I enjoyed his column today, but questioned one of his comments: “Kerry also is a casualty of nuance-itis, which is a kind of house mold prevalent in the north wing of the Capitol. Senators–unlike governors, who often sharpen issues–are forever blurring things to manufacture legislative majorities. Partly for that reason, senators rarely become presidents.” He’s right that senators rarely become president, but I think the rest of this is exactly backward. How many Republican governors are as ideological as Phil Gramm, or Jesse Helms, or Rick Santorum? How many Democratic governors are as liberal as John Corzine, or Russ Feingold, or the late Paul Wellstone? Senators are under much less pressure to get things done than governors, and can indulge their principles much more easily. Governors need their proposals to command legislative majorities a lot more than senators need theirs to. One reason governors do better than senators may be this difference between posturing and governing.
A 2019 study by the Pew Research Center compared generational views on key social and political issues, focusing on the similarities between Millennials and Generation Z. The topics probed include race relations, diversity, climate change, capitalism, socialism, and the role of government. This last item, ... Read More
No one who ever met Robert Edward Lee -- whatever the circumstances of the meeting -- failed to be impressed by the man. From his earliest days as a cadet at West Point, through 25 years as an officer in the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers and six more as a senior cavalry officer, and then as the supreme ... Read More
With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court. We will now watch a frenetic debate over whether it is "proper" for the Republican Senate to fill that vacant seat before the presidential election. I must confess that, while I accept that the history is certainly on the ... Read More
On September 16 the editorial board of the New York Times did the impossible. It said something nice about President Trump. “The normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, is, on the face of it, a good and beneficial development,” the editors wrote. ... Read More
Susan Collins Says Republicans Should Wait to Vote on Supreme Court Replacement Until after Election
Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine) said Saturday she believes Republicans should hold off on voting to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the 2020 elections. "In order for the American people to have in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently — no matter which ... Read More