Wednesday’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. HarvardLaw92 says:

    Filed under small victories: Madison Cawthorn will not be returning to Congress. It’s time for him to write his book and show up on Fox now.

  2. Kathy says:

    We’re abut to see part of how well the Republican methods work on an Omicron outbreak.

    Oh, North Korea is embracing lockdowns and other preventive measures. But they’re downplaying the severity f the trump virus, and have refused vaccines.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Trump promises to depress readers with big lie book: ‘I don’t think you’ll enjoy it’

    For once, trump is right. I’m not even going to read it.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Wisconsin electors and voter file lawsuit against fraudulent 2020 Trump electors

    The lawsuit, filed in Dane county, targets the 10 Republicans who served as the fake elector slate, as well as Jim Troupis, an attorney for the Trump campaign in Wisconsin, and Kenneth Chesebro, a Boston-area attorney who aided their efforts. It asks a judge to order each of them to pay a $2,000 fine as well as up to $200,000 each in damages in addition to blocking them from ever being able to serve as electors.

    “Although Defendants were unsuccessful in having their fake ballots counted, they caused significant harm simply by trying, and there is every reason to believe that they will try again if given the opportunity,” the complaint says. “Defendants actions also violated a host of state and federal laws. Thus far, however, none of the fraudulent electors has been held accountable. This lawsuit seeks to change that.”

  5. Kathy says:


    I think that makes you even, because he’s not even going to write it.

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Welcome to the Twilight Zone:

    A gang of thieves have returned more than a dozen idols they stole from an ancient Hindu temple in India, saying they had been haunted by nightmares since the crime, according to police.

    Last week, the group stole 16 statues from a 300-year-old temple to Lord Balaji – an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu – in Uttar Pradesh, police inspector Rajiv Singh told Agence France-Presse.

    On Monday night, they left 14 of them near the house of the temple’s chief priest in Chitrakoot district, he said.
    In their Hindi-language confession letter, they said: “We have not been able to sleep, eat and live peacefully. We are fed up with the scary dreams and are returning your valuables.”

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kathy: True, but there is a difference. For him, writing it would be like work, a thing he has spent his entire life avoiding.

    For me, reading it would be torture, one comparable to being forced to sitting in a room, alone with my ex.

  8. CSK says:

    @Kathy: @OzarkHillbilly:
    Who will be the ghost?

  9. CSK says:

    Well, at least Cawthorn will have a lot of amusing photos with which to illustrate it.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    A Canadian painting that was swapped 50 years ago for a grilled cheese sandwich has sold at auction for an “astounding” C$350,000 (US$272,000).

    Black Truck by the folk artist Maud Lewis sold for 10 times its assessed value, setting a new high mark for a painter whose popularity has surged in recent years. “In a time of great turmoil and change the art world lived vicariously through Maud Lewis, her story, and her art,” Ethan Miller, head of the Ontario auction house, said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Before the weekend auction, the highest price ever recorded for a work by Lewis was C$67,250.

    That has to be the most expensive cheese sandwich ever.

  11. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: Madison Cawthorn. He’s at loose ends now. Can be had for pennies.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:
  13. Mu Yixiao says:


    @Mu Yixiao:

    1) Apparently Nairobi, Kenya is home to a lot of very attractive women.

    In the same way that Lagos, Nigeria, is home to a lot of generous men with pressing financial issues to resolve?

    I’m not sure. 🙂 There are certainly geographic phenotypes in Africa, and I’ve previously notice that Kenyan women tend to be more “western-attractive*” than other regions. Nairobi is a rather wealthy city, so there’s good health care, nice fashion, etc.

    2) I’m astounded by the number of conservative Christians who are kinky and willing to break out the sex toys and get nasty on the first date.

    Too much information!

    (Files away for future reference. “Hi, baby, are you *ahem* conservative?”)

    I’m just surprised at how many of these women are advertising the fact. I keep going through the Q&A section going: good… good… naughty… pleasingly naughty Dammit! Conservative Christian.
    * At least what I consider to be attractive. 🙂

  14. MarkedMan says:

    @Mu Yixiao: I didn’t comment yesterday but since this thread seems to be picking up steam, I gotta wonder if perhaps these kinky Christians might be professionals trolling for johns?

  15. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @MarkedMan: these kinky Christians might be professionals trolling for johns?

    Ding ding ding… We have a winner.

