Author Archive
Tom Ball
P.M. Carpenter
S.M. Dixon
Stu Finkel
Bill Hare
Drew Johnston
Bob Kendall
Scott Shields
Bonnie Yarbrough

Sharon Andrews

Cary W. Blankenship
Delton Murphy
Peter Perkowski
Mel Valentin

Tactical Assault Project at Political Strategy The Framing Project at Political Strategy


Blogging on Blogging
Breaking News
Bush Administration
Bush-Cheney 2004
Cheney, Dick
Civil Rights
Clark, Wesley
Class Warfare
Corporate Corruption
Corporate Welfare
Criminal Acts
Dean, Howard
Edwards, John
Election 2004
Election 2006
Electoral College
Film Reviews
Foreign Policy
Framing - Foreign Policy
Framing - Foundation
Framing - Individuals
Framing - Religion
Framing - Reproductive Issues
Framing - Republicans
Framing 101
Free Speech
Gay Rights
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
Global Warming
Huffington, Arianna
International Affairs
Iran Contra
Kerry, John
Kerry-Edwards 2004
Law Enforcement
Limbaugh, Rush
Media Snake Oil
Miller, Zell
Nader, Ralph
Patriot Act
Progressive Strategy
Reader Interaction
Rice, Condoleezza
Right-wing Smears
Rumsfeld, Donald
Schwarzenegger, Arnold
Senators and Representatives
Social Security
Stem Cell Research
Supreme Court/Judiciary
Tom DeLay
Tort Reform
Vietnam War
Women's Rights

Read Bill Hare's Book
"The Struggle for the Holy Land: Arabs, Jews, and the Emergence of Israel"

Read Bill Hare's Book

Read Fred Clarkson's Book
"Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy"

Read Fred Clarkson's Book

Fred Clarkson's Articles
Antiabortion Militancy, Violence And Domestic Terrorism
Christian Reconstructionism
Christian Right and The Conservative Movement
General Politics

Campaign Money Tracking
Center for Public Integrity
Coin-Op Congress
Political Skeletons
Soft Money Tracker

Government Search
Government Search Engine
Public Statements

Polls and Statistics
Electoral Vote Predictor
Battleground States Poll
Gallup Political Polls
Polling Report
Professor Pollkatz
Public Agenda
Zogby Polls

Issues, Key votes
Legislative Info
Hearings Schedule

Branches of Government
Bush Administration
House of Reps
U.S. Supreme Court

Elections and Voter Registration
Elections Candidates
How Laws are Made
Register to Vote

Required Reading
Bill of Rights
Declaration of Independence
Federalist Papers
Gettysburg Address
"I Have a Dream"
Magna Carta

Find Elected Officials
Enter ZIP Code:

or Search by State

See Issues & Action
Select An Issue Area:

Contact The Media
Enter ZIP Code:

or Search by State

The Agonist
American Street
Booman Tribune
BOP News
Bull Moose
Juan Cole
Joe Conason
Crooked Timber
Daily Howler
Daily Kos
Brad DeLong
Dem Watch
Emerging Democratic Majority
First Draft
Frederick Clarkson
Steve Gilliard
Nielsen Hayden
Kicking Ass
Lean Left
Left Coaster
Liberal Oasis
Liberal Street Figher
NDN Blog
David Neiwert
Nathan Newman
Next Hurrah
Off the Kuff
Oliver Willis
P.M. Carpenter
Political Wire
Politics 1
Road to Surfdom
Scoobie Davis
Seeing the Forest
Steve Gilliard
Suburban Guerilla
Talk Left
Talking Points Memo
Tom Burka
Tom Tomorrow
Winds of Change
WTF is it Now?
Stephen Yellin

Air America
American Progress
Capitol Hill Blue
Common Dreams
Daou Report
Democratic Underground
Free Press
Media Matters
Raw Story
Rockridge Institute
Salon War Room
Smirking Chimp
Who Served?

52nd State
Alas, a Blog
All About George
Angry Bear
Armed Liberal
Back to Iraq
Bad Attitudes
Beautiful Horizons
Beyond Corporate
Blog for America
Blue Streak
Bob Harris
Body and Soul
Brooklyn Bridge
Daily Flute
Dog Fight
Elayne Riggs
Flopeared Mule
From the Roots
Green Dog Democrat
Greg Palast
Interesting Times
Cooped Up
Mad Kane
Mark Kleiman
Daily Misleader
Needle Nose
The Lefty Directory
Making Light
Not Geniuses
Pacific Views
Political Puzzle
Poor Man
Rittenhouse Review
Road to Surfdom
Roger Ailes
Ruminate This
Sadly, No!
South Knox Bubba
Stinging Nettle
Talent Show
Thousand yard glare
Total information awareness
World O'Crap
Discover's Framing and Tactical Assault Projects!
10/27/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
Aiding and abetting
Categories :: Republicans t is axiomatic that everyone looks good when things are going well. Dealing with high times isn’t a traumatic test of character, and therefore doesn’t reveal true character. It’s when things get tough that authentic personalities are exposed – and...

