Vacancy on the Court

I will make a confession.  On learning of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of my first reactions was to assume that even Mitch McConnell could not be so boldly hypocritical as to seek to fill her vacancy before ...

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Who likes Trump?

Donald Trump’s approval rating among American adults has generally fluctuated around 43%; roughly that percentage, maybe even a little higher, will vote for his re-election.  These facts are both appalling and bewildering.  Appalling because, his destructive policies aside, Trump personally ...

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Trump’s Convention

A friend asked me why I haven’t blogged about the Republicans’ convention.  Part of the reason is that I didn’t have the stomach to watch any of it, so my observations would be second hand, based on what I’ve read ...

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The Dems’ Night 4

Feeling lazy today, I am hosting  a guest post.  Following are observations on the final night of the Dem convention from one of my most loyal readers, and, it happens, my most frequent commenter, Jeff Herrmann.  Warning: I am not ...

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Unity in Diversity?

If there is a single underlying theme running through the Democrats’ virtual convention, it’s unity: Joe Biden—a man who has always prided himself on working with his political adversaries–can heal and unify a divided nation. A nation made more divided ...

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Kamala Harris

It is pretty much obligatory for a political blogger to comment on Biden’s choice for veep, so I’ll start by repeating what I have said about Harris on other occasions. She is a very impressive figure—extremely smart, articulate, competent and ...

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Stephens vs. Beinart on Israel

Brett Stephens, the NY Times’ most intrepid defender of Israel, takes aim today at Peter Beinart, a long-time advocate of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine who no longer believes in that possibility.  Beinart now favors a single democratic ...

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Biden’s Veep Choice

Joe Biden says that he will reveal his choice of vice-presidential running mate next week. Is there any point in speculating on who that choice might be?  Not really, but it’s fun, so let’s go. First, let’s be clear: who ...

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Our Contested Past

I’m not proud to be an American.  Nor am I ashamed.  I simply don’t’ have any personal sense of ownership of the many great deeds and misdeeds of our forebears.  But even if our history isn’t a source of pride ...

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TIME 0FF

Just a quick post today to let you know that it will be a while before you hear again from your favorite blogger. I had replacement surgery on Wednesday on my right shoulder.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before ...

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