by | Nov 10, 2017

I still remember distinctly the feeling of awe as the election results rolled in on the evening of November 8th. The mood at the Republican watch party I was at in Virginia started off solemn and damper. Despite the long…

by | Oct 27, 2017

Thomas Jefferson once asked if man had “found angels in the form of kings to govern him.” You wouldn’t know the question was rhetorical if you went by the mournful stories in the Texas media Wednesday about Joe Straus, the…

by | Oct 26, 2017

Donald Trump routinely breaks Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment. Thou shall speak ill of fellow Republicans… if your name is Donald Trump. And the worshippers at the Church of the Holy GOP regard him as saint rather than a sinner for…

by | Oct 16, 2017

Turning to the Right, the dominant ideology is libertarian anti-statism. Among mainstream conservatives, there is a marked tendency to reduce politics to a zero-sum battle for liberty between the federal government and the rest of the country (individuals primarily, but…

by | Sep 14, 2017

So President Donald Trump has kissed and made up with Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer and House chief Nancy Pelosi. “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” he said, agreeing to a debt increase…

by | Jul 23, 2017

Washington For weeks, observers were wondering when President Donald Trump would focus on pushing recalcitrant Republicans to back a Senate bill to repeal and possibly replace Obamacare — so that Trump and GOP lawmakers could keep faith with a key…

by | Jul 21, 2017

Here’s a question: How long have Republicans been running for federal office on repealing Obamacare, in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s terminology, “Root and branch”? Answer: since 2010. Outside of the 2012 election, which was a clear outlier influenced by…

by | Jul 18, 2017

John McCain’s blood clot, which caused Republican Senate leadership to suspend formal consideration of Obamacare replacement, isn’t by far the Grand Old Party’s gravest malady. Nothing in the diagnostic manual of political afflictions compares with the near-complete disappearance of the…

by | Jun 9, 2017

A few weeks ago Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature put forward a bill that would expel any student at a state university who disrupted or prevented speeches on campus. After the courage that Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans displayed…

by | Apr 17, 2017

It is the season of Passover, tax deadlines. Easter Sunday. We should acknowledge, as Americans, as Jews and Christians, how fortunate we are. Here we are celebrating, by choice, remembrances of the deeds that made us free, deeds that required human courage and…

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