Friday’s Forum

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    A blessed Good Friday to all.

    Waiting for sunrise here on the left coast. Stupie neuropathy.

  2. Mimai says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:
    You know how to pre-emptively clear a room! Not surprising given your message and self-described temperament (somewhat at odds in your post). A good day to you too sir.

  3. CSK says:

    This is about as inactive an open forum as I’ve ever seen.

  4. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    I can’t blame it on the meds…or the E. Craig. Neither had kicked in yet. Just 3am crankies. But I’ve got the cats on the couch with me, and the sun’s up, and coffee in hand, so life’s better now.

  5. JohnSF says:

    Bank Holiday Friday; time for a beer in the sun and snoozin’
    Inactivity, baby.

  6. CSK says:

    Well, Washington, D.C. observes Emancipation Day today, so the federal tax deadline is pushed to this Monday.

  7. Beth says:


    I was in England visiting distant relations a while ago and my host’s response to basically every question about what to do was, “Yes, Yes,….. No, No, No, Bank Holiday.”

    Even after all this time, me and my friends that were with me will just randomly answer questions to each other like that.

  8. Mikey says:

    An interesting and insightful interview with Ukrainian President Zelensky in The Atlantic.

    I tried to excerpt parts, but…it’s really not possible to pull parts out of the context of the piece and have them convey the impact of the whole. Read the whole thing. It’s very well done.

  9. Just nutha says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Hope you’re doing better, zeeb.

  10. Mimai says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:
    Glad to hear you’re doing better. Neuropathy is a jerk.

    To clarify, the “message” I was referring to was the Good Friday blessing. And the “self-described temperament” was in reference to your many previous comments about your, um, human skeptical perspective.

  11. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Thanks, that’s what I assumed (and presumed) you meant. And the thanks are sincere. When I’m waiting for the alcohol and m-s to move the pain to another room in the condo, I distract myself trying to think kindly and positively towards those I know (believers and non-believers of all faiths and non-faiths included).

    As I’ve mentioned before, the neuropathy is one of the long-term side effects of 250+ rounds of chemo. Which is why I keep reminding everyone to do their flipping colonoscopies!

  12. CSK says:

    The U.K. has 8 bank holidays.

  13. CSK says:

    Today’s also the first day of Passover, so…

    Chag Pesach Sameach!

  14. EddieInCA says:

    Dreher finally jumped the shark….

    His headline today:

    “Can You Normalize Queerness Without Pedophilia?”

    Words fail me.

  15. JohnSF says:

    Nine this year!
    Extra one for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee on June 3rd.

  16. CSK says:

    Trump has endorsed J. D. Vance.

    Quelle surprise.

  17. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: You can blame me. I had to get up at 4:30 AM and drive into STL at 5:30 AM to pick up my granddaughters at 7:30 AM (I hate to be late). After that… Well, I was busy.

    Had a real good time with them, tho.

  18. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @EddieInCA: “Can You Normalize Dreher Without Pedophilia?”


  19. steve says:

    “Dreher finally jumped the shark”

    No, he did that a long time ago.


  20. Mister Bluster says:

    On this day in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre the night before.
    The first of four United States Presidents to be assassinated. The most recent being President John F. Kennedy. I was not in Dallas on November 22, 1963 but I was 15 years old and a sophomore in High School. I still remember that day well.