I wrote on the theme of the Forgotten Man today. Two other points on the economy: 1) Many of Obama’s apologists say that his political problems overwhelmingly are the product of a weak economy. Certainly if the unemployment rate were 5%, the political landscape would be different. But Obama’s supporters rarely admit how much his election and the super-sized Democratic majorities in Congress were themselves the product of a weak economy, indeed of a historic financial panic that hit right before the election. Of course, their economic determinism didn’t prevent most of them from vastly over-interpreting Obama’s mandate; 2) Is there any reason to believe that, say, Obamacare would be much more popular in a good economy? Wouldn’t all the criticisms against it — it’s unaffordable, it will dump people out of their current insurance, etc. — be just as telling?
Dear Reader (And especially Martha McSally’s dog), As I often note, I increasingly tend to see the political scene as a scripted reality show in which the writers don’t flesh out the dialogue so much as move characters into weird, wacky, confrontational, or embarrassing positions. It’s a lot like The ... Read More
The Department of Education has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations reforming sexual-assault adjudications on college campus. Not only will these rules restore basic due process and fairness to college tribunals, but they also — given how basic the changes are — highlight just how ridiculous ... Read More
Jeff Flake may be leaving the Senate soon, but he’s determined that his exit will be one of non-stop moral posturing. The Arizona senator is best remembered at this point for his last-minute delay of the Judiciary Committee’s approval of Justice Brett Kavanaugh when -- along with his pal Senator Chris ... Read More
President Trump has announced his support for a proposal to ease federal sentencing laws that proponents call the “FIRST STEP Act” -- and that Senator Tom Cotton has tartly labeled the “jailbreak” bill. There may not be much time for debate, since the bill’s ideologically eclectic array of champions ... Read More
Today, across Twitter, I began to see a number of people condemning the Trump administration (and Betsy DeVos, specifically) for imposing a new definition of sexual assault on campus so strict that it would force women to prove that they were so harassed that they'd been chased off campus and couldn't return. ... Read More