Stories by Steve Benen

Steve Benen is "blogger in chief" of the popular Washington Monthly online blog, Political Animal. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08." subscribe to Steve Benen's feed

Posted on: Aug 27, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

I was foolish enough to believe the RNC was incapable of surprising me. Live and learn.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Republicans oppose health care reform. They shouldn't blame Ted Kennedy's absence and death for their obstinacy.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Kennedy's death puts the number of senate Dems at 59, which could make defeating a Republican filibuster impossible.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Grassley, supposedly a beacon of bipartisanship, is regurgitating GOP lies.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Matthew Vadum criticizes Obama's plan to make Sept. 11 a day of service, claiming it will erase the meaning of the terrorist attacks.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

How far gone is Sen. John McCain?

Posted on: Aug 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The White House is poised to include health care arm-twisting to Biden's to-do list.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Other reform advocates must say with confidence that nonsensical beliefs are nonsensical beliefs.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Yes, Republicans are still obsessed with this.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Turns out, more than you'd think.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The "far-left" is responsible for a bogus claim Grassley was touting as recently as last week?

Posted on: Aug 17, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Rick Perlstein has a terrific piece providing some historical context for the right-wing rage we're seeing today.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

It's possible even he doesn't believe what comes out of his mouth.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

To her credit, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) managed to offer at least some criticism of conservative activists.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

This combines the worst parts of astroturfing and grassroots organizing.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Maybe GOP/conservative leaders should consider curtailing the lies a little, and scale back on the most vile attacks.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

This is the kind of rhetoric people offer when they want to encourage a furious mob to get even angrier.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

How afraid are they?

Posted on: Aug 10, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Maybe it's not so terrible, says Krugman.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

In fact, SEIU seems to have quickly become the new focus of far-right activists.

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