Biden Fumbles, Harris Soars, & Bernie Appears: A Few Takeaways from Last Week’s Debates

So I wanted to reflect on some thoughts I had over last week’s Democratic Party presidential debates.  I purposely wanted to wait a few days after to get a sense of how media and poll responses to them have helped recalibrate the main candidates running, and far from an initial expectation that nobody would really … Continue reading Biden Fumbles, Harris Soars, & Bernie Appears: A Few Takeaways from Last Week’s Debates

Warren, Bernie & Biden: Strengths & Weaknesses as They Approach the Upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate

On Wednesday and Thursday, NBC News will host the first two Democratic debates for the 2020 election, in association with the re-tweaked platform rules managed by the Democratic National Committee. As Julia Azari argued recently on FiveThirtyEight, debates often have the most impact on voter preference “when voters have relatively little information about the candidates”. … Continue reading Warren, Bernie & Biden: Strengths & Weaknesses as They Approach the Upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate

Joe Biden’s “Return to Normalcy” Strategy is the Surest Way to Get Trump Re-elected

Since tossing his hat into the ring a few weeks ago, ex-Veep Joe Biden has taken an envious lead ahead of fellow Democratic Party contenders such as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Kamala Harris. Contrary to my own predictions that he would bow out of a race that was looking increasingly inhospitable to conservative Democrats, … Continue reading Joe Biden’s “Return to Normalcy” Strategy is the Surest Way to Get Trump Re-elected

Sanders Effortlessly Crosses the Political Divide in his Fox News’ Town Hall Debate

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1118155023849017345 You know you’ve done something right when President Trump is questioning Fox News. With Trump tweeting the above the morning after Sander's debate on the Republican-friendly network, Trump's slightly cryptic, yet critical message in response to the senator’s appearance on its Town Hall series said a great deal about the outcome both he and … Continue reading Sanders Effortlessly Crosses the Political Divide in his Fox News’ Town Hall Debate

Frankie Boyle’s “New World Order” is a Testament to the Exceptionalism of Political Comedy

I was really struck by writer and socio-political commentator George Monbiot’s reflections on the latest episode of Frankie Boyle’s political comedy BBC show “New World Order”. Discussing the need to take urgent action on climate change, Monbiot brought the show’s panel and audience to a respectful silence by arguing that our current, timid approach to … Continue reading Frankie Boyle’s “New World Order” is a Testament to the Exceptionalism of Political Comedy

Why Moving Past Mueller Could Prove to be a Boon for Progressives

I wanted to write a few quick words on the fallout from the yet-to-be-released Mueller Report.  U.S Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report, indicating the 2016 Trump campaign had not “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government, delighted Republicans and disappointed Democrats in equal measure. For many on the right, such as The … Continue reading Why Moving Past Mueller Could Prove to be a Boon for Progressives

Comedy Review: The Carnal Magic of Scott Agnew’s “Work in Progress”

My review of the fantastic Scott Agnew's "Work in Progress" show, as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival, has been published by the excellent Mumble Comedy.   If you are interested in reading it, it can be accessed here:  https://mumblecomedy.net/2019/04/02/the-carnal-magic-of-scott-agnews-work-in-progress/  

Guest Contribution: Twist Top Beer is Evil and so is Pizza

My good friend Mark Strathie has been kind enough to provide The Culture Doc with an excellent contribution on the complexities of American commercial culture, and the problematic temptation of seeing ourselves outside of the claws of advertising. It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and I’m watching countless Friends re-runs on Netflix.  When I start getting … Continue reading Guest Contribution: Twist Top Beer is Evil and so is Pizza