The Washington Post contributor writes, “As for Kavanaugh’s confirmation: Conservatives are happy, because they are convinced that he will legislate their priorities (no abortion, no affirmative action, no Obamacare) from the bench.” This is wrong. No knowledgeable conservative believes that the Supreme Court is going to strike down Obamacare as unconstitutional or prohibit abortion. Could Boot be using “no abortion” as shorthand for overruling Roe? If so, it is terribly misleading shorthand, since overruling Roe wouldn’t mean “no abortion.” Boot’s shot at conservatives for wanting the Court to “legislate” on abortion also makes no sense: Letting legislatures set abortion policy, which is what most conservatives want from the Court, can’t plausibly be described as legislating. I understand that Boot has left the Right, but perhaps he should talk more to people who haven’t.
During last night's CNN town halls, Bernie Sanders endorsed reinstating the voting rights of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, and Kamala Harris indicated that she was open to the idea. Anne Carlstein, a junior at Harvard, asked Sanders, “You have said that you believe that people with felony ... Read More
I believe three things at the same time. First, Donald Trump should have voluntarily produced his tax returns years ago. Second, one of the laws Democrats are using to demand production of Trump’s returns — which grants the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee the right to see the returns of any ... Read More
The U.S. Attorney General is ending asylum seekers’ opportunity to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge. Read More
If you’re paying attention to presidential politics, you should be paying attention to Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur running for president as a Democrat. Yang is worth taking seriously not because he has a real shot at the nomination (he comes in at about 1 percent in most polls), but because, unlike most ... Read More
Two eminent public intellectuals -- Jordan B. Peterson, the Canadian psychologist, and Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher -- sold out the Sony Centre in Toronto with their debate “Happiness, Capitalism vs. Marxism.” What followed had little to do with happiness and less to do with capitalism and Marxism, ... Read More
On Monday, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled her plan to completely eliminate student debt and make college free. It’s a terrible, financially infeasible idea, which is something that has been pointed out many times over by the more economically literate among us. So, I’d like to ask ... Read More