by | Nov 6, 2019

In Federalist 78, Publius (Alexander Hamilton) distinguished the three branches of government in part by a characteristic inherent to each. While he defined the legislature by exercise of will and the executive in its use of force, the judiciary possessed…

by | Jul 15, 2018

Washington In May 2016, when candidate Donald Trump released a short list from which he pledged to choose a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, he probably clinched his victory in November. In one gesture, the former Democrat running in the GOP…

by | Jul 11, 2018

Into the slough, the swamp, the quagmire called 21st-century American life walks the prospective Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh: Lord help him, even while helping 21st-century America get its act together. Maybe. You can hope. However… Americans, some time ago,…

by | Mar 1, 2018

Sacramento We’ve got a box of red balls at the office imprinted with a simple line drawing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and the words, “But Gorsuch.” Whenever someone complains about President Donald Trump — and I routinely…

by | Jan 19, 2018

“I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help…

by | Apr 7, 2017

Neil Gorsuch, who won unanimous approval from the Senate upon his appointment to the federal bench more than a decade ago, now faces a Democratic caucus nearly as unanimous in its filibuster of him. Donald Trump can have that effect…

by | Apr 6, 2017

As I’ve noted previously, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is to strategy on the Neil Gorsuch nomination what Dilbert’s Pointy-haired Boss is to running a company. He’s not the only one. Here is what Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said…

by | Apr 5, 2017

An uncomplimentary picture takes shape in the mind: the Senate’s Democratic minority (save for a higher-minded handful) standing in a row, thumbs affixed to noses, fingers waving provocatively in the air, mouths emitting a rude sound commonly known as “The…

by | Apr 5, 2017

“Progressives think McConnell is bluffing on the nuclear option,” reads the headline at Hot Air. Gee, where would the political Left have gotten that idea? If you said from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) himself, go to the head…

by | Apr 2, 2017

Washington A favorite truism in Washington these days is: “Be careful what you wish for; you may get it.” It tells the cautionary tale of how Republicans who wanted to run Washington got what they wanted and now must govern….

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