Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sans Culottes

Commentary By Ron Beasley

The sans culottes were the radical french militants of the lower classes, typically urban laborers. Though ill-clad and ill-equipped, they made up the bulk of the Revolutionary army during the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars. As more conservative elements took over after the over throw of the French Monarchy and Robespierre was executed they were forcibly and permanently suppressed.

Fast forward to 2010 - The Tea Party has taken control in the House and seems to have much of the power in the Republican party.  While the sans culottes got much of their of the energy from hatred of the King - the Tea party gets theirs from hating Obama.

Tea Party

I suspect that many of the Tea Party members are still fighting the Civil War.

The Tea Party members are also the ones most likely to show up at the Republican primaries and caucuses and may end up deciding the Republican nominee for President and other offices.  Their ideolgy is not in line with independents or even many Republicans. 

The economy will still be really bad in 2012 which historically should mean Obama and the Democrats will lose.  But for the Republicans to win they have to nominate candidates that a majority thinks will do a better job than Obama.  Will the Tea Party make it impossible for the Republicans to do that? 

Big business and Wall Street have been big supporters of the Republicans.  But the Koch brothers and the Chamber of Commerce don't like lawmakers they can't control which would be most of the freshman class of Republican lawmakers.  And this from David Frum:

Isn�t it conceivable that Obama�s real end-game in these budget talks is to destroy Republican presidential fund raising for 2012 by goading congressional Republicans in 2011 into appearing maximally reckless and irresponsible?

If so, you have to say: the plan�s working brilliantly.

Now I doubt that Obama had that plan but it seems to be working out that way.  There is a lot of talk about Rupert Murdoch's legacy.  Could it be his creation of the Tea Party?   And you have to wonder what Dick Armee is thinking right now.  The Tea Party combined with incredibly unpopular governors in the swing states of Ohio and Florida make an Obama win likely. Even if the Republicans nominate the relatively sane Romney he is going to have so much crazy baggage from the nomination race it may be hard for him to win.  On top of that the Republicans will be forced to throw a VP bone to the Tea Party once again making a lunatic one heart beat away from the presidency.


  1. The democratic party had a similar problem back in the 20's - when the second iteration of the KKK infiltrated the party. The influence of the klan became so great (literally taking over some state party apparat's, such as Indiana) that the democrats had to force a vote at it's 1924 convention to remove an official recognition of the KKK agenda from the party plank. The vote barely passed, but in doing so initiated the long slow decline of political nativism associated with the klan. And especially it's associated taint with the democratic party, that by the end of the decade had reoriented itself into a formidable force against all nativist inclinations and cleared the way for the Roosevelt "social(ist) revolution" and 30 years of democratic political domination.
    If the republicans ever expect to win any more national elections, they'll have to do something similar with the teabag variant.