Tag Archives: Liberalism

The ‘overblown’ fears of Democrats in Trump states

So polarized is our culture that I give Democrats no credit for Working Across the Aisle, not when doing so eviscerates Social Security/Medicare, turns voting rights into a noble idea in a textbook, and turns the First Amendment into a … 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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On Democratic timidity

Without suggesting that the Democrats run Alexandra Ocasio-Cortezes in every district, Eric Loomis has theories about why party satraps are panicking: They are scared of the grassroots taking over. They are scared of a left version of the Tea Party. … Continue reading

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The way we live now

If in 2005 a friend had asked me to endorse a candidate with “socialist” somewhere in her literature I’d have looked nervously over my shoulder — this is Miami, and I’m of Cuban-American descent. Andrew Sullivan bewitched me. I was … Continue reading

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The stale myth of Robert Kennedy’s invincibility

We hate strongmen like Donald Trump and wish them overthrown with our own strongmen. MSNBC’s long cry over the memory of Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy in the last two days is an example of rare bipartisan comity; even Joe Scarborough admits … Continue reading

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Studies in abjection, pt. 234

This is why Democrats lose. Dear Mr. Soto: Thank you for contacting me about President Trump, and his nominees for federal agencies. President Trump has nominated Acting Director Gina Haspel to serve as the next director of the Central Intelligence … Continue reading

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‘Democratic enthusiasm for the 2018 election is off the charts’

Hi, Colorado! Can you, like, fly into Florida and can the asses every statewide Democrat in my home state? Democrats have secured a candidate on the ballot in every 2018 Colorado congressional, statehouse and major statewide race. The last candidate … Continue reading

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Defeating gun culture: ‘We should be able to hold multiple truths at the same time’

My friend Justin Jacoby Smith, an activist for many years, posted this cogent summary on Facebook written by a colleague, a response to fusty adults shaking their pince-nez at the progeny of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students demanding a change … Continue reading

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The myth of centrism, part XC

Americans who spend too much time watching MSNBC, particularly “Morning” Joe Scarborough and “Mika” Brzezinski’s pre-dawn chattering of well-connected sparrows, will recognize the signs of the ptomaine poisoning known as mythicalcenteritis. Its guests like to mourn the collapse of a … Continue reading

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The Democratic disgraces who voted for the banking bill

Elizabeth Warren is angry: “Just this week we lost the first round in the battle of a bad banking bill — a bill that would take the reins off of Wall Street’s most reckless actors and put as greater risk … Continue reading

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On the loathsome career of Orrin Hatch

In John Nichols’ scathing epitaph for the career of Orrin Hatch as Utah senator, I learned about Frank Moss, whom Hatch beat in the late seventies at the start of his tenure.

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Who did what to whom

I’m not a fan of Scott Lemieux, but he at least grapples with the reality of door-to-door politics like his colleagues don’t. In light of recent “Joe Biden would have won talk,” another variant on the speculation around my preferred … Continue reading

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