1200 new regulations for Congressional approval

The Obama administration is cramming like a college student trying to study for a final exam, publishing more than 1,200 new regulations in the last 15 days alone, according to data from

Energy and environment rules are the biggest category, with 139 published by the federal government in the last 15 days, according to

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The Difference Between Steve Scalise & Jim Clyburn

By on 12.30.14 | 3:52PM

From where I sit, the worst thing new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is guilty of is lack of due diligence when he spoke to a white supremacist group while a Louisiana state representative in 2002. Granted, I've only been invited to speak to groups on a handful of occasions and I don't think any white supremacists are going to be inviting someone named Goldstein to speak before them anytime soon. But when these occasions do arise, I do like to know about the organization which invites me. Scalise ought to have been more circumspect before accepting an invitation from a group with which he was unfamiliar.

But as Scott McKay indicates in his article on the main page today, Scalise has no history of racial animus and is not accused of making racist statements during that speech. Earlier today, Scalise stated that had he known David Duke was involved with the organization that had invited him then he would have declined the invitation.

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Grimm to Resign, Scalise is Hanging On

By on 12.30.14 | 12:18PM

Hey guys! What'd I miss? Anything exciting? I mean other than Barack Obama's golf game forcing a military couple to move their wedding? 

In the spirit of Christmas, I'm not even going to rag on that. It was his staff's fault, not his; they're the ones who should have known better. He called to apologize. And if you got married in the row of Dumpsters at K-bay, it would still be beautiful. Plus, it's not like our President doesn't have a deep and unrelenting need for space. He's a busy man, people. He's only been golfing 25 times this year.

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Memo to Obama: Iran is Already a Successful Regional Power

By on 12.30.14 | 9:57AM

During his year end interview with NPR, President Obama demonstrates why being delusional and ignorant are a lethal combination when he spoke about Iran:

So, when I came into office, the world was divided and Iran was in the driver's seat. Now the world's united because of the actions we've taken, and Iran's the one that's isolated.

They have a path to break through that isolation and they should seize it. Because if they do, there's incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of — inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules, and that would be good for everybody. That would be good for the United States, that would be good for the region, and most of all, it would be good for the Iranian people.

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Immigration & Common Core Won’t Deter Jeb Bush

By on 12.29.14 | 10:45AM

I have just read Larry Thornberry's piece outlining his arguments against Jeb Bush's impending bid for the White House and would like to offer the following comments.

Larry argues that many conservatives will be turned off by Bush due to his soft stance on immigration and his fervent support for Common Core. While this will be a deal breaker for a lot of conservatives, I don't think this deters Bush in the least. John McCain's equally soft stance on immigration didn't prevent him from winning the GOP nomination in 2008 nor did Mitt Romney's implementation of government mandated health care stop him from carrying the Republican banner in 2012. Methinks that Bush likes his chances.

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