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. Bill Jempty says:
  2. Daryl says:

    The Sheriff in GA has said that there will be a mug shot of Trump, as well as his height and weight.
    I think we should have a friendly pool…closest without going over.
    I’ll start.
    6’1″ – 325#

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Daryl: I am a lousy judge of such, so I’ll just go with 4’3″ – 469#.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    A much-hyped biography of the former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has struggled to find favour with readers, a leading US publishing authority said, listing just over 3,000 copies sold in the first week of its release.

    According to Publishers Weekly, Tucker by Chadwick Moore sold just 3,227 copies in its first week after publication on 1 August.

    Carlson cooperated with his biographer, giving extensive interviews. Moore promised to tell Carlson’s side of the story regarding his shock ejection by Fox last April, in the aftermath of a $787.5m settlement between the rightwing network and Dominion Voting Systems, regarding the broadcast of Donald Trump’s election fraud lies.

    Fast fading into irrelevance.

  5. charontwo says:
  6. CSK says:

    According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Margie Taylor Greene has been giving deep thought to her political future. Will she run against Brian Kemp for the senate? Will she be appointed a member of Trump’s cabinet? Will she be his V.P.?

    Stay tuned for further musings.

  7. Beth says:


    5’10”, 290#

  8. Daryl says:

    What happened to Matt’s piece?

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Daryl: Maybe he decided not to piss us all off? Like he could ever really piss any of us off.

  10. becca says:

    I could have sworn I saw a post up by Matt B nitpicking the GA indictment. ?

  11. EddieInCA says:


    I responded to it, but the post has completely disappeared.

  12. Daryl says:

    I thought it was interesting, and would provoke a great deal of discussion.
    Insert Shrug emoji, here.

  13. Scott says:

    I still have the tab open. With only Daryl’s reply showing. Probably revising it.

  14. Long Term Listener says:

    Wait- did I not see a Bernius post a few moments ago? Did the Kraken get ‘im? I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue….

  15. Other Other Other John says:

    @Daryl: I swear he’s got lifts in his shoes. 5’9”, 285.

  16. charontwo says:

    5’11”, 275 lb.

  17. charontwo says:

    This thread is fascinating-confirming prosecutors got high value from DMs, location info, etc. It suggests the govt had a close informant who gave them the PC they needed to get into the account & who they were strenuously protecting from Twitter’s efforts to disclose to Trump.

    The bottom line: Twitter pleaded to inform Trump about a search warrant in a way that it apparently never did in its 17-year existence with any other user. It did this despite having no knowledge of the basis for the warrant or nondisclosure order.


    Special counsel Jack Smith obtained an extraordinary array of data from Twitter about Donald Trump’s account — from direct messages to draft tweets to location data — newly unsealed court filings reveal.

    But it took a bruising battle with Twitter’s attorneys in January and February — punctuated by a blistering analysis by a federal judge, who wondered whether Elon Musk was attempting to “cozy up” to the former president by resisting the special counsel’s demands — before prosecutors got the goods.

    Ultimately, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell held Twitter (now known as X) in contempt of court in February, fining the company $350,000 for missing a court-ordered deadline to comply with Smith’s search warrant. But the newly unsealed transcripts of the proceedings in her courtroom show that the fine was the least of the punishment. Howell lit into Twitter for taking “extraordinary” and apparently unprecedented steps to give Trump advance notice about the search warrant — despite prosecutors’ warnings, backed by unspecified evidence, that notifying Trump could cause grave damage to their investigation.

    “Is this to make Donald Trump feel like he is a particularly welcomed new renewed user of Twitter?” Howell asked.

  18. MarkedMan says:

    @Other Other Other John: I hate to
    Admit this, but I went down the rabbit hole on Trump’s height before the 2016 election. There are pictures of him in tennis shoes (i.e. no lifts) standing next to professional athletes whose height is known. So at least in his younger years he was 6’ 1”. He may have shrunk a bit

  19. MarkedMan says:

    @Other Other Other John: I hate to admit this, but I went down the rabbit hole on Trump’s height before the 2016 election. There are pictures of him in tennis shoes (i.e. no lifts) standing next to professional athletes whose height is known. So at least in his younger years he was 6’ 1”. He may have shrunk a bit

  20. CSK says:


    Whatever height he is, he’s obese.

