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.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Team Romney scores an own goal

By BJ Bjornson

There really isn�t any better way to describe this quote from top Romney advisor Eric Fehnstrom when asked whether or not the radical far-right positions Romney�s been espousing during the primaries may hurt him come the fall regular election campaign.

Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It�s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.

Forget for a moment that it has already been noted that it is actually far harder for a candidate to back down from their primary promises than a lot of people like to believe it is and remember that we�re talking about a candidate who has been doing his level best to convince the rabid Tea Party GOP base that despite his reputation as a �well-oiled weathervane�, he actually does really hold all of the ultra-right wing positions he�s been spouting and happen to directly contradict everything he�s ever done in public life outside of the campaign for president. Now, one of his advisors goes out and says that as soon as Romney has clinched the GOP nomination, he�s going to throw out everything he told the GOP base and start his campaign promises all over.

Romney�s opponents have to be laughing their assess off right about now at the great gift they�ve just been given. It probably still won�t help Santorum or Gingrich, but it has helpfully reinforced the single greatest weakness Romney has as a candidate; the fact that he appears willing to take any and all positions on an issue should it appear politically favourable at the moment, and the fact that it has come from his own advisor just makes it stick to him that much more.

1 comment:

  1. It used to be that a politician could go from town to town with contradictory positions and no one would notice. In fact, each town would get its own position statement. The last pol who tried that was John McCain who clearly never realized the impact of the internet. Romney should remember his Emily Dickinson:
    A word is dead,
    when it is said some say
    But I say
    It lives from that day.