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Robert S. McElvaine is a professor of history at Millsaps College and the author of ten books. He is a frequent contributor to the op ed pages of the major national newspapers and blogs for the Huffington Post. His latest book is "Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion in America" (Crown).

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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 14, 2008
"Well . . . I'd Like to Bring about World War, Charlie" Sarah Palin was runner-up in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant. Her answers to some of Charlie Gibson seemed like those of some pageant contestants. But instead of giving the standard answer that she seeks "world peace," Palin in effect said she seeks world war. It's appropriate that her pageant was in 1984.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 12, 2008
Christian Author Warns of Palin's "Scary" Religion: "Answer Questions, as JFK Did 48 Years Ago Today" On this date in 1960, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy appeared before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association and a national television audience to address widespread concerns that his religion might harmfully influence the way he would preside over the United States if he won the election. It is high time for Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin to face a similar forum.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 8, 2008
Wake Up, America! - The Morning After America's Blind Date with Sarah Palin Americans need to get out of bed with this candidate, quickly, while their virtue is still intact.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2008
Oops, The McCains Said It Again On Sunday, when Cindy McCain said that Sarah Palin's national security experience is that "Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia," we all assumed it was a gaffe. But more than three days later, all her husband could come up with in response to a question about whether Gov. Palin's has enough experience to be commander-in-chief was: "Alaska is right next to Russia. She understands that."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Gone Old Party's Campaign Song: "McCain's Wonderful World" With apologies to the late Sam Cooke, this is my suggestion for the theme song the Republicans should be singing at their convention and throughout the campaign.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 30, 2008
She's Not Quayle; She's Thomas McCain's cynical selection of Sarah Palin is a reprise of George H.W. Bush's nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. "I'll get on my knees and pray / We don't get fooled again."
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 29, 2008
No Dice to a President Who Loves to Roll Dice John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin confirms just what Barack Obama said about him in his acceptance speech: that he doesn't have the temperament or judgment to be president. McCain loves to play craps and we don't a dice-thrower as president.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 25, 2008
Sports Fans: Oppose McCain! As Americans make the overnight transition from the Olympics to presidential politics, shifting attention from Beijing to Denver, sports fans should realize that the US will not get the 2016 Olympics if McCain is elected.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Obama v. "Oh, Bomb 'Em" Republicans and "Christians" love John McCain's "crisp, forceful" response to Pastor Rick Warren's question about how to deal with evil: "Defeat it!" But it is the opposite of what Jesus taught we should do in the face of evil.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 14, 2008
Back in the Saddle(back) In trying to strike a balance between religious voters and those who are fearful of the religious right, McCain has, like Nixon in 1968, embraced those he knows are wrong.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Paris Hiltons of Elections Past When they ran for president, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy were seen as fluff -- celebrities -- but they are now generally seen as the two greatest presidents of the past century. So was another guy, one the GOP likes.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 1, 2008
The Ludacris-Rove-McCain Axis "The race card" is something that is only played by someone who can hope to use it to produce a winning hand. In this game, it is obvious that that player is John McCain.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Beer Drinkers, Beware McCain! "If you like what happened to the price of gasoline with two oilmen running the government," Cindy McCain said gleefully, "you'll love what will happen to the price of beer with a beerwoman as first lady!"
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Ghosts of 1960 There are remarable parallels between the 1960 and 2008 elections, but there are also a few critical differences. Both the similarities and the divergences are instructive in assessing how the 2008 Election is likely to unfold. That Kennedy, despite his great advantages over Nixon, almost lost, should serve as a warning to Barack Obama.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 13, 2008
Grand Theft Jesus-IJ Released! Satirical piece on the release of a new electronic game, Grand Theft Jesus-IJ, in which players get to turn Jesus upside down, hunt for upright Jesuses, and laugh with Inverted Jesus as people in New Orleans drown during Katrina, among other fun "Christian" activities.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 6, 2008
Jesus Thieves Convene for McCain In a gathering reminiscent of the 1957 organized crime summit in Apalachin, New York, some ninety major figures in the rightwing conspiracy to kidnap Jesus and commit identity theft against him gathered last week in Denver. These Jesus Thieves preach value$ opposite those of Jesus. Most of them agreed to back John McCain.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 3, 2008
Panic, Anyone? While President Bush continues to toss around such euphemisms as "rough patch" and "tough times," most Americans have clearly felt the effects of a recession--a "bear economy"--for the past few months. The question now is whether we are facing something far worse.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 2, 2008
"Bring 'Em On!" - The Fifth Anniversary of Bush's Declaration of Indecency Five years ago, when Bush said "bring 'em on!", he was inviting Iraqis to try to kill American troops. Few things a commander-in-chief could say would be as reprehensible as this comment.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Harmonic Convergence In the week during which the nation marks the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination The hope that died in 1968, particularly with the murders of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, is reborn in an improbable presidential nominee who presents himself as the embodiment of "the audacity of hope."-

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