09/30/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
The GOP’s elephant in the room
Categories :: Republicans Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe’s resident conservative, doesn’t usually get it. Most of his columns - reality-based disconnects of Heritage Foundation fantasies and talking-point drafts for the Limbaugh crowd - leave the thoughtful reader either slackjawed or in stitches. But...

09/12/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
Demagoguing failure
Categories :: Republicans It is often astounding to read what passes for brilliant strategic thinking these days. You’ve read the newspaper stories and watched the talk shows in which “party strategist” after “party strategist” bloviates on the contours of contemporary politics - a...

09/06/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Cognitive Dissonance on the Right
Categories :: George W. Bush :: Republicans

GOPsters do an about face on two key issues, showing how absolutley nuts they are.

07/13/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
The incredible politics of incredible hypocrisy
Categories :: Republicans What a difference a party label makes. When asked about the raging controversy over Karl Rove’s participation in outing an undercover CIA agent, “several Republican senators,” reported the New York Times, said “that they did not know enough or did...

07/12/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
The sweet clash of the titans
Categories :: Republicans If you want to do your part for the left, send two checks today to the right: one to the political-action arm of the Chamber of Commerce and another to that of the Southern Baptist Convention. Then sit back and...

07/06/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
Redefining Republicanism, one Republican at a time
Categories :: Republicans In a wide-ranging, 10,000-word feature on Howard Dean’s past, present and future, Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post captured the party chairman’s deepest woe in one line: “Message has been a major problem for Democrats.” “Major problem” is, at best,...

06/29/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
The GOP Supports Our Troops...
Categories :: Iraq :: Republicans

The Bush Adminstration and Congressional Republicans have short-changed out nation's troops. What a "surprise."

06/23/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
“H.J. Res. 10: A bill to divert attention from what clowns we are”
Categories :: Republicans Republican members of the United States House of Representatives are in full-panic mode. Now that less than one in five Americans has confidence that Republican lawmakers are even a trifle interested in people’s everyday problems, the Republicans, rather than addressing...

06/23/05 :: By Drew Johnston
Operation Yellow Elephant: Making a Difference One Wingnut at a Time
Categories :: Conservatives :: Hypocrisy :: Republicans :: Satire

Are young chickenhawk conservatives really cowardly hypocrites, or have they just been denied an opportunity? Let's find out. An audience participation post.

06/10/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
New GOP Fundraising Tactic: Prostitution
Categories :: Congress :: Republicans

The GOP is raising money by borrowing a page from the "world's oldest profession."

06/06/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Mehlman Lies About Downing Street Memo
Categories :: Republicans

The GOP's Ken Mehlman lies about the Downing Street Memo. What a "surprise."

06/06/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
The Grand Old Plutocracy, part II
Categories :: Class Warfare :: Republicans

The results of the GOP's three-decades of class warfare are in; guess who's winning?

06/05/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
The Grand Old Plutocracy
Categories :: Corporate Corruption :: Republicans

New details on just how corrupt the GOP has become.

06/03/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Another GOP Tantrum
Categories :: Humor :: Republicans

The GOP "Crybaby Wing" is whining about Howard Dean's latest humourous barb.

05/26/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Bush by the Numbers
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Republicans

Another poll with bad news for the White House and the GOP. Will either group start listening to the American people any time soon?

05/25/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
It’s the bullying, stupid
Categories :: Republicans The Senate locked horns over the filibuster; TV’s talking heads lectured on the filibuster; op-ed pages, talk-radio asylums and political Web sites parsed every parliamentary aspect of the filibuster -- and the debates were mostly an irrelevance. More on that...

05/23/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Bush and Company Going Down
Categories :: Republicans

Bush and the GOP's poll numbers continue to plummet.

05/18/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
The Truth From... Pat Buchanan?!
Categories :: Republicans

Pat Buchanan dishes the GOP's dirt, and it ain't pretty... unless you're a liberal.

05/17/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
I Hate the "MSM"
Categories :: Media :: Republicans

What's wrong with the "MSM?" Not what you think.

