Oliver Willis

Oliver Willis has been a blogger since 2000 and has one of the most visited sites in the liberal blogosphere. A widely followed Huffington Post contributor and employee for Media Matters, Oliver is one of the major voices on the progressive Left. As the Boston Globe notes,

Top Articles by Oliver Willis


No, Obama Didn’t Sound Like Bush At The United Nations

The worst possible takeaway from President Obama’s speech at the United Nations today is the idea floating around the conservative bubble and even in some of the mainstream media that he sounded like President Bush. Obama has been almost exactly the same on terrorism from his time as a freshman senator to his fifth year… Read More


Hillary Clinton’s Secret Letters To Santa Exposed

The Daily Banter can exclusively reveal that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote letters to a mysterious man named “Santa” during her formative years. Clinton’s connections to this man have previously been undisclosed. Santa, who has also operated under the aliases “Father Christmas” and “Kris Kringle,” has apparently been at the center of a… Read More


Green Lantern Liberalism

Over the last few years a simplistic brand of Washington groupthink has been termed the “Green Lantern Theory” of presidential power. It is best embodied by simple-minded pundits like National Journal‘s Ron Fournier and the other permanent residents of the Morning Joe roundtable, who think that if Obama just did — something — he could… Read More


NFL Fans Defending Beating A Child’s Scrotum Are Scum

The NFL’s Adrian Peterson beat his child until he bled. The NFL’s Adrian Peterson beat a child on his scrotum. The NFL’s Adrian Peterson didn’t think this was a big deal but hid it from doctors anyways. If you are an NFL fan defending this behavior in any way possible, you are a scumbag. I… Read More


Obama Repeats The Strategy That Killed Bin Laden In Address To Nation About ISIS

When then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would pursue Bin Laden into Pakistan with or without the assistance of the Pakistani government, conservatives (and some Democrats, to be honest) lost it. How could he! Sean Hannity cried crocodile tears about Obama promising to “invade an ally” like Pakistan, while Rush Limbaugh fretted that Obama was… Read More


How “It’s Just Politics” Lets Conservatives Win

In the waning days of the 2012 election, liberals were confused that the Romney campaign, particularly Paul Ryan, could make the argument with a straight face to seniors in swing states like Florida that Democrats endangered the safety net programs they relied on. How could he do this, we asked ourselves. The infamous “Ryan Roadmap”… Read More


No Drama Obama And The Death Of ISIS

In 2008, a big part of President Obama’s electoral victory was his image as “no drama Obama.” What this meant, is that his presidency was a break from the big talking and low results of the Bush presidency, coupled with the dramatic McCain candidacy. We saw this best when McCain stupidly suspended his campaign, while… Read More

U.S. Marines Continue Suppression Of Insurgents

Terrorism And American Responsibility

I had a disheartening exchange on Twitter today. When I stated that the killing of journalist Steven Sotloff was a reminder that ISIS must be ended and that America had to lead the way, I was asked “why?” This question was disheartening because from my point of view the answer is simply self-evident: Because it… Read More


How Four Minutes Of Network TV Could Save The World

If you’re an average American, the last few months and years have introduced some new organizations, governments, and figures that we have been forced to learn the existence of, followed by learning about what they stand for. These include: the various countries involved in the Arab Spring, Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood, Nouri Al-Maliki, Ukraine,… Read More


Killing ISIS, Neocon Dreams, And The One Thing That Bush Got Right

The resurgence of radical Islam in the form of ISIS (or ISIL or Islamic State or whatever those asses are calling themselves this week) shows that we must continue to focus on fighting this brand of terrorism in any way we can, but that we have to be wise about using our powers. The Far… Read More


How The Right Wing Turned Me Into A Black Radical, I Guess

The modern right wing has a simple two step process they use to turn an average black person into a black radical like Stokely Carmichael or Malcolm X: 1.A black person 2.A black person voicing an opinion I know, because it has happened to me, time and time again. First, some personal background. I am… Read More


The Right’s Perverse Prime Directive

In the world of Star Trek, the major rule governing the federation is the prime directive, which forbids interference in developing planets. Here in the real world we have a governing rule which rules the right, but isn’t as nearly as altruistic. It reads: “annoy the left.” It isn’t “beat the left” or “out-debate the… Read More


The Police In Ferguson, Missouri Have Gone Too Far

On Wednesday night, the police force in Ferguson, Missouri overstepped their bounds as law enforcement officers and used their powers to break up what was from all indications a peaceful protest. They should be ashamed, and people should be fired. In addition, the police arrested at least two journalists and in one instance appeared to… Read More


Robin Williams Was The Genie, And It Was A Gift To Us

When Aladdin was released in 1992, I was at the height of my lifelong obsession with Disney. My grandmother bought me this book, Disney’s Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film, which has great behind the scenes details of how the film was made. The signature character of the film is Robin Williams’ Genie, and… Read More

Immigration Reform

Lindsey Graham Wants America To Re-Invade Iraq So He Can Look Like A Tough Guy

They have learned nothing. Absolutely nothing. One half of the Warmonger Twins, Sen. Lindsey Graham, appeared on Fox News without his blood brother John McCain and pushed a foreign policy solution that was effectively a re-invasion of Iraq. [youtube][/youtube] According to Graham, ISIS in Iraq and Syria somehow represents a threat to America – not… Read More


Righties Now Say We Won The Iraq War They Lost

Conservatives, obsessed with rewriting the history of the Iraq War, despite most of us having lived through it, now have adopted a curious tactic with the rise of ISIS. They are claiming they won the war. But the Iraq War was lost moments after George W. Bush ordered “shock and awe.” Before America invaded Iraq,… Read More


Iraq Air Strikes And Back To Normal

President Obama’s announcement that America has bombed ISIS elements in Iraq in order to secure innocents prompted some predictable, but still silly responses. From the far left, any use of U.S. Military assets is always up for debate, no matter how limited or humanitarian. For these folks, there is no responsibility attached to the great… Read More


Ted Cruz’s Spokesperson Attacks Obama For Hosting A Special Olympics Event

Amanda Carpenter, Ted Cruz’s spokesperson, is so blinded with hatred of President Obama that she decided on Thursday night to attack him… for hosting an event for Special Olympics. On her Twitter account, Carpenter blasted Obama for “having a Katy Perry concert” at the White House. But the “concert” in question is a benefit for… Read More