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Smart v. Stupid: A media narrative has emerged about immigration, something to the tune of “everybody agrees that 'Washington hasn’t done its job.'” Republicans like the narrative. Immigration-reform advocates like it. Gov. Jan Brewer likes it. The trouble is, it's just not true. Read more»

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf aka Bagdad Bob

New Smart v. Stupid column: I’ve never written or cared much about Sarah Palin. But her recent Twitter offensive blaming “Greenies” for the Gulf oil spill – to defend her signature line “Drill Baby, Drill!” – got me thinking about how much she reminded me of Baghdad Bob. Read more»

A Tea Party rally in Sept. 2009.

"Smart v. Stupid" may sound a little pretentious in today's wide-open marketplace of ideas. But current political debate is long on "noise" and short on substance primarily because stupid ideas go unchallenged. Read more» 3