The reviews are coming in from the Democrats’ debate in South Carolina, and it looks like the big loser was Bob Graham of Florida. “Graham bombed,” says the Miami Herald. He’s “charisma-free,” says the Philadelphia Inquirer. Newsday: “Graham often seemed even less visible than the three candidates generally consigned to the second tier: former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, and the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York.” There’s more, but you get the drift. As a centrist Dem who is popular in his home state, where he was once governor and which is key to a Bush victory in 2004, Graham is the kind of guy who can give Republicans the willies. At least on paper. Performance is another matter, and so far this guy’s a flop.
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