Richard Kim is the executive editor of The Nation. He is co-editor, with Betsy Reed, of the New York Times bestselling anthology Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare. Kim has appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, Up with Chris Hayes/Steve Kornacki, Melissa Harris-Perry, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now! and other media outlets. He has taught at New York University and Skidmore College.
At the moment, we don't know if gunman Jared Lee Loughner was motivated by partisanship or ideology. But his shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her constituents was a political attack nonetheless.
A raft of establishment voices have supported the right to build an Islamic center near ground zero, but that hasn't quelled the controversy one bit. Let's face it: Sarah Palin's Twitter account won.
In the wake of Andrew Breitbart's Shirley Sherrod hoax, all too many liberals are ready to proclaim that racism is over, caving to the Tea Party's politics of resentment.