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.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Giving Up on 2012 (Updated)

Commentary By Ron Beasley

Update: Here is the entire Will column: Mitt Romney, the pretzel candidate.

I'ts even more damning than the snippet below.

It is CW that Mitt Romney is the choice of the Republican establishment.  As opposed to the clown show that is the rest of the Republican candidates he is the only one who might actually beat Obama.  Now there is no one who is more Republican establishment than George Will so I was surprised to see he had a Romney hit piece:

Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable, he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate: Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the tea party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming. Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from �data� ... Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for THIS?

Now of course everything he says is true but why is he saying it?  Is it because the Republican establishment willing  to let thy Tea Party their way in 2012  and get soundly beaten.  This might give the Republican establishment a chance to get their party back. 


  1. "no one who is more Republican establishment than George Will"
    There is also no one who is a more complete idiot, either, and his idiocy has nothing whatever to do with his Republicanism, it has to do with his IQ being somewhere around room temperature.

  2. As opposed to the clown show that is the rest of the Republican candidates he is the only one who might actually beat Obama.
    I actually doubt that. The Republicans went with the least objectionable candidate last time around and found that doing so was causing such a lack of enthusiasm in their base that they had to add the "Quitta From Wasilla" to the ticket to keep things close. Romney is so patently false, a "perfectly lubricated weathervane" as Huntsman put it, that I can't see Obama having any difficulty trouncing him. Romney's survival is mostly about the weakness of the rest of the Republican field rather than any real electability prospects.
    IMHO, someone like Perry still poses the greater threat to Obama if he can recover from his early stumbles. Unlike Romney, he can motivate the base to turn out, and you know that regardless who wins the Republican nomination, the media will immediately treat them as being totally serious and not really as nuts as a sober reading of their positions and statements make them look. The enthusiam gap that sees the Tea Party base turn out in droves while the "professional left" sits on their hands to teach the Democrats the lesson that they would prefer to see a Republican in charge rather than a Democrat who doesn't bow to their every whim may just be enough to topple Obama.