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.

No Congressmen in Biden Cabinet?

Competing priorities.

House Democrats and Dashed Expectations

Who’s to blame for the Blue Wave not materializing?

SCOTUS Stays Order Requiring Census to Keep Counting

A legally correct ruling based on a lie.

SCOTUS Kills Trump Emoluments Suit

The Emoluments Clause is essentially unenforceable.

The Dark Side of “It’s a Republic, not a Democracy”

I couldn’t help myself.

Pelosi’s 25th Amendment Commission

A clever political gambit that raises real issues.

Majority Rule, Plurality Rule, and Minority Rule

Definitions are fun, right?

Supreme Court Reform Bill

An interesting but unlikely-to-pass bill is about to be introduced.

Is the American Government Legitimate?

A long-winded and esoteric discussion about an elusive idea.

Why I am Where I am on Reform

More on SCOTUS expansion and other issues.

Against Packing the Supreme Court

Legitimacy hangs in the balance.

Giving the Framers a Break

The American political system is broken but it’s not fair to blame that on its architects.

US Party System Evolution

A quick overview and some examples to start a longer conversation.

Kansas Republicans Reject Kobach

An open Senate race is now much more likely to stay Republican.

In Response to John Podhoretz’s Latest Column

Shame on him for defending authoritarian actions.

John Lewis Dead at 80

A civil rights legend has passed.

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Demography is Destiny

It’s just not immediate.

Conspiracy Theories Are Not Funny

Conspiracy theories are poisoning the United States. That’s no joke.

Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence

A shocking and yet completely unsurprising development.

Why Republicans like the Filibuster

It creates a veto gate that they are almost guaranteed to control when they need it.

The Filibuster is Going Away

The writing is on the wall for simple-majority voting in the Senate.

Mississippi to Remove Confederate Symbol from its Flag

The Magnolia State is the last in the nation to have the stars and bars on its state banner.