Saturday’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. Kathy says:
  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    The lawyers who successfully argued that Elon Musk’s $56bn pay package was excessive are seeking a record legal fee worth $6bn, payable in the electric car maker’s stock, according to a court filing.

    “We recognise that the requested fee is unprecedented in terms of absolute size,” Friday’s filing by the three law firms with the court of chancery in Delaware said.

    The fee works out to an hourly rate of $288,888, according to the filing.

    The electric vehicle maker is being asked to pay the fee because it benefited from the return of Musk’s pay package, which the legal team said will result in the return to the carmaker of 266m shares.

    Nice work if you can get it.

  3. MarkedMan says:

    Is it even worth pointing out that no one has offered any kind of military objective behind blocking food aid into Gaza and starving people there to death? If, on the other hand, the objective is to make Gaza an unlivable hellhole for Palestinians and eventually drive them out so Israel can take it over, it makes perfect sense.

  4. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: It only took Boeing management 20 years to figure out that doing something because it’s cheaper doesn’t necessarily save you any money?

  5. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @MarkedMan: I think it’s supposed to work like sanctions: create enough misery for the people and they will rise up and demand that Hamas–as the only party that can end the war–declare a ceasefire. It’s all warfare by other means.

  6. DrDaveT says:

    It occurred to me to wonder: when MAGA types watch the Harry Potter movies*, do they root for the Death Eaters? That would seem to be the natural alignment, given the similarity of their world views and objectives. If not, are they completely unaware of the disconnect?

    *I assume MAGA types don’t read books of that length.

  7. steve says:

    Balko has published part 3 on the retconning of George Floyd. Like the other 2 parts it is amazingly well done. I had no idea how bad behavior has been so well tolerated, even encouraged by the MPD. The head of the MPD police union had at least 20 prior incidents of misbehavior who were mostly ignored and Balko documents how the MPD actively worked to not investigate police. A favorite tactic was to delay an investigation and then drop it because it was taking too long. Of note, Chauvin had a complaint against him filed for kneeling on the back of a teenager for an extended period. It was never investigated. Again, the level of medical expertise he has acquired and used in this series is pretty amazing.


  8. dazedandconfused says:


    My WAG is they have apparently been convinced they must build airplanes again, as opposed to playing Masters Of The Beancounter Universe out-sourcing games. To actually be responsible for everything again.

    A predictable response to the trips their customers and the FAAs woodsheds of late. Ah…to be a fly on those walls…

  9. MarkedMan says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: The Israeli government has made it clear they do not want a ceasefire. They want to continue until Hamas is destroyed. I suppose they would accept total surrender but lasting ceasefire is not on the table.

  10. gVOR10 says:

    @DrDaveT: Are we the baddies? No, they think of themselves as patriots and good Christians. Most of us here are consequentialists, let’s look at problems, consider solutions, and do what looks to produce the best results. Most people have normative beliefs, good, evil, and we’ve known the difference from birth. There are days I think most of politics revolves around the difference. Or maybe it’s just that the glibertarian Billionaire Boys Club has figured out how to exploit normative belief.

  11. CSK says:


    True MAGAs don’t read, period.

  12. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @MarkedMan: Wait… are you telling me that Hamas can’t cause a ceasefire? That must be wrong. MR has been proclaiming that there would be a ceasefire at this very minute if not for Hamas preventing it.

    (Count me among the anti-Israelis for saying that, too, I guess.)

  13. JKB says:

    Houthis take first vessel

    A UK-owned ship attacked by Yemeni Houthis has sunk in the Red Sea after days of taking on water, the first vessel to be fully destroyed as part of the rebels’ campaign over Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.

    The Belize-flagged, Lebanese-operated Rubymar had been drifting northward after being attacked on 18 February in the Bab el-Mandeb strait, a crucial waterway linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

  14. Kathy says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    There are complications now. For one thing, Spirit Aerosystems has expanded. Besides making fuselages adn parts for Boeing, they also make parts for Airbus and other manufacturers.

    Can you imagine Boeing making A220 wings? Or Airbus taking them? Not to mention possible antitrust issues. They’d have to spin those off. But what if instead Boeing closes the plants making Airbus parts?

  15. Michael Reynolds says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    Except no I did not say that. Back up your bullshit or be a grown up and admit you are, let’s say, mistaken. I said Hamas could surrender. Not at all the same thing.

    You know when you have to lie about me to debate me it just swells my already swollen ego.

  16. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: I’m too lazy to go back and reread the article, but IIRC, the article indicated that divisions and facilities that make Airbus components would need to be split off.

  17. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Michael Reynolds: First of all, I’m not debating you at all. I made a comment to another party about what he commented on based on my impression of your message on the topic over the course of the past 2 or 3 months.

    But, I’m sorry that I hurt your delicate feels. Having successfully trolled you, I’ll hop in my car and drive off now.