About Jamie Kirchick

James Kirchick is an assistant editor of The New Republic and is a columnist for the Washington Blade and Washington Examiner.

The Gay Community Needs to Calm Down About Rick Warren

By December 23, 2008

Hell hath no fury like a homosexual seemingly scorned. That seems to be the lesson learned by the media in the immediate aftermath of Barack Obama’s announcement that he will have Rick Warren – pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback megachurch … Read More

New York Times Fact-Checkers Drop the Ball on Lieberman

By February 20, 2008

The New York Times featured a profile of Senator Joe Lieberman on Monday, in which, predictably, a bunch of unnamed political hacks huff and puff and vent their rage at the Connecticut Senator and the Vice Presidential nominee of the … Read More

Bobby Fischer “a Hero,” Ron Paul’s Newsletter Once Said

By January 24, 2008

On September 11, 2001, the world champion chess player Bobby Fischer had this to say: This is all wonderful news…I applaud the act. The U.S. and Israel have been slaughtering the Palestinians, just slaughtering them for years. Robbing them and … Read More

A Short History of Kwanzaa

By December 30, 2007

Slate has republished a 2005 essay by Melonyce McAfee in praise of Kwanzaa. Acknowledging that the holiday is "made-up" (without really getting into what this means), McAfee nonetheless concludes that her mother's decision to celebrate it was a positive one … Read More

The Good Tutu

By November 21, 2007

Just a few weeks ago, I criticized Desmond Tutu for one of his chronically outrageous statements about the Middle East. Of more interest to me, however, was that many use the "he's Desmond Tutu" line as if it that were … Read More

Stop Making Sense

By November 19, 2007

With boy pundit Matthew Yglesias, it's difficult to discern where the attempt at serious political analysis ends and sheer buffoonery begins. Or, perhaps I mean where the sheer buffoonery ends and the attempt at serious political analysis begins. The dilemma … Read More

Escape from Gay Island

By November 12, 2007

Last weekend at an impossibly crowded Manhattan gay night club — the Britney loud, the heat unbearable, but the boys beautiful — I remarked to a friend that it felt like being in a concentration camp. I was reminded of … Read More

Hollow Criticism from Boyd and Yglesias

By November 7, 2007

Sam Boyd has issued a lengthy non-response response to my post criticizing his calling Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in my mind (and in the minds of many others) "The Bravest, Most Remarkable Woman of Our Times," a "dangerous fanatic." However, he … Read More