  16. CSK says:

    You might want to Google “kinky christians,” as I just did. The results are…entertaining.

  17. JohnSF says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    There are certainly geographic phenotypes in Africa…

    I think I’ve remarked here before; African populations include “racial” groups easily as distinct as are Europeans and Chinese in Eurasia.
    IIRC most anthropologists identify five or six in sub-Saharan Africa alone, with that degree of genetic divergence; and another two or three in North Africa.

  18. JohnSF says:

    … might be professionals trolling for johns?
    I deny everything!

  19. OzarkHillbilly says:
  20. Mu Yixiao says:


    I gotta wonder if perhaps these kinky Christians might be professionals trolling for johns?

    Possibly. But most of the pros just come right out and say that they’re pros. 🙂

  21. Jax says:

    Not only did Cawthorn lose, so did the crazy lady running for Governor of Idaho. It is, indeed, a good day! 🙂

  22. DK says:

    Cawthorn now has no reason not to name names re: Republican cocaine orgies.

    We are waiting with baited breath, Maddy. Godspeed, sir.

  23. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I didn’t even know there was going to be a book. That’s how little attention I pay to FG.

  24. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Why? Are you looking for a gig?

  25. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    This is the first I’ve heard of it, too. There may in fact not be any book. How many times has Trump said he’s going to do something and then not done it?

  26. Kurtz says:


    I gotta wonder if perhaps these kinky Christians might be professionals trolling for johns?


    Cawthorn now has no reason not to name names re: Republican cocaine orgies.

    We are waiting with baited breath, Maddy. Godspeed, sir.

    Some advice for @Mu Yixiao, if you see a kinky conservative christian named Maddy, just move on to the next profile.

  27. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    I’d rather slit my throat.

  28. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    His cousin was sure that he’d come from behind…….
    Baarump bump.

  29. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: @CSK: This is the first I’ve heard of it, too.

    Same here.

  30. Pete S says:

    Of course not. You don’t read it, you colour it.

  31. Kathy says:
  32. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Pete S: heh.

  33. HarvardLaw92 says:


    And, judging from recent events, at least a few videos as well

  34. CSK says:

    Stills from the video of a nude Cawthorn humping someone’s head would, I grant you, be an engaging insert. So to speak.

  35. Mike in Arlington says:

    @HarvardLaw92: I don’t think there’s any publisher that would accept a manuscript written in crayon.

  36. CSK says:

    @Mike in Arlington:
    Ghostwriters don’t use crayons.

  37. dazedandconfused says:

    @Mu Yixiao:
    I found that in a small community in Utah that a lot of hanky panky goes down, but nobody talks about it. The lyric captures it, “Don’t drink don’t smoke, what do ya do?”

    Utah was reputed to be the largest market per capita for porn, IIRC. And church, well church social events anyway, were the places to go to pick up chicks. Praise Jesus!

  38. Mu Yixiao says:


    I grew up Catholic. I always laughed at the people who said Catholics are prudish. Catholic girls are the naughtiest girls out there (praise the lord!). We would joke that Catholics go to church on Sunday to clean the slate so there’s room to do it all again next week. 🙂

  39. Scott says:

    Legally, I don’t know what comes next or what is possible but….

    Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation: Colonel Yevgeny S. Vindman, U.S. Army (DODIG-2022-097)
    Administrative Investigations

    We conducted this investigation in response to a complaint filed with the DoD Hotline on August 18, 2020, alleging that various administration officials, including former President Donald J. Trump, took actions against Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) YevgenyVindman (the Complainant), U.S. Army, while he was serving at the National Security Council (NSC), Washington, D.C., in reprisal for his protected communications.

    We found, based on a preponderance of the evidence, that the Complainant was the subject of unfavorable personnel actions from administration officials, as defined by section 1034, title 10, United States Code (10 U.S.C. § 1034), “Protected communications; prohibition of retaliatory personnel actions.” Furthermore, we concluded, based on a preponderance of the evidence, that these actions would not have occurred or been withheld absent the Complainant’s protected communications.

  40. Michael Reynolds says:

    Monkeypox. Jesus H Christ. We are traveling backward in time.

  41. CSK says:

    @Michael Reynolds:
    Yeah, and in my state, too. Shit.

    The patient is hospitalized and reportedly in good condition.

    Fortunately, it’s not easily transmissable.