Phi Beta Cons

Even at Brown . . .

A recent poll of Brown University students found 58 percent of them opposing racial preferences in university admissions. An anti-preference ballot initiative in Oklahoma passed earlier this month with 59 percent of the vote. One suspects that you can’t get much redder than Oklahoma nor much bluer than Brown, and yet on this issue the two see almost exactly eye to eye.

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The Blackface Party

I must have missed something: Was there some kind of all-hands white-people meeting at which we voted to kick the Democrats out? Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal, Beto O’Rourke — what’s up with all the ethnic play-acting? Isn’t cultural appropriation supposed to be a bad thing among progressives? Isn’t ... Read More

The State of the Race for the House

Way back in January, I went through the then-34 seats where a Republican incumbent was retiring and concluded that most were in deeply red districts and not likely to flip to Democrats. Pollsters and media organizations are less inclined to conduct surveys of House races, both because there’s less public ... Read More