  21. Kylopod says:

    @MarkedMan: There are several pics of him standing next to 6’1” Obama after the 2016 election, and they appear to be the same height.

  22. charontwo says:

    BREAKING: A proposed scheduling order from Fulton DA Willis calls for arraignments the week of Sept. 5 and a trial to begin March 4, just before the Georgia presidential primary

  23. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I volunteer to serve on any trump jury for as long as it takes. Over the years I’ve had so many death threats leveled at me, I doubt I’d notice. I also promise to adhere to my duties as a juror, without prejudice or favor.

  24. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    6 even 260.

  25. Kathy says:

    There was another near miss, this time in San Diego on August 11th.

    The German government is having issues with older A340 VIP aircraft. So they will retire them early. I wonder what the market is like for older quad jets. I’m guessing chopped for spares and recycled.

    Lastly, his majesty Manuel Andres Zero, is going ahead with plans to revive Mexicana as a government-owned, low-priced airline. Other than I find the livery atrocious, I won’t comment until it starts operations, supposedly in December this year.

    I don’t think it’s a good idea, but the reports are so jumbled and contradictory in many ways, I rather wait and see. For example, some reports say the airline will operate with the White Elephant airport as its hub, others that it will also use Terminal one in Mex City’s airport (the one that was so saturated, no new slots would ever be granted ever again).

  26. de stijl says:

    @Bill Jempty:

    One day we happened upon a family of otters. Northern Wisconsin up near Hayward. We were ostensibly fishing, but mostly just bullshitting and drinking beer.

    The otters clocked us way before we saw them.

    We just sort of drifted towards them. They were basking in the sun and frolicking around their bellies full of fresh fish.

    It was fascinating, mesmerizing. Never seen an otter in the wild before or since, but that is indelibly etched. They were just playing and goofing around.

    One day when we inevitably nuke ourselves to death I hope the next species that jumps up the sentience ladder are otters.

  27. Kathy says:

    I’m a bit undecided on what to cook next week. I was planning burger patties in creamy mushroom sauce on a bed of rice. But then my new slicer arrived, and I got that specifically to make potatoes au gratin. I could wait for next week, but I don’t want to. Two creamy dishes feels redundant.

    So now I’m thinking chilaquiles with shredded chicken for the entree.

  28. de stijl says:


    The last couple of days I have been living off patty melts and steak fries.

    A beef burger smashed thin and pan fried hard and fast on cast iron to a crispy sear. Fried onion slices, sharp cheddar, and two slices of seeded rye toasted.

    Dang! I am suddenly so hungry right now!

  29. DrDaveT says:

    @de stijl:

    One day when we inevitably nuke ourselves to death I hope the next species that jumps up the sentience ladder are otters.

    As usual, there’s a classic SF story along those lines. “Like Young”, Theodore Sturgeon, 1960. Except in that one it’s a plague, not nukes.

  30. Jax says:

    Wish me luck tomorrow, friends. I’m off to civilization to take my oldest kiddo to COLLEGE!!

    I don’t do well around people or my ex, they’re like……my two least favorite things. 😛

    HOWEVER….we made a deal, I bring everything over, buy the computer and printer, get it set up in her dorm room, we all have a nice dinner, and then I’m out Friday after we make sure he bought everything else. She’s indicated she wants to stay on campus after that, no extra parental attendance required after the “Freshman Social” on Friday.

    I’m still struggling a little. 😐

  31. Mimai says:

    @Jax: Congratulations Jax! To you and your kiddo. This is a big moment. I hope you enjoy it in whatever way suits you best.

  32. Jax says:

    @Mimai: Thanks! I can’t believe it’s been 19 years since we were in love and gonna have a baby. 😛

    We made a deal then, and we’re keeping it now. We get along. I just can’t believe it’s been that long.