US Politics

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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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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The Nightmare Scenario

Based on the polls, both nationwide and in the critical background states, it now appears extremely likely that Donald Trump will lose this November’s presidential election.  Will Trump accept defeat?  By “accept” I don’t mean: will he accept it psychologically.  ...

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White Privilege

Thanks in part to recent police atrocities, increasing numbers of white Americans are apparently coming to awareness of the pervasiveness of anti-black racism in our society and of the burdens it places on African Americans. A phrase that comes up ...

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