04/28/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Republican Recklessness: GOP Passes Do-Nothing Budget
Categories :: Breaking News :: Economy :: Republicans

The Republican Party blows it again, passing a budget deal for a budget that does nothing to address the economic and social problems Americans face..

04/25/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
GOP Going Down
Categories :: Republicans

A new poll has bad, bad news for the Republican Party.

04/21/05 :: By Drew Johnston
Why The Hell Are Republicans Still Clinging To Social Security Privatization?
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Congress :: Republicans :: Social Security

Why would any politician support an obvious loser issue like SS privatization? As it turns out, it may hurt more if the Repubs give it up.

03/22/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
It's OUR Culture of Life
Categories :: Hypocrisy :: Republicans

Republicans claim to value a "Culture of Life," but their policies and practices have been inimical to every facet of life.

03/14/05 :: By Stu Finkel
Action Alert: Busting DeLay
Categories :: Activism :: Congress :: Criminal Acts :: Republicans

Pressure is mounting on the icon of Republican corruption Tom DeLay. Now efforts are being made to influence wavering GOP'ers uneasy about ethics changes meant to protect DeLay.

03/06/05 :: By Tom Ball
Frank Luntz Republican Playbook -- Searchable Text-Version: PART X "APPENDIX: THE 14 WORDS NEVER TO USE"
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

In the tenth and final installment of the text version of the Luntz Republican playbook, Frank warns conservatives of the 14 words they should never, ever use -- and then graciously provides 'proper' alternatives.

03/06/05 :: By Tom Ball
Frank Luntz Republican Playbook -- Searchable Text-Version: PART IX "AN ENERGY POLICY FOR THE 2lst CENTURY"
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

In the ninth installment of the text version of the Luntz Republican playbook, Frank leads the crusade for nuclear energy and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

03/04/05 :: By Tom Ball
Frank Luntz Republican Playbook -- Searchable Text-Version: PART VIII "LAWSUIT ABUSE REFORM: A COMMONSENSE APPROACH"
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

In the eighth installment of the text version of the Luntz Republican playbook, Frank reveals the truth about those filthy 'Public Protection Attorneys' and explains the delicate nature of convincing the public that big business should run wild and free of the restraints imposed by 'ethics' and 'law'.

03/02/05 :: By Tom Ball
Frank Luntz Republican Playbook -- Searchable Text-Version: PART VI "TAX RELIEF & SIMPLIFICATION"
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

In the sixth installment of the text version of the Luntz Republican playbook, Frank explains that Republicans don't want tax 'reform', they want tax 'simplification'. Here's why it matters.

03/01/05 :: By Tom Ball
Frank Luntz Republican Playbook -- Searchable Text-Version: PART V "THE BUDGET: ENDING WASTEFUL WASHINGTON SPENDING"
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

In the fifth installment of the text version of the Luntz Republican playbook, Frank insists that the budget problems be blamed on 'Wasteful government spending'... no, not the tax cuts to the most wealthy Americans or the quarter billion burned in a war of Bush betrayal. The deficits are all about those ever-so-reviled social programs. This sets the stage for 'Starving the beast'.

03/01/05 :: By Tom Ball
Frank Luntz Republican Playbook -- Searchable Text-Version: PART IV "INTERNATIONAL TRADE: PROMOTING AMERICA’S COMPETITIVENESS"
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

In the fourth installment of the text version of the Luntz Republican playbook, Frank reveals his thoughts on 'leveling the international playing field' so our apparently hapless businesses can finally compete in the global marketplace. (Last I knew, our 11 trillion dollar economy dwarfed its next closest international competitor. Maybe Luntz knows something we don't?)

02/28/05 :: By Tom Ball
Frank Luntz Republican Playbook -- Searchable Text-Version: PART III "GROWTH, PROSPERITY, & RESTORE ENERGY and ECONOMIC SECURITY"
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

In the third installment of the text version of the Luntz Republican playbook, Frank tells us how to, among other things, frame 'lawsuits' (never mentioned without the word frivolous preceding it) as a primary driver for the horrific loss of jobs over the course of Bush's reign in the White House.

02/26/05 :: By Tom Ball
Frank Luntz Republican Playbook -- Searchable Text-Version: PART II "SETTING THE CONTEXT AND TONE"
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

In the second installment of the text version of the Luntz Republican playbook, Frank tells us how to establish the ever-important context and tone for our messages.

