The Road To Hope, Part I: A Peril Of Their Own Design

Introduction:  As time ushers political victories from the realm of current events to the realm of history, the answer to one question seems always to change, simplifying itself with the passage of years, decades, and centuries.  Why did this candidate win, and why did his opponent lose? The answer is never...

Worst Messaging Ever

Okay, if I were trying to sell you something, like, maybe a car, I would go about it a certain way.  I would talk about its advantages; I would talk about maybe the great gas mileage or maybe the cozy interior, or the sweet racing stripes. What I would not do was tell you that the car was likely to roll if...

Disillusioned With Republicanism

Earlier today I wrote up a quick post about the fact that the GOP is in a state of disarray.  It may not necessarily be coming apart at the seams exactly, but wires are most definitely getting crossed, and it’s almost impossible to grasp what exactly is going on. David Brooks’ piece in the NYT...

Thoughts on Movements and VP Candidates

I’ve been thinking a good bit lately about the apparent stranglehold movement conservatives hold over the Republican Party.  They really have been quite brazen and shameless about it.  They have been unapologetic about pushing their agenda, especially their economic agenda  — lax regulation,...

In Which matttbastard Puts the Habeas Decision in a Partisan Context

Ages of the majority: Stevens 88 Ginsburg 75 Kennedy 71 Breyer 69 Souter 68 Ages of the minority: Scalia 72 Thomas 60 Alito 58 Roberts 55 The LA Times: Whoever is elected in November will probably have the chance to appoint at least one justice in the next presidential term. The court’s two most...

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