The Lack of Competition for House Seats

Yet another reminder of the pathologies of American institutions.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

The most expansive firearms legislation in decades is likely to become law.

Bipartisan Senate Gun Control Talking Points

Calling it a “deal” is vastly over-selling it.

Replacing Biden in 2024?

From the Cliché File.

Podcast Recommendation (Plus: More on US Democracy)

Ezra Klein discusses the dynamics of American conservatism in historical perspective. Plus, he helps illustrate a key problem that we have in thinking about American politics (IMHO).

On American Parties

More on primaries with a foray into Madison and the general politics of power-seekers and incentives.

The Flawed Nature of Representation in the US

Our representation problems are far, far more about structure than they are about the messaging of the parties.

Republican-led States Testing Abortion Limits

Oklahoma’s near-total ban is part of a larger trend.

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

Republican Vote Needed to Confirm Biden Justice?

New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Luján is hospitalized with a stroke.

SCOTUS Rejects House Republican Challenge to Proxy Voting

The court wisely deferred to Congress in setting its own rules.

1+1=3 1+1=3

Pence Likens Election Reform to Capitol Riots

It doesn’t add up.

Biden’s January 6 Anniversary Speech

A necessary but likely irrelevant gesture.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

House Democrats Retiring in Droves

Twenty-three and counting will not run in 2022.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 1

Counting is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem.

RVA Pro Gun Rally 2020-11 Streets of Richmond, VA RVA Pro Gun Rally 2020-11 Streets of Richmond, VA

Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

Unilateral Disarmament on Gerrymandering

Democrats and Republicans are playing by different rules.

Trump, Electoral Fraud Lies, and the Primaries

Our system and the shaping of the GOP’s future.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Backwards: When Politicians Choose Their Voters

Voters are suppose to choose elected officials, not the other way around.

Irrelevant Republicans Being Ignored!

The liberal media is giving all their attention to the tax and spend Democrats!

Senators Graham and Lee Owe us an Explanation

Really, they owed (and still owe) us better behavior.

The Size of the US House of Representatives

It hasn’t changed in over 100 years (but the population sure has).

The Radicalization of Ross Douthat

An interesting podcast conversation.

The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

Negotiating the For the People Act?

Kinda, sorta, maybe, but probably not really.

Juneteenth to be National Holiday

It passed the Senate unanimously.

Unanimous SCOTUS Keeps Immigration Catch-22 in Place

The law and justice are frequently not the same thing.

The Importance of Time Horizons in Politics

And general considerations on mid-term elections.

Census Results Likely a Boost for GOP

The long shift of population from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt continues—with the unusual exception of California.

The Filibuster Isn’t The Problem

It’s undemocratic and we should get rid of it. But doing so isn’t a panacea.

The Non-Competitive House

A recent report shows 78 of 435 seats in the US House are truly competitive.

It’s the Single-Seat Districts

Our insistence on relying on an 18th Century understanding of electoral systems is our ongoing bane (if one values representative government).

The Republican Advantage in the House

Any “fair” drawing of districts will yield a GOP advantage over time.

HR1: Good, but Not Enough

And what GOP opposition says about the party.

This Week’s Dr. Seuss Nonsense

A story that is both unserious and yet emblematic of our age in a serious way.

Our Unrepresentative Government (Yet Again)

Yet another reminder about pathologies of US democracy.

Stop Blaming the Framers for Everything

America’s institutions are undemocratic but only some of them are a product of the Constitution.

Partisan Control in the Congress

Some political history,

Shelby Likely to Retire

Implications for Alabama and the GOP as well as considerations on the evolution of American politics.

Congress Pushing to ‘Ratify’ ERA by Fiat

Amending the Constitutional through unconstitutional means is a very bad idea.

Trump Likely Broke the Law in GA Call

Although prosecution and conviction are unlikely.

The Pence Gambit

The absurd notion that the President of Senate is the arbiter and judge of the electoral vote.

The 25th Amendment Fantasy

The zombie idea for ousting an erratic and dangerous President.

Trump’s Election Interference Continues

The phone tour continues.

On Faux Analysis of Biden’s Win

Arguments and analyses that are, well, turkeys.

The Flynn Pardon

Perhaps the most normal thing President Trump has done.