02/25/05 :: By Tom Ball
Introducing a Searchable, Easily Accessed, Text-Version of the Frank Luntz Republican Playbook
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Reference :: Republicans

So the Frank Luntz Republican Playbook is in our hands and everybody wants to peel through the pages to discover the inner workings of the right-wing propaganda machine.

Unfortunately, you currently have to battle debilitating file downloads and software requirements to read it.

Fortunately, we are here to help make your life easier -- to access, to search, to read and to excerpt the GOP’s strategic tome. As a part of our 'Framing Project', over the following days, we are creating a text version of the currently available image document. It will be completely searchable -- and browser accessible in a handful of posts organized and permanently referenced on our main 'Framing Project' page.

02/12/05 :: By Tom Ball
New 9/11 Commission Findings and the Top 19 Ways Bush and the Republicans Benefited from the Attack
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Republicans

From here, I will take the baton and run with the question of 'who benefits?' The question has been posed, pondered and answered many times before, but never quite so completely as this. And I present this so that everyone can see just how many ways Bush and his cabal have benefited from the ultimate devastation in New York, Pennsylvania and DC...

12/25/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Puppeteer of the Year
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Humor :: Republicans

Although Time Magazine named Bush 2004 Person of the Year, the true man behind the curtain is the one who should receive the accolades, puppet master himself, Karl Rove.

12/06/04 :: By Tom Ball
Civil Rights Voting Records Spotlight the Stealth Bigots
Categories :: Civil Rights :: Election 2004 :: Race :: Republicans

In the wake of the latest election season, charges of voter suppression by Republicans have been flying without mitigation, gaining momentum with each passing day. In response, Republican's couldn't scoff loudly enough, "How dare the Democrats make such baseless accusations. We are a party of compassion and high morals. We are the party of inclusion and tolerance. Just ask Condi and Colin...and also ask that gay fellow who heads up the AIDS office." -- or something like that. As usual, the Republicans' talk is the virtual antithesis of the Republican's walk. To illustrate, we need go no further than the politicians' votes to see who's walk matches their talk.

11/09/04 :: By Tom Ball
Who Hates America?
Categories :: Philosophy :: Republicans

There's little doubt just who hates America - American values - freedom, liberty and justice for all.

11/05/04 :: By Tom Ball
Another Explanation for Bush's Win?
Categories :: Republicans

Check out this little ditty for a good laugh. However, take note as you read this that I'm not attempting to equate ignorance with intelligence -- but there is certainly some causal relationship between WILLFUL, BROAD-BASED IGNORANCE and a low intelligence.

11/05/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Jane Smiley: Unteachable Ignorance
Categories :: Blowhards :: Hypocrisy :: Progressive Strategy :: Republicans Among the many self recriminations occurring on our side, it's more than important to remember that it's not entirely our fault, even as the political outcome and the other side want to remind us that we are consistent electoral failures....

11/04/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Is America Already a One Party State?
Categories :: Republicans

In which George W. Bush's intentions to rule as if he won 80% of the vote yesterday are discussed and our prospects for the future seen to be grim.

10/29/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Voting Wrongs of the Right
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Republicans

This year's election theft tactic isn't limited to illegally purging Black voters from the voter rolls. This time the Republicans are challenging the federally guaranteed use of provisional ballots. This is crazy because the reason some voters are requesting a provisional ballot is because they were erroneously purged from the voter rolls in the first place!

10/13/04 :: By Stu Finkel
GOP Firm Shredding New Voter Forms in Nevada
Categories :: Elections :: Republicans :: Tactics

GOP hired voter registration firm in Nevada is accused of ripping up new Democratic voter registration forms.

10/05/04 :: By Stu Finkel
What Atrios Says
Categories :: Iraq :: Lies :: Media :: Republicans

According to the most recent Gallup poll, 62% of Republicans think Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks.

06/04/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Voting Wrongs: How Touch Screen Voting is a Catastrophe in the Making
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Government :: Republicans :: Tactics

If the Canadians can use paper ballots in their presidential election and count their votes in four hours, why are we having such a difficult time counting and deciding how to count our votes in the United States? When did this become so hard for us to do?


