NY Mag Writer Demands Ralph Nader ‘Confess’ for Elevating Bush

June 20th, 2016 8:06 PM
Ralph Nader, are you prepared to don a sackcloth and perform a public act of penance for your role in causing the defeat of Al Gore in the 2000 election? Who is demanding this political burning of Nader? Jonathan Chait of New York magazine who still can't get over his obsession with Gore's loss in the 2000 election. He flat out blames Ralph Nader for that loss and is now enraged that…

NY Mag Pundit: ‘Trump TV’ Would ‘Cater’ to Right’s ‘Delusions’

June 19th, 2016 2:20 PM
A few days ago, Vanity Fair reported that Donald Trump is “considering creating his own media business, built on the audience that has supported him thus far in his bid to become the next president of the United States.” Jonathan Chait thinks such a venture “makes sense” since there’d be a “numerically large” ready-made audience for its fare. “…

Daily Kos Writer: Only ‘Idiots’ Think Saying ‘Radical Islam' Matters

June 17th, 2016 8:52 PM
In a Monday piece, the writer who goes by Doctor RJ dismissed opponents of the PC agenda as “white conservatives” who believe they’re being victimized by “a thought-policing left,” whereas in reality “this is not a situation where people are being silenced from expressing an opinion.” As the Doctor sees it, “When we break the political correctness…

Liberal Pundit: Racist Voters Key Enablers of Republican Agenda

June 9th, 2016 11:38 PM
When liberals call Republicans “deniers,” it typically has to do with climate change. Jonathan Chait alleges big-time GOP denial on a non-scientific matter. “Republican voting support is increasingly coterminous with white racial resentment even as conservatives firmly believe in their own racial innocence,” wrote Chait in a Tuesday post. “Conservatives deny the…

New York Magazine Pundit: Tea Party Was Trumpian, Not Conservative

May 25th, 2016 10:55 AM
New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait has contempt for both Donald Trump (“his appeal operates…at a sub-intellectual level”) and those who’ve voted for him (“the Republican Party turns out to be filled with idiots”). Still, suggested Chait in a Thursday post, Trump and his supporters have unwittingly clarified something important: the Tea Party movement is…

New York Magazine Pundit: ‘Crude Tribalism’ Animates Typical GOP Voter

May 9th, 2016 7:25 AM
In a Tuesday post, New York magazine’s Chait suggested that conservatism is driven not by an elite but by its riff-raff. Chait asserted, “Whatever [the] abstract arguments for conservative policy…on the ground, Republican politics boils down to ethno-nationalistic passions ungoverned by reason,” and remarked that Donald Trump’s supporters “have revealed things…

Blogger Blasts Bernie’s ‘Right-Wing’ Position on Philly Soda Tax

April 28th, 2016 10:22 PM
New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait admires Bernie Sanders’s willingness (eagerness?) to raise taxes so as to “finance the kind of social benefits American liberals would prefer.” That’s why Chait is disappointed that Sanders opposes Philadelphia’s proposed three-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, revenue from which would fund citywide pre-…

Jonathan Chait: Conservatives, ‘Acceptable’ Health Reform Don’t Mix

April 12th, 2016 6:05 PM
There’s a crucial difference between the Loch Ness Monster and any Republican health-care-reform plan worthy of the name: Nessie almost certainly does not exist, but the GOP plan cannot exist. That, essentially, was the message of a Monday blog post by New York magazine’s Chait. “It is impossible to design a health-care plan that is both consistent with conservative ideology…

Blogger: ‘Bat-Sh*t Crazy’ GOPers Still Won’t Admit Obamacare Works

March 30th, 2016 8:39 PM
“I’ve made up my mind -- don’t confuse me with the facts” could be Republicans’ unofficial motto when it comes to Obamacare, suggested New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait in a Tuesday post concerning decreased growth in health-care costs. Chait asserted that “some aspects of the lower health-care-inflation rate can be clearly tied to Obamacare reforms,…

Pundit Contrasts Obama’s ‘Reasoned’ Approach With GOP’s ‘Meltdown’

March 24th, 2016 8:37 PM
In early 2008, Barack Obama annoyed many liberals when he said that President Reagan (but not President Clinton) had “changed the trajectory of America.” New York magazine’s Chait no doubt will irritate many conservatives by suggesting Obama has done the same over the past seven-plus years. In a piece for the March 21 issue, Chait commented, “Obama hasn’t so much…

Blogger: Trumpmania Proves There Are a Lot of Dumb Conservatives

March 8th, 2016 9:12 PM
If you’re a conservative brainiac, contends New York magazine’s Chait, something’s been nagging at you, especially since Donald Trump started riding high in the polls: the realization that so many of your fellow right-wingers are dumb. “The conservative movement’s tightening grip over the Republican Party has coincided with its elevation of leaders incapable of…

Blogger: ‘White Racism’ Correlates With ‘Republican Loyalty’

February 28th, 2016 2:36 PM
If New York magazine blogger Chait had expressed metaphorically his argument about the relationship between racism and the conservative movement, it might have gone something like this: Conservatism is a perfectly presentable, structurally sound wooden house, but a lot of conservatives are termites. In a Thursday post, Chait himself wrote, “While conservatism has [a] perfectly non-racist…

Blogger Backs Trump ‘Revolt’ of GOP ‘Proletariat’ Against Big Donors

February 7th, 2016 10:51 AM
In a Friday piece, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait delved into why he’d welcome seeing Donald Trump atop this year’s Republican ticket. For one thing, there's the possibility of permanently driving a wedge between the party’s masses and its financial elite. “The GOP is a machine that harnesses ethno-nationalistic fear…to win elections and then, once in…

Kos: If Not For Hillary, Trump Might Have Run as a Democrat

January 27th, 2016 12:59 AM
Left-leaning pundits worth their salt know that Donald Trump isn’t a movement conservative, but many of them believe nonetheless that his candidacy is, in some social/cultural/emotional sense, a fundamentally righty phenomenon. That said, Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas, whose lefty credentials are hardly in question, argued in a Friday post that while Trump “…