Noam Scheiber’s profile of Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s chief strategist, is interesting for a number of reasons, e.g., it sheds light on how the intensification of partisan polarization has made it harder for people to cross cultural worlds. Though I am usually skeptical of arguments that lament polarization, which I tend to see as a consequence of campaign finance regulation (which has limited the moderating influence of the much-weakened national political parties), a more inclusive politics (i.e., a political environment in which it is harder to successfully marginalize large swathes of the population), a more ambitious and intrusive state (which raises the stakes of political contestation), etc., the fact that many of us are less likely to encounter and to seriously engage people with different political views greatly facilitates mutual demonization.
Everything seems to become at once deeper and lighter from the moment you sit down in the Theatre at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church for the off-Broadway production of Babette’s Feast. Originally a short story first published in English in Ladies' Home Journal, it’s the story of a Christian community in ... Read More
It seems like just yesterday that I undertook my first campaign for public office. I knocked on virtually every door in the small city of West Miami in my bid to be elected to its city commission. It was during that campaign, on the front porches and in the living rooms of the families I would ultimately ... Read More
The Trump administration’s efforts to get convicted criminal aliens off of our streets and out of the country was dealt a setback this week, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court. A majority in Sessions v. Dimaya held that a part of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) used to deport criminal aliens was ... Read More
What on earth are the Democrats doing? President Trump has nominated CIA director Mike Pompeo, eminently qualified by any reasonable standard, to be America’s 70th secretary of state. And yet the Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, have perverted the advice and consent clause of the Constitution into a ... Read More
By now the story is all over America. Earlier this month, two black men entered a Starbucks store in Philadelphia. They were apparently waiting for a friend before ordering — the kind of thing people do every day — and one of the men asked to use the restroom. A Starbucks employee refused, saying the restroom ... Read More
There are many things to admire in Ireland’s written constitution. Most especially, the text includes, since a popular referendum in 1983, the Eighth Amendment: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to ... Read More
On her way out the White House door and out of her job as national-security adviser, Susan Rice writes an email-to-self. Except it’s not really an email-to-self. It is quite consciously an email for the record. Her term having ended 15 minutes before, Rice was technically back in private life, where private ... Read More