  • Dem leader Nancy Pelosi: 'We have to destroy their brand'
  • After funding cuts, senator says GOP targets Sesame Street for 'destruction'
  • Hearing Set on Downing Street Minutes, War Plan
  • Family Values: Porn star at GOP fundraiser - GOP committee says no qualms with paid sexpert at president's dinner
  • Sexual Predators Cost Catholic Church $1B And Counting
  • Crackpots Invade Tulsa Zoo
  • Babyface a Losing Look for Politicians

  • Recent Posts
  • Aiding and abetting
  • The GOP’s elephant in the room
  • Demagoguing failure
  • Cognitive Dissonance on the Right
  • The incredible politics of incredible hypocrisy
  • The sweet clash of the titans
  • Redefining Republicanism, one Republican at a time
  • The GOP Supports Our Troops...
  • “H.J. Res. 10: A bill to divert attention from what clowns we are”
  • Operation Yellow Elephant: Making a Difference One Wingnut at a Time
  • New GOP Fundraising Tactic: Prostitution
  • Mehlman Lies About Downing Street Memo
  • The Grand Old Plutocracy, part II
  • The Grand Old Plutocracy
  • Another GOP Tantrum
  • Bush by the Numbers
  • It’s the bullying, stupid
  • Bush and Company Going Down
  • The Truth From... Pat Buchanan?!
  • I Hate the "MSM"
  • Republican Recklessness: GOP Passes Do-Nothing Budget
  • GOP Going Down
  • Why The Hell Are Republicans Still Clinging To Social Security Privatization?
  • It's OUR Culture of Life
  • Action Alert: Busting DeLay

  • Archive


    The Progressive Blog Alliance
    A Canadian Lefty in the Land of King George
    A la Gauche
    A Mockingbird's Medley
    A Theory of Power
    All Facts and Opinions
    American Samizdat
    An old soul...
    angela bowers : tales from under the bar
    Angry White Kid
    Another Liberal Blog
    Anti-Zionist Notes
    Arancaytar's Little Corner
    Arran's Alley
    at ease
    Banality Fair
    Barking Dingo
    Benjamin Solah's blog
    Biomes Blog
    Blog d'Elisson
    Brian Patton
    By Beauty Damned
    Chicken Foot Stew
    Comments From Left Field
    Convoluted Insanity
    Cultural Revolution
    D r. M e n l o
    DancingStar Tao
    Dead Men Left
    Democracy for California
    Democrat Voice, All in One
    diogenesian discourse
    Dispatch from the Trenches
    Dissent Channel
    Doug Ireland
    El Oso
    et alia
    Everything You Know Is Wrong
    ex-lion tamer
    Fighting the War on Error
    Gentle Breezes
    God of Biscuits
    Guns, Germs & Steeled
    Hammer and Nail
    Heart, Soul & Humor
    Henry Baum
    Hope 4 America
    I protest
    In Search of Utopia
    Inspector Lohmann
    International Rock City
    Island Dave's View
    Jews sans frontieres
    John P. Hoke's Asylum
    Julie Saltman
    King of Zembla
    Left End of the Dial
    Liberal Center
    Life in the Third Layer
    Loaded Mouth
    Mad Kane
    Madison County Young Democrats
    Messenger Puppet
    Motor City Bad Kitty
    Mouse Musings
    Mullah BillDoug
    Net Politik
    Never Knew I was living in the
    Nick Lewis
    No Religion Now
    Now Then
    Odessa Street
    Off-The-Record, Off-The-Wall
    Orient Lodge
    Outside The Asylum
    O'eo Cookie
    pas au-dela
    Peace Garden
    Pesky' Apostrophe
    Pinko Feminist Hellcat
    Political Strategy
    Postcards from Nowhere
    PrairieWeb Blog
    Princess Wild Cow
    Progressive Society
    Raks Infinity
    RANDOM THOUGHTS on Politics
    Ratboy's Anvil
    Ray Garraud
    Red Harvest
    Rising Hegemon
    Rooftop Report
    Rox Populi
    Science And Politics
    Scrutiny Hooligans
    ShabOOty's Madness
    Shameless Agitator
    Shining Light in Dark Corners
    Simply Appalling
    Spontaneous Arising
    Stained Glass Soul
    State Of The Qusan
    Straight Bannana
    Streak's Blog
    Swerve Left
    The Bait and Switch President
    The Blogosphere Zoo
    The Blur Belt
    The Cat's Blog
    The Fire Horse Society
    The Front Line
    The Hegemo's Creative Class Warfare
    The Intolerable Banality of Evil
    the last 5 pages
    The Last Day of My Life
    The Mirthful Ones
    The Unrepentant Leftist
    The Vast Dairy State Conspiracy
    The Wake
    The Ward Report
    Theory of Power
    Thoughts from Kansas
    Thoughts from Kansas
    Total Information Awareness
    Town and Planet
    Wealth Bondage
    What It Is Today
    Where the Dolphins Play
    Where We're Bound
    Why are we Back in Iraq?
    Zen Dreaming

    Register here to join the PBA.