THERE IS A revealing tradition of apostasy in American politics. Ronald Reagan’s disingenuous claim never to have left the Democratic Party (“It left me”) helped him woo millions of blue-collar Democrats. Hillary Clinton’s decision to downplay her early Republicanism, by contrast, signalled her lack of ambition to win votes from the other side. That Donald Trump switched camps at least five times before entering the Republican primary suggested his disloyalty to any party. Elizabeth Warren’s gravitation from right to left, and the use she is making of it in her increasingly fancied presidential campaign, is another telling case. Unlike Mrs Clinton, she is leaning into her Republican past. Her stump speech, which Lexington heard in a sun-dappled New Hampshire garden last week, opens with a description of her conservative upbringing in Oklahoma: her three brothers in uniform, her frugal parents. It testifies to her experience, rare in a former Harvard law … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren, saviour of capitalism
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By Elle Hunt for The Spinoff The metric system might seem obvious to us, but resisting it has started to become a point of extreme pride for Americans. Can New Zealanders help save them? The Spinoff's Elle Hunt investigates. OPINION: With Trump gearing up for his 2020 campaign amid ongoing investigations into Russian interference, it is the question on every honest American's lips: can the US continue to stand alone against the metric system? Metric system 'creepy', symbol of 'tyranny' - Fox News host Tucker Carlson Earlier this month, the country's fearless resistance of the existential threat posed by metres and grams was applauded on Tucker Carlson Tonight during an interview with James Panero, the executive editor of The New Criterion, a conservative culture journal. No, that's not an oxymoron. It's a publication that alternates between comparing Trump to "frank and manly" Pericles - master orator and general of Athens during its Golden Age - and scoring cheap points against … [Read more...] about Why do some people really hate the metric system?
As tensions with Iran threaten to spill over into war, the big question is who has sway over President Donald Trump, his hawkish advisers or a cautious Fox News host, and the answer might make all the difference. According to the Washington Post, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is drawing his own “red lines” on Iran, while National Security Advisor John Bolton controls what Trump sees and hears, insulating the president from opinions different from his hard-line position when it comes to dealing with Tehran. Meanwhile, the Daily Beast claims that it’s Tucker Carlson who actually has Trump’s ear when it comes to Iran. The prime-time Fox News host, who once supported George W. Bush’s attack on Iraq, has renounced that position and become an outspoken critic of US military adventurism. His show bills itself as the “sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness, and groupthink” and Carlson frequently brings up Trump’s promise to withdraw from … [Read more...] about Is it John Bolton or Tucker Carlson who has Trump’s ear on Iran?
A popular TV host in the US has taken aim at a "weird, utopian inelegant, creepy" symbol of "tyranny" the rest of the world takes for granted - the metric system. Tucker Carlson, a Fox News presenter whose show is watched by 3 million people every night, told viewers he'd "accept the kilometre when we accept the euro - never". Carlson's guest on Wednesday night (US time) was a New York-based art critic and anti-metric activist, James Panero. "Almost every nation on Earth has fallen under the yoke of tyranny - the metric system," said Carlson, introducing his guest. "From Beijing to Buenos Aires from Lusaka to London, the people the world have been forced to measure their environment in millimetres and kilograms," he added, mispronouncing the latter and screwing up his face in disgust. The US, Burma and Liberia are the only countries in the world in which imperial measurements are widely used. Carlson asked Panero how long the US could hold out against metric. "We should stand tall … [Read more...] about Metric system ‘creepy’, symbol of ‘tyranny’
Nicholas Wu USA TODAY Published 7:40 AM EDT Jun 6, 2019 WASHINGTON — In his opening monologue on Wednesday evening's episode of his show on Fox News, Tucker Carlson had praise for a surprising person — Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat and Carlson couldn’t be further apart on most issues, but the host had praise for her economic plan that her team released on Medium on Wednesday. Carlson read through parts of the plan without directly referring to Warren before saying, "So no, a Republican did not say that. Sadly. Instead, the words you just heard are from — and brace yourself here — Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. It's true." Carlson noted that Warren had just "released what she called her plan for economic patriotism. Amazingly, that's pretty much what it is." "Even more remarkable, a lot of Warren's policy prescriptions make obvious sense," he continued, praising her proposals for buy-American policies … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson praises Elizabeth Warren as ‘Trump at his best’