25% of Supreme Court Nominees Have Been Rejected

Senator Roman Hruska of Indiana defended President Richard Nixon's Supreme Court nominee, a segregationist, G. Harrold Carswell in 1970 against charges that he was mediocre. "Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have... Continue Reading →


19th Century Political Factions Return in 21st Century

Before the age of mass media, in the 19th century, political factions were common. Perhaps future historians will look at the Tea Party Republicans and Occupy Wall Street the way we look at Bourbon Democrats; the Mugwumps; and the Know-Nothings. Factions keep coming back, then disappearing. I thought of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) as having... Continue Reading →

Voter Turnout Determines Midterms

Party enthusiasm determines turn-out in midterms, which generally averages one-third of eligible voters compared to more than 50 percent of voters in presidential years. Thomas Mills of Politics North Carolina pointed out that Democrats essentially sat out the last two midterm elections. "In 2010 and 2014, over half of registered Republicans voted as opposed to 44%... Continue Reading →

Trump Sides With Authoritarians in Mideast, Says He Doesn’t Care About Human Rights

Emboldened by US President Donald Trump, authoritarian leaders of the Mideast have cracked down on their perceived internal adversaries, with mass expulsions, arrests, deportations, media blackouts, shutdowns and even, in the case of Saudi Arabia, the suspected murder of a journalist. In 2017, Middle Eastern countries cut off diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, started... Continue Reading →

John McCain’s Passing Symbolizes Diminishment of US Senate, Potential Renewal of Bipartisanship

Senator John McCain was independent-minded. He believed members of Congress were from a branch of government that was co-equal to the presidency, and that they could and should stand on principle, or seek grand compromises, despite partisan pressures, on issues as difficult as health care, immigration, gun violence. Like his colleague Edward Kennedy, he was... Continue Reading →

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