Tag Archives: Conservatism

Strange stirrings

I don’t read Josh Marshall much these days because of his histrionic tendencies and his way of signing off posts with the equivalent of a hastily scrawled, “I don’t know, we’ll see.” But I agree with his conclusion of how … Continue reading

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The last good men

The entire GOP is a sewer. No good ones. Vote them out.

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The Supreme Court: often “unwilling to shield the powerless from the mob”

American history is disgracefully taught when taught at all, so knowing that Supreme Court jurisprudence isn’t part of an undergraduate curriculum, let alone AP high school curriculum, is no surprise.

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John McCain — RIP

The senior senator from Arizona’s career has been a long con game convincing the media that he opposed what they most wanted: a bipartisan don’t-criticize-the-prez foreign policy, indifference to the economic effects of the political class’ policies on the poor … Continue reading

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‘Our House and Senate are willing to pass this stuff’

I’m trying to imagine a similar vote effort on the part of abortion activists. But as national attention focuses largely on the Supreme Court confirmation, movement leaders are hoping for political wins as well. In Minnesota, anti-abortion activists are zeroing … Continue reading

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The Trump-Bannon war on faith in government

Daniel Drezner has a column posted about the Trump administration’s “lowering morale and encouraging trained senior civil service employees to leave the government” – the aim of the since departed Steve Bannon all along.

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‘In class after class, I stood with Rehnquist’

The drip drip drip begins: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, gave a revealing speech last fall in which he lauded former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist for having dissented in Roe vs. Wade and for rejecting … Continue reading

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The nonsense of originalism

I’m no lawyer but have always been interested in the Court as an institution: its history, personalities, decisions. I often get impatient with liberals when they decry “judicial activism” or conservatives when they regard a political document written over two … Continue reading

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‘Say hello to your boy’

Distrusted by conservatives, mocked by the late Antonin Scalia for encasing helium gas instead of writing sturdy opinions, Anthony Kennedy was a unique figure on the bench, and like self-constructed so-called moderates like Susan Collins and Joe Manchin he encouraged … Continue reading

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Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit readin’ Derek Walcott

With the retirement of Anthony Kennedy the Supreme Court becomes the first conservative-majority one since the early Hughes if not Taft eras. Charles Evans Hughes at least had mild Progressive roots that gave moral strength to his canny political instincts … Continue reading

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‘Deplorables are not a protected class’ – an amateur lawyer’s take

Let me stress: despite my interest in legal history, I am no lawyer. My dilettante’s knowledge of constitutional points allows me to posture on Facebook, though. Since the Red Hen in Lexington asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave a few … Continue reading

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The GOP war on the poor, part 44557

While y’all tittered about Melania Trump and her Coat of Smarm, the House reminded Americans that Paul Ryan and his GOP caucus despise the poor. Although putatively a “farm bill,” it’s a cruel piece of legislation written to exact work … Continue reading

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