Sunday’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. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    Wa! Do I get to be first today? Woo hoo!

    Interesting stuff from Harper’s Index:
    Percentage by which appellate judges are less-likely to side with workers in labor disputes: 43
    By which judges who are former prosecutors are less likely to do so: 56
    Portion of appellate judges who were formerly prosecutors or corporate lawyers:7/10
    On a more chilling note:
    Number of US state legislature that are considering new voting restrictions: 47
    Don’t hope too much for the light at the end of the tunnel, it may be the Coast Starlight.

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Showing us how it’s done:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    First of all, I’m taller than her

    · 14h
    Marjorie Taylor Greene calls AOC a little communist and says locking her up is a good idea. She also says AOC isn’t an American

    Yeah, cuts MTG down to size.

  3. CSK says:

    Bill Barr said Trump’s claims of election fraud were “all bullshit.”

  4. Teve says:

    Can We get rid of Related Posts? It’s annoying.

  5. MarkedMan says:

    @Teve: My mental filter or natural obliviousness must be more powerful then yours. I had to take a moment to even think what you were talking about.

  6. CSK says:

    Why do they bother you? (Asking out of kindly curiosity.)

  7. Michael Cain says:

    They take up a third of my browser’s space to very little benefit. At least shrink them down somewhat.

  8. Gustopher says:

    @Teve: I enjoy how bad the algorithm that picks them can be.

    Usually, they are just a waste of space, but sometimes they are profound.

    Like people, I suppose.

  9. CSK says:

    @Michael Cain:
    I see what you mean, but it doesn’t bother me.

  10. Mister Bluster says:

    Apparently many of you are using phones to read OTB. I can use my “not so smart” phone to read OTB posts but it is a real pain in the ass. I think I have commented maybe once or twice using my phone but it is hardly worth the effort. The 13inch screen on my MacBook Air suits me just fine.
    I look at the Related Posts/Popular Posts on occasion. Usually when there is a two month gap when I hit the Recent Posts key.

  11. CSK says:

    I never could stand J. D. Vance, even when other people were praising him to the skies. It seems I had a point:

  12. dazedandconfused says:
  13. CSK says:

    Given that Trump was supposed to show up at seven p.m. and didn’t appear til eight-thirty, I’d have stomped out a lot earlier. Not that I’d have gone within a thousand miles of this festival of saps in the first place.

    Trump is always late to his own rallies. I assume he thinks it will gin up the crowd to a fever pitch if he withholds his favors from them. And making them wait probably appeals to his innate sadism.

  14. Kathy says:


    On the plus side, he’ll never get chance to do a Marine One walk of shame repeat performance.

  15. flat earth luddite says:

    may I please come out of the bad human moderator corner? Pretty please? I forgot that I’m not allowed to link.

  16. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Mister Bluster: I finally got a Smartphone when I needed to switch to Xfinity for my phone service to lower my phone cost back under $20/mo. (I find that one gig of phone data is adequate for me considering that I use about 900 to 13oo Mb total on my phone, desk computer and streaming TV total (the phone use is 2 or 3 Mb, typically, but some months goes as high as 30). I use my phone to read posts when I’m at the doctor or laundromat, but I’ll agree that commenting from my phone is more trouble than it’s worth.

  17. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Shows how little I follow this pop culture stuff. I thought JD Vance was a Nora Roberts pen name. I had no recollection of Hillbilly Elegy at all.

  18. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: “…and to pay down more of their endowments, he said.”

    On this I’ll agree with him. Hoarding capital is the probably the most important economic reversal.

  19. de stijl says:

    @flat earth luddite:

    You are allowed to link.

    It has been awhile since I have done this spiel, so here it goes again:

    – A comment containing more than three links goes to moderation automatically.

    – A comment that is an @ reply (i.e., you clicked on someone’s name, and replied to that) that counts as a link.

    – A comment containing three links is fine. Four goes to the moderation queue automatically:

    A. An @reply and two link = good
    B. No @reply and three links = good
    C. Anything more than that = auto sent to moderation queue and will only be posted when a human okays it. *Very Important*!
    C2. A comment cleared / okayed shows up in the thread as if it were posted on the time it was submitted. (I.e., if a comment is auto-sent to moderation at 12pm and okayed at 3pm, it still has a 12pm timestamp and is retroactively inserted into a re-shuffled thread with a 12 pm timestamp, not at 3pm with an edited timestamp. It appears as if by magic up-stream from our relative “now”.
    D. This is by-design based on the software used to manage this joint, and not by quirky whims instituted by the principles.
    E. The moderation queue duty is not manned 24/7.

    TL:DR – A and B are the gist. C – E explain.

  20. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @de stijl: Just so you’ll know, Luddite’s problem is that comments go into moderation with only one link. He has had conversations with Dr. Joyner about the problem and they are both stymied as to why it happens. In the past, I have had good natured ribbing with Luddite when he has also sent me the same link and I’m able to post it after he failed. I have used Luddite’s computer once or twice to try to post a link as Luddite, and I can’t make it happen either. Frankly, I’m baffled. But I’m just a cracker, so it doesn’t trouble me.

    ETA: And the comment about being in the bad corner is part of a joke that he has running with Dr. Joyner, IIRC. (And this is the first time I’ve gotten an edit button this late in the day in as long as I can remember. Waaaahh Hoooooo!)

  21. de stijl says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    Ah! Thanks for the context! I did not know.

    My above advice does still apply, but not to @flat earth luddite apparently who has a different issue.

  22. de stijl says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    Quite often, I have been able to force / manufacture the edit button / feature by closing the OTB tab and reloading the site.

    Of course, you have to find the thread and your specific comment within the 15 minute countdown. Not always easy if you have crappy short term memory.

    Closing the tab and reloading has worked about 2/3 of the time for me, but my sample set is pretty low – 6 or 7 instances. So, big grain of salt, there. (It did fail last to work thusly last two times I tried. Even after I had closed Chrome and re-started it.)

    We need to get better at proof-reading before clicking “Post”.

  23. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    Oh, Lord, people were raving about Hillbilly Elegy as if it were up there in the literary pantheon with Moby-Dickand War and Peace.