Most of the issues we talk about here are pretty straightforward. I mean, yeah, they’re more complicated than either the news or politicians let on, but once you get past the fact that complex problems demand complex solutions, it’s (more…)
It’s been 24 hours since Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Since then I’ve seen him described as a religious ideologue, an ultra-conservative, and (my favorite) a sign that “The American Experiment Is Over”.
This isn’t a slight misstatement, a matter of nuance or a bending of the truth. It’s laughably, ludicrously wrong.
Look, I get it: Donald Trump nominated this guy, so he must be evil. Given some of this president’s other nominees (though hardly all), that’s understandable, the more so if we also consider Mr. Trump’s high scores on the Supervillain Index. (No cape, and his monologues (more…)
I know; I know: One more story on this guy is too many.
Between him, and Trump stumping for him, and the Senate arguing over whether or not to confirm him, and partisan political action committees spending tons of money on attack ads about him, and everyone with a microphone weighing in on the subject in one direction or another, we’re sick to death of hearing (more…)
After 283 days, on January 3, 2017, Merrick Garland’s nomination for appointment to the United States Supreme Court expired, as the Senate refused even to consider his candidacy.
Despite persistent claims, this was not entirely unprecedented. However, it was indeed an undeniable abuse of partisan political power by one of the few individuals in history capable of getting away with it, Senator Mitch McConnell. That action set an extremely dangerous precedent — or, conversely, revealed a weakness (more…)