An Observation or Two on SCOTUS

Well, more than two…

Worry Polarization

Americans are concerned about very different things.

Politics, Memory, and Reality

Americans look back more fondly on the Trump economy than they did in 2020.

Nope Labels

Who could have seen this coming?

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Burn it All Down

The politics of chaos.

California’s Weird Election Laws

The Top Two system has created perverse incentives.

Affective Partisanship

Group dynamics and limited choices.

The 14th Amendment, Section 3

Trump betrayed his oath. That should disqualify him from office. That’s the whole point of section 3 of the 14th.

Trump the Supreme Loser

He appointed a third of the Justices but has the worst record before them in modern history.

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Americans No Longer Believe in the American Dream

Most no longer believe it’s possible to get ahead through hard work.

Six Swing States

America’s weird system for choosing Presidents keeps getting weirder.

What’s ‘Political Dysfunction’?

I know it when I see it.

A Few Thoughts on the Election and Poll Interpretation

And, not surprisingly, about parties.

Trump and Christian Nationalism

A satisfying but unlikely explanation.

Trump’s Stranglehold on Republican Voters

The base is remaining loyal to the only candidate they think can beat Biden.

(Last) Sunday’s Discussion Question Revisited

Wherein I finally reveal my answer (spoiler: it is hardly surprising). And, also, wherein despite the goal of brevity, I fail at that goal.

Schools, Diversity Initiatives, and Parental Rights

There’s an inherent tension in public education.

Is This Time Different?

America survived a civil war and the turmoil of the 1960s. Can we rebound again?

Bidenomics?

The President is trying to change perceptions ahead of the election.

Political Polarization and Marriage

Young Americans are increasingly ruling out those of the other party.

The Threat of Political Violence

Separating rhetoric from action.

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California Revisiting Travel Ban

A symbolic gesture is now highly impractical, if not harmful.

A “No Labels” Candidate?

A hypothetical spoiler for 2024? (Stress on “hypothetical”).

Another Reason to Dislike the Electoral College

“Red States” and “Blue State”

National Divorce

The lunatic fringe idea is both appealing and unworkable.

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The Value Of Cultivating Some Self Doubt

Tips for how to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Bolsonaro Supporters Storm Brazil’s Presidential Palace, Congress, and Supreme Court

Latin America’s answer to Donald Trump has his own insurrection attempt.

Zealots and Pluralists

A moderate Republican almost diagnoses the problem.

Punishment for Acquitted Conduct

The Supreme Court may revisit a controversial criminal justice ruling.

Why Biden Won’t Be Primaried

Democratic politicians are lining up behind the octogenarian President.

The Tip O’Neill Era and Why Governing was Easier

A reminder of how things (specifically the party system as a whole) have changed.

What’s a “Normal” First Term Seat Loss?

Looking at some historical data.

Calcified Democracy

A deep dive into why our politics are so broken.

The Nationalization of American Politics

Local issues barely matter in Congressional races anymore.

Craziness, Disconnectedness, and a Toxic Political Climate Equals Violence

The attack at the Pelosi house should surprise no one.

Mid-Terms Polling Shows Mid-Term Pattern

The party in the White House is likely to lose seats.

Democrats’ Messaging Challenges

Touting the accomplishments of the last two years isn’t working.

Can Reporters Have Friends?

A new book raises fundamental questions about how far journalistic objectivity should extend.

Social Justice the New Religion?

The intersection of politics, morality, and meaning.

American Ideological Self-Identification

“Moderate” is up, “Liberal” is down, and “Conservative” is static. What does it mean?

Private vs Public Opinion

What we believe and what we say we believe are often not the same.

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How Low Can Joe Go?

Approval is down (again).

Independent State Legislature Theory

A theory floated in Bush v Gore could radically change American elections.

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Hard to Say I’m Sorry

Columnists write bad columns apologizing for bad columns.

Judicial Supremacy vs Popular Constitutionalism

Who should have the final say on the law of the land?

The ‘Figure it Out Yourself’ Phase of COVID

With the government throwing its hands up, it’s now up to the citizenry.

The Lack of Competition for House Seats

Yet another reminder of the pathologies of American institutions.

Democracy and the End of Roe

This will just reinforce minority rule in the US.

Fixing the Primary Problem

Could Alaska point the way to a solution?