Fauci on the Tightrope

Dr. Anthony Fauci has garnered a lot of hopeful admiration as the voice of science in an administration that disdains politically inconvenient facts, scientific or other.  The poor guy has to walk a tightrope.  He knows that the president of ...

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What next for Sanders and Biden?

Sanders and Biden should get together. It would be best for Sanders to initiate the meeting, in which he will propose to drop out of the race for the nomination in return for certain considerations from Biden. What those considerations ...

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What’s Happened?

I don’t recall any presidential primary season that has seen such a dramatically rapid reversal.  Three weeks ago, Bernie Sanders was the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination.  One week ago, Joe Biden, risen from the dead, was the clear ...

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And then there were two

So, barring an act of God, it is now certain that the Democratic nominee for president will be either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders.  Biden is the new front runner, but the race is far from over.  Which of these ...

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Democrats’ Knives Out

I think I’m on safe ground in saying the Nevada melee had to be the most combative of the Democrats’ debates thus far this primary campaign, but my attention span gave out about half way through, so I can’t offer ...

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After New Hampshire

Under the topsy turvy system by which we choose our presidential nominees, primaries in just two states-–one small, one medium-sized and both demographic outliers among our United States—have significantly simplified and clarified the Democratic race. The simplification: two long shot ...

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Democrats Divided (or maybe not so much)

Just a short post today to link to a strong reading recommendation: a fine essay on recent American politics by the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.  Dionne makes an important point that should be obvious: the differences between moderate and progressive ...

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How progressive is realism?

If you need a break from impeachment trial fatigue and are interested in American foreign policy, I have a reading recommendation for you, and you don’t even have to click on a link—it directly follows this paragraph.  It’s a review ...

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What’s with Dershowitz?

Alan Dershowitz had already put himself outside the mainstream of constitutional legal thought with his claim that a president could be impeached only because of criminal or “criminal-like” (whatever that means) behavior.  But that wasn’t enough; in his defense of ...

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The Defensible and the Indefensible

There are two articles of impeachment lodged against Trump.  Both are very strong, but the second is even stronger than the first. There is really only one plausible line of defense against the charge of impeachment based on abuse of ...

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