Interesting post on the Chronicle of Higher Education's blog by one participant in the "skirmish" between Mark Bauerlein and Bill Moyers concerning the latter's (well-known?) dirty tricks. Here is one segment: The skirmish began when I cited current discussions in early 2009 of a dirty trick Moyers had played while serving in LBJ’s administration, specifically, a search for any homosexual … Continue reading Bill Moyers – No Choir Boy
Many political scientists believe, following Mr. Dooley, that the Supreme Court is impacted by election results and public opinion.* For example, Roy Fleming and Dan Wood find in an American Journal of Political Science piece “that public opinion directly affects decisions by individual members of the Court.” Moreover, they “show that the result holds across … Continue reading Romney Win a Dangerous Signal to Supreme Court on ObamaCare?
It has been an odd year. As I look back at my journal entries from the beginning of the year, I reflected on some of the surprising events of the past twelve months. Domestic Politics The retirement of Barney Frank (I would have bet that they would have had to carry him out in … Continue reading 2011 Surprises
Former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson is still running for President but has bolted the Republican Party for the Libertarian Party. If Johnson is running for the sake of principles rather than ego or other self-interested motivations, this decision is a wee-bit premature. Sure, Johnson was treated horribly by the Republican establishment and the media. And if he gets … Continue reading Gary Johnson – LP Member (or, “I am Libertarian, Hear Me Roar”)
David Brooks has an interesting piece in today’s NYT (I must admit, he has written more than a few fine columns this year). He notes that the Obama administration assumed office drawing on parallels to the Great Depression and FDR. It has since abandoned this historical analog and turned, instead, to the Progressive Era. The … Continue reading Brooks: Why the Progressive Era Offers Few Historical Parallels
Noticed the following groundbreaking story from The Hill today: Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) has proposed legislation that would let fire stations around the country apply for grants of up to $100,000 to build women's restrooms, showers and changing facilities. The Fairness in Restrooms Existing in Stations (FIRE Stations) Act, H.R. 3753, says these grants would … Continue reading A career in the toilet
It is difficult to be surprised anymore when you see politics seep into every nook and cranny of our lives. However, it was still a bit jarring when my wife showed me a Christmas children's story that revolves around politics. The book in question is David Davis' Librarian's Night Before Christmas. I highly recommend against indoctrinating your children … Continue reading Christmas Story Politics