While I despise all this talk of weather-based identity politics, there is one “hurricane-state native” whose name has not been mentioned: Janice Rogers Brown. She hails from Greenville, Alabama, which is in the southern part of the state (i.e., hurricane country). And, as long as we are talking about identity politics, as an African-American woman, she shares a common racial bond with those who were hit hardest in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Why do I bring up Justice Brown in this context if I think that identity politics are not valid bases for making a nomination? Because Janice Rogers Brown would make a phenomenal Supreme Court Justice on the merits, and if the president considers her because she is from Alabama, so be it. Indeed, I believe that she is a far superior legal intellect than the other proposed “hurricane” nominee.
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Studies will someday be done on the deleterious effect Donald Trump has had on the brains of people who loathe him. It drives them to say things that are as palpably foolish as some of the president’s own doozies. This week’s winner: There is no such thing as a “perjury trap.” Because some of the ... Read More
Michelle Williams, an actress, has decided to become a spokesman on the issue of pay inequality in her profession, and appears this month on the cover of Vanity Fair with a headline to that effect. This decision follows what she describes as a humiliating episode in which she learned in the pages of USA Today ... Read More
Will Democrats pull an “October Surprise” this year and announce that the highly polarizing Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco won’t be their candidate for House speaker after all? Growing up in the Bay Area, I saw Pelosi’s iron will and stubbornness up close for decades. The possibility of her stepping back ... Read More
A few weeks before I was ordained a Catholic priest in the late autumn of 1994, my superior in the seminary told me that, in his opinion, it was probably the most difficult time in a century to become a priest. Yet, he went on, it was also the most exciting time. I really did not take much notice of what he ... Read More
Catherine Nixey, The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World, by Catherine Nixey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 352 pp., $28.00). In what we would now regard as an excess of zeal, some Christians in the fourth and fifth centuries a.d. took to demolishing statues of pagan deities, either as ... Read More