In The House

Monday, May 14, 2012

Robert Draper, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and GQ and the author of Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, talks about the House of Representatives since the 2010 elections.

Comments [10]

Ed from Larchmont

Yes, but for people of faith of any stripe - he's running against Satan himself, so they'll vote for Romney.

May. 14 2012 11:55 AM
Calls'em from Wash, DC

Who blocked 0bama? He had a super majority in the House & Senate for 2 years and still got little done, because he and the majority of Dems are socialists, uninterested in compromise and members of their own party resisted disastrous "changes."

May. 14 2012 10:50 AM
gary from queens

Republicans didn't invent the idea of undermining a President on the first day he takes office, as you guest alleges.

Democrats' constant refrain was that Bush was SELECTED, not elected, by the supreme court. So prevalent was the de-legitimization of the Bush Admin that I wrote about it as it was still going on by 2004! Here:

May. 14 2012 10:44 AM
Marcos from the Bronx

Evangelical literally means centered on the Good News. It means Godnewsical. It is not a synonym for fundamentalist or conservative. Please use these terms appropriately. See the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a mainline denomination which allows Lesbian and Gay clergy, and marriage, as an example.

And from an academic stand point, it is fair to say that Mormons are not Christians. Not only have they developed radically different teachings from historic churches. They've also introduced new scriptures. Of course Judaism and Christianity share many, but not all scriptures. But, they are different religions. Islam and Christianity both revere Jesus, in different ways. But, of course they're different religions. This is not intolerance. It's comparative study of religion.

May. 14 2012 10:34 AM
station44025 from Williamsburg

One of the nuances missing from a lot of the reporting on Mormans vs. Evangelicals is that the enmity isn't necessarily a simple case of bigotry. In many western strongholds of Mormonism, which are also populated by a lot of Christian conservatives, the LDS church community power base controls local governments, institutions, and businesses to the exclusion of non-mormons. This is in the context of their own history of being persecuted and exiled, and bad blood goes back for generations. It isn't dissimilar to religious conflicts in other parts of the world where the stakes aren't just ideological, but intertwined with economics, power, and property. I don't think people can really understand the dynamic if it is simply cast as a religious disagreement among groups of mysterious ideologues. Just saying. I know a lot of people in the rural west who, given the choice between a Democrat (read: "Socialist") and a Mormon (read: "Mafia") will probably either stay home or cast a 3rd party protest vote.

May. 14 2012 10:33 AM


...pass another cup of that KoolAid, please.



May. 14 2012 10:26 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

I agree with John from NYC.... Brian, your own politics are showing....

You did NOT question or debate the validity of the stats that Romney cited, you merely made snarky, offhanded comments about it.

We expect more from you Brian. Some of us anyhow....

May. 14 2012 10:23 AM
John from NYC

HEY !!!!

Let's not get so caught up in the politics that we lose sight of the reality.

Romney quoted some statistics about social behavior and poverty.


May. 14 2012 10:18 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The house has done nothing of value for years.

The tea party has been totally co-opted by Republican party and Boehner.

Once the "tea party" freshmen get used to their congressional perks and benefits, they will melt away into the establishment.

May. 14 2012 10:12 AM

BL Ron Paul is still running strong, and MSM's reporting of the actual delegate numbers is close to a blatant lie.

May. 14 2012 10:12 AM

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