Senator Biden opined about the importance of the Senate hearings, saying that “[t]he Constitution provides for one democratic moment before a lifetime of judicial independence . . . .” It’s time to read your Constitution, Senator. The most important democratic moment is not the Senate hearings, but is achieved by the people voting into office the President who in fact chooses the nominee. In my memory, this has never been truer than in this last election, when judicial nominations were a prominent campaign issue and served as a deciding factor for many voters when they went to the ballot box. That is, the electorate was peculiarly aware of the importance of this election for judicial nominations. Senator Biden’s statement is a blatant attempt to undermine that important democratic moment in the service of his “D”emocratic objectives.
Well, we all knew it wouldn’t last. Weeks after two different Ninth Circuit panels surprisingly upheld Second Amendment rights by blocking California’s confiscation of large-capacity magazines and Hawaii’s ban on open carry, the nation’s most progressive circuit returned to form. In a ruling earlier this ... Read More
Trumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped as they sit idle at the Council on Foreign Relations, the economics Department at Harvard, or in the ... Read More
After eight years of displeasure with Barack Obama’s presidency, Carla Johnson was ready for a drastic change. The 41-year-old lab technician from Cresco, Iowa, fell for Donald Trump very early in the 2016 primary season. She loved his “take-no-[sh**]” style, his conservative stances on gun control and ... Read More
Let’s take a short walk down memory lane. Not long ago, on January 2, 2016, a small group of armed protesters seized an unoccupied federal building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located in a relatively isolated area in eastern Oregon, and the occupied building itself was far from any ... Read More
People are making this so complicated. A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times editorial board hired a technology writer, Sarah Jeong. When it was revealed that she had tweeted barbs against white people, conservatives formed a Twitter mob to demand her dismissal. While a few on the right said — or claimed ... Read More