2012 election

Political Party: Celebrate Good (Election) Times, Come on!

That hangover you’re nursing right now was worth it: Feminists have a lot to celebrate! Not only did women crush it last night (hey New Hampshire ladies!) but rape apologists/deniers/ignorers got their asses handed to them. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, guys! Rape exists. DEAL WITH IT.

Vote 'Em If You Got 'Em: Links For Your Election Day!

Well, the attack ads are over, the convention floors have long been empty, and the event we’ve all been anticipating/dreading for what feels like our entire lives is finally upon us: It’s Election Day! To get you ready for your big day at the polls, we’ve put together... Read more »

Women of the Internet Tell Mitt Romney to Shove It in His Binder

If you watched the second US presidential debate last night I’ve got four words for you: “binders full of women.” (If you didn’t watch the debate, here are... Read more »

The 99%: Class Warfare and the Privileged Politics of Mitt Romney

The bigger farce, though, is Mitt Romney—the richest candidate in a decade, and the richest plausible candidate in far longer—claiming the President’s policies are class warfare.  It’s... Read more »

Political InQueery: False Dichotomies in the Race for President

News of the early election season has been swamped by the stalled debt ceiling vote in Congress, but the proposals put forth by Speaker of the House Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid are sure to factor into stump speeches by the GOP candidates for president. And because this is my farewell in... Read more »

Political InQueery: Why the GOP Will Fracture

I’ve avoided talking about the debt ceiling debates for as long as the people on the Hill have avoided doing anything about the debt ceiling itself. Also, it’s hard to make financial ratings, credit defaults, and inadequate remedies sound like popular culture—unless, I guess, we’... Read more »

Political InQueery: On Deck GOP Candidates

While the US Women’s soccer team went to the World Cup finals against Japan and the last Harry Potter movie demolished the box office record for an opening weekend, three quiet news accounts about new candidates for the White House filtered through the press. Yes, World Cup soccer is more... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Fake Democrat Experiment Fails Miserably

Lots of people attempt to manage election laws; it happens all the time. We’ve seen it in vote-counting, with one side or the other suing their way into forced recounts after a close election. Of course there’s “gerrymandering,” named after a real Mr. Gerry, former Governor of... Read more »

Political InQueery: Tier-Two Glitterbombs

I expect that Vander Plaats, the founder of The Family Leader, will be glitterbombed soon. If Newt Gingrich got a dose of party supplies for his anti-gay stance and writings, surely some of the... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Someday Senator Baldwin?

Earlier this week, Rep. Tammy Baldwin said she was “likely” to run for the Senate to become Wisconsin’s junior senator. After all of the strife in Wisconsin this spring, it was welcome news to progressives, who lost longtime Senator Russ Feingold in the 2010 midterm election and who have been... Read more »

Political InQueery: Gaffes & Annoyances

We are still early in the 2012 election cycle, but already the primary phase has had its share of missed opportunities, hilariously inaccurate statements, and misplaced emphases. Defining those moments is probably up to some debate, but here are some candidates: Read more »