The Elephant and the Denatured Donkey in the Room

The Elephant and the Denatured Donkey in the Room

As the New Hampshire presidential primary approaches (February 9), the national political press is consumed with speculation over Donald Trump’s lead in the GOP. Secondarily, it is speculating over how well Sen. Bernie Sanders’ lead on the Democratic side will hold up. The corollary re the GOP is that establishment candidates must be ‘winnowed’, so […]


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The Elephant and the Denatured Donkey in the Room

As the New Hampshire presidential primary approaches (February 9), the national political press is consumed with speculation over Donald Trump’s lead in the GOP. Secondarily, it is speculating over how well Sen. Bernie Sanders’ lead on the Democratic side will hold up. The corollary re the GOP is that establishment candidates must be ‘winnowed’, so […]

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Ironic. Clinton staff criticizes U.S. ambassador for using commercial email

The date was August 10, 2010. The subject of the email was “OIG inspection of Embassy Nairobi and Somalia Unit.” Sender: Cheryl Mills, Secretary of State¬†Clinton’s Chief of Staff. Recipient: Hillary Clinton.¬†Here is the irony. Among criticisms Mills reports against the U.S. ambassador in Nairobi are the following: “He made clear his disagreement with Washington […]

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Firearms Regulation in the Bill of Rights

Ridicule was much used in Britain when the American colonies agitated for liberty as British subjects. Not that ridicule was the only response to American petitions and American laws–many well-informed Britons sympathized with the Americans. But among the British responses in the 1760s and 1770s, some were penned by early Charles Krauthammers and George Wills. […]

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Free Speech and Attacking Social Security

Applying lessons from some of the history below, up top: Regardless of the individual views of ordinary Republicans as citizens, the national party apparatus of the GOP has never ceased trