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. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    While I’m sitting here waiting for my meds to join my Buffalo Trace in easing my neuropathy, I came across example 4,375 of the GQP’s contempt for actual governing as opposed to burning everything down.

    The Oklahoma Republican Party approved a resolution over the weekend condemning and censuring Sen. James Lankford, the state’s senior senator, for his role in the ongoing bipartisan border negotiations in Congress.

    Oklahoma Republicans accuse Lankford of “playing fast and loose” with Democrats on border policy and that he puts “the safety and security of Americans in great danger,” according to a copy of the resolution posted to X by Republican state Sen. Dusty Deevers.

    The state party called on Lankford to “cease and desist jeopardizing the security and liberty of the people of Oklahoma” and said it will withhold support for Lankford until he ends the negotiations.

    Lying weasels in suits

  2. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Late correction: example 17,344,375 of the GQP’s contempt for actual governing as opposed to burning everything down.

    Apparently my meds have started working.

  3. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Apparently my disgusted-with-these-idiots meter is pegged so hard the needle’s snapped.

    A conservative Oregon lawmaker suggested earlier this month that Muslims, atheists and other non-Christians are unfit to serve in elected office.

    Oh screw it. I’m going to turn the TV on and binge Supercar, Thunderbirds or Road Runner.

    Apologies for my rabid ranting. We now return you to your regular scheduled programming.

  4. Mister Bluster says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:..idiots

    As we all know Jesus was a Jew.
    Unfit non christian.
    He also wore a man dress.

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Lying weasels in suits

    For some reason or other I think they are still lying weasels when they are not in suits.

    Apologies for my rabid ranting.

    No apologies necessary. Go sit in the hot tub, put some Vivaldi on, smoke a doobie, and think of warm spring days with singing birdies.

  6. Sleeping Dog says:

    All you Bal-more folks. It appears that finally your baseball team will be freed from the clutches of the Angelos family.

  7. Scott says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: This is not new:

    From Texas Monthly: The Power Issue: Tim Dunn Is Pushing the Republican Party Into the Arms of God

    With plates of eggs before them, Dunn and Straus sat at a table in the Speaker’s Conference Room, surrounded by dark pecan paneling, Audubon prints, and photographs of Straus family members posing with George H. W. Bush (a friend of Straus’s mother) and U.S. senator John Tower. Dunn never lifted his fork. He didn’t seem interested in hearing what the Speaker had to say. But he did have an agenda. He demanded that Straus remove a significant number of committee chairs and replace them with tea party activists supported by Empower Texans. Straus refused. Then the conversation moved on to evangelical social policy, and, according to Straus insiders, Dunn astonished Straus, who is Jewish, by saying that only Christians should be in leadership positions.

    Tim Dunn is another oil billionaire Christian Nationalist who is buying Texas Republicans.

  8. Scott says:

    I know we are navel-gazing Americans but the Ukraine Wars still rages on:

    Ukraine’s strikes on targets inside Russia hurt Putin’s efforts to show the war isn’t hitting home

    Attacks like these are dealing a heavy blow to President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to reassure Russians that life in the country is largely untouched by the nearly 2-year-old war.

    “Ukraine has increased its capacity to strike back against Russia,” Michael Kofman, a military expert with the Carnegie Endowment, said in a recent podcast.

    “You see increased Ukrainian attacks against Russian critical infrastructure, retaliatory attacks against cities like Belgorod and greater strikes against Russian military base in Crimea,” he said.

    As Putin ramps up his campaign ahead of the presidential election in March, he wants to maintain an air of normalcy. But the increasingly frequent Ukrainian attacks have raised the visibility of the war on Russian soil, and there are other signs the conflict is increasingly challenging the Kremlin’s tight control of the political scene.

    And Trump and the authoritarian right wing are threatening the further weakening of our (and our European allies) adversary.

  9. MarkedMan says:

    @Sleeping Dog: My wife and I cheered when we read this last night. John Angelos is both a terrible owner and a terrible human being. He also is everything negative associated with being a middle aged nepo baby.

    As an example of his worth as a human being, just one month ago, during the negotiations over the ballpark lease extension, he called the governor and personally assure him that he had no intention of selling the team.

  10. Flat Earth Luddite says:


    On reflection, I believe I owe the weasels (both suit and non-suit wearing) apologies for implying that they were on a par with politicians described above.

  11. Sleeping Dog says:


    …no intention of selling the team.

    That’s funny, the Rubinstein rumors surfaced months ago.

    Enjoy the new ownership and I hope that while it is still a hobby for them that they win the city a few world series. You’ve probably noticed that there is an arc to sports team ownership. The new owner, usually having made his money in a business where no one outside of executive suites would know his name now has the opportunity to be a hero to a city. The team’s a hobby and they’re willing to spend whatever in necessary to win. But after a few years they become bored with the team and the never satisfied fans and they look at it as just another business. The team gets a budget and revenue/profit targets, while the team’s goals become 88 wins and in the chase for the last wild card spot.

    I’ve been a BB fan all my life and having lived in the markets of different teams that’s the arc, except for the owners that treat it as a business from day one, the Pohlads in Minnesota for example. The unicorn was George Steinbrenner, who never lost the thirst for championships.

    The O’s are poised to make a Dodgers/Astro run at multiple deep trips to the playoffs and are definitely a team that should spend on free agents or make trades to fill needs. They need a starter and should really go hard after Jordan Montgomery or Dylan Cease, even a one year rental like Corbin Burnes.

  12. Kathy says:

    On the matter of the Great Taylor Swift Deep State conspiracies, one must be gestating in time for the Super Bowl.

    The game will be played Sunday February 11th. Swift has a concert in Tokyo on Saturday Feb. 10th. Flight time between Tokyo and Vegas is around 10-11 hours. She can’t possibly make it.

    Except there’s the international date line. Assuming Swift finishes her concert at the planned time, and faces no major delays flying out (she has a private jet), she will arrive in Vegas on Saturday afternoon, with plenty of time to rest before the game.

    But be prepared to hear a lot about, I don’t know, holograms, robots, clones, doubles, trans doubles (because why not), trans clone doubles, fembots, androids, etc.

  13. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: As one who has lost a number of chickens to weasels, you need not apologize for any insult you throw at the murderous little bstrds. They’ve probably earned them time and again.

  14. EddieInCA says:


    Assuming Swift finishes her concert at the planned time, and faces no major delays flying out (she has a private jet), she will arrive in Vegas on Saturday afternoon, with plenty of time to rest before the game.

    Actually, she has two Dassault jets, including a Falcon 900LX, which is her main jet. It has room for 12, and includes a kitchen, bedroom, and full shower. She’ll arrive in Vegas, refreshed and rested. They’ll probably stop to refuel in Honolulu, as the 900LX has a range of about 4700 NM. But I assume she will use her other Dassault, which is a 7x, which has a range of about 6800 NM miles, with would make the Tokyo-Vegas jaunt with a thousand miles to spare.

    Regardless of which jet she takes, she’ll arrive rested and ready to to pilloried by MAGA. Lastly, she called Marsha Blackburn, “Trump in a wig.” So I’ll love her forever.

  15. MarkedMan says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    That’s funny, the Rubinstein rumors surfaced months ago.

    Yep. It was in response to those rumors that Angelos called up our governor in order to assure them there was no truth to them. One month later…

  16. Kathy says:


    Wait til they hear she buys French jets.

  17. Stormy Dragon says:

    A man allegedly decapitated his own father – then used his head in a YouTube call to overthrow the government

    According to local outlets including, Mr Mohn had displayed his father’s head in a YouTube video where he aired a 14-minute politically-charged rant.

    The video remained live on YouTube for six hours, according to reports. The Independent has not been able to verify its authenticity directly.

    But local outlets that in the video he bashed President Joe Biden, the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQ+ community, and referred to his father as a traitor — as he worked for the federal government for over 20 years, he allegedly claimed.

    The Independent has not found any record of Michael Mohn having worked in the federal government.

    Mr Mohn urged Americans to attack federal workers, journalists, and federal law enforcement, said.

  18. MarkedMan says:

    @Sleeping Dog: The Banner is now reporting that Angelos has not been in contact with the Governor’s office. In other words, he didn’t even have the class to give him a heads up before the press announcement, or an explanatory call afterward. You would think that means this was the first Wes Moore heard about it, but the same article notes that Rubenstein had been keeping the Gov in the loop all along.

  19. Flat Earth Luddite says:


    The Schmidt’s chicken farm was across the road from our dairy farm but oh I know it well. I was just trying to avoid the inevitable blowback from the weasel lobby. /Snark/

  20. CSK says:


    Oh, you mean French flies.

  21. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Heh.

    Weasels are blood thirsty little bstrds. They take the top of a chickens head off and drink the blood. That’s it. Never take a bite of anything else. I once walked into my coop to see blood all over the place w/ 4 carcasses strewn about and 3 completely terrorized surviving birds.

    I fixed the hole he got in thru and none has ever managed that feat again. But I have lost a few more birds that got stuck outside the coop for the night and I know it was a weasel that did the deed because of their distinctive M.O.

  22. DrDaveT says:


    Oh, you mean French flies.

    …soon to be rechristened “Freedom Flies”, no doubt.

  23. Kathy says:


    It gets better. The founder of Dassault Aviation, Marcel Dassault, was Jewish.

    See? This connects everyone in the conspiracy with George Soros.

    BTW, it’s a lovely airplane, though the mid rudder tail confuses me and takes away some aesthetic points.