Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce is a writer-at-large for Esquire and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Times Magazine, the Nation, the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune, among others.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
I'd Like to Offer This Sanity Quiz to All #NeverTrump Conservatives
I am told regularly by people I admire and respect to hold my cynical tongue about all the career conservatives and television flotsam from the late and unlamented Avignon Presidency who now are all over the airwaves deploring the terrible things being done to the Republic by the president* and his...
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"He’s just as dim and, therefore, just as pliable as this guy. What are they waiting for?" (Photo: Hal Yeager/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Republicans Must Be Thinking About a President Mike Pence Right Now
Vice President* Mike Pence is stopping by the Commonwealth (God save it!) on Tuesday night to raise money for the Trump re-election effort and the Republican National Committee. (Some crumbs may accrue to the Massachusetts Republican Party, probably to keep the lights on, and to keep the local...
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"Walker had been thumping his tubs for weeks about how “outside forces” were making the good people of Wisconsin pay for special elections that Walker was obligated by law to call." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, March 30, 2018
How Much Taxpayer Money Has Scott Walker Wasted Fighting Courts That Told Him to Do His Job?
Because we are on our way to San Antone— mandatory nod to Bob Wills —we are making only two stops on our tour this week, but both of them are cherce. We begin in Wisconsin, where the desperate attempts of Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage that particular...
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Chemical plant outside of Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Nothing to See Here, Just Freedom
Speaking of things blowing up in Texas—the home of the unregulated fertilizer plant and other such sophisticated pre-explosive devices made possible by a business-friendly economic climate—over the weekend, a chemical plant outside of Fort Wor th went up. From The Fort Worth Star-Telegram :...
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Conor Lamb's Victory Matters, and Paul Ryan Should Be Scared
The fundamentally absurd subtext to Tuesday night’s extended exercises in the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania was that, by the time of the midterm elections this November, the district will not even exist in its present form. So, for a couple of months, Conor Lamb and Rick Saccone had...
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You have to admit that’s quite an array of nations seeking to leave young Jared wearing a barrel. Views
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
How Do You Deal with This Much Nonsense?
This simply can’t go on. I say this to myself every day when I first open the doors to the shebeen and take stock of what’s going on down at Camp Runamuck on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Republic was built to withstand a lot of things, but it was not designed to be run by the likes of President* Trump...
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Saturday, February 10, 2018
The GOP Monster Is Out of the Lab
Folks haven’t been hipped to this yet, but the Texas Republican party is completely outside of its mind at the moment. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is refusing to let Sandra Bullock film her Wendy Davis biopic in the actual chamber where Davis held the floor for 13 hours in 2013 to delay passage...
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"In the real world, and especially in the lives of every American who is not an oligarch, this master plan has come at a terrible cost." (Photo: Reuters/Gary Cameron) Views
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Republican Ruthlessness and Democratic Ineptitude Got Us Here
On Wednesday, Salon published a remarkable piece based on documents it sprung from various places, including the inner sanctums of Republican organizations, that paints almost a complete picture of how that party got itself ahead in the long game of redistricting our politics to its complete...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?
“A shepherd must isolate such an animal (with scrapie) from healthy stock immediately because it is infectious and can cause serious harm to the flock.” — German agricultural publication, 1759. Scrapie is a prion disease, similar in its effect to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease)...
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Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Un-American ICE
When the damage done by this administration* is toted up, assuming there will be somebody left to count the cost, the unleashing of Border Patrol and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, and the subsequent depredations thereof, are going to rank right at the top of the list. If you...
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