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

Republican Party leaders have written much about the need for minority outreach, particularly among voters of Hispanic descent. They argue for tactical changes — for the GOP to find cosmetically attractive candidates who can connect with minorities, to adopt policy…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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