Donald Trump Is The Iraq War

Hamilton Nolan · 03/23/16 12:26PM

History regularly offers up events that turn out to be litmus tests for political courage, wisdom, and judgment. The last one was the Iraq War. The new one is the candidacy of Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz Terrified of Bug

Hamilton Nolan · 09/16/15 10:50AM

Ted Cruz, the Texas Hair Gel Depository, wants to train the full power of the world’s mightiest military on a lil bug.

Stop Being Such a Coward, Queen Latifah--Maybe

Rich Juzwiak · 10/30/14 01:32PM

You might think that right now, Bill Cosby would be an ideal interview subject. With a renewed interest in rape and harassment allegations, thanks in no small part to Hannibal Buress, on top of the fact that the 77-year-old is a complete and utter spectacle, he would be an ideal get for any interviewer worth her salt. To have him already booked on your show in light of these recent developments? Why that would be a dream come true!

Hamilton Nolan · 10/10/14 02:57PM

Despite being an Obama delegate in 2012, Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes has repeatedly refused to answer the question of whether she voted for Barack Obama. Her bravery and forthrightness should fit right in in Washington.

Cowardice As a Political Philosophy

Hamilton Nolan · 03/26/13 11:19AM

The tenth anniversary of the Iraq War was marked by a procession of mostly liberal pundits solemnly apologizing for supporting the ill-fated invasion in the first place. As the issue of gay marriage goes in front of the Supreme Court, we're treated to the sight of the former president who signed the Defense of Marriage Act arguing that it should be overturned. Let's talk about what courage and cowardice in politics really mean.

The Year's Most Insipid Political Gesture

Hamilton Nolan · 12/27/12 10:25AM

If you buy coffee at a Starbucks in the Washington, DC area today or tomorrow, do not be surprised to find the words "Come Together" scrawled illegibly on your cup. You can blame this on the fact that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is a tepid showman masquerading as a bold visionary.

Leaked Debate Agreement Shows Both Obama and Romney are Sniveling Cowards

John Cook · 10/15/12 04:30PM

Time's Mark Halperin has made himself useful for once by obtaining, and publishing, a copy of the 21-page memorandum of understanding that the Obama and Romney campaigns negotiated with the Commission on Presidential Debates establishing the rules governing this month's presidential and vice presidential face-offs. The upshot: Both campaigns are terrified at anything even remotely spontaneous happening.

Listen to Italy's Most Cowardly Captain Refuse to Return to His Sinking Ship

John Cook · 01/17/12 01:55PM

Francesco Schettino, the Italian cruise ship captain who caroused with his passengers before steering his ship dangerously close to shore and then fleeing immediately when it ran aground and capsized, leaving 11 (at last count) to die and thousands to flail in terror, sounds like a real go-getter. Here is a tape of an Italian Coast Guard official ordering Schettino, who was speaking by phone from a lifeboat, to get back aboard and help evacuate the women and children who were still on his boat. He said no.

Professional Troll Flees Iowa In Fear

Hamilton Nolan · 12/21/11 02:41PM

University of Iowa professor and pretentious troll-journalist Stephen Bloom recently wrote an article in The Atlantic mocking Iowa as a backward, hick-filled state full of people smoking meth out of corncobs (paraphrasing). Which it is, probably! (Never been there personally, thank god.) But now Stephen Bloom has literally fled the state in terror to "an undisclosed location" after Iowans got mad at him. You're doing this all wrong, Stephen Bloom.

John McCain Freaks Out at Reporters Over DADT Questions

Matt Cherette · 09/21/10 11:42PM

Apparently, John McCain—who helped block a vote to repeal DADT today—doesn't like explaining himself. When The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld and Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner asked McCain questions about the policy this afternoon, he got quite testy. Video inside.