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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).
(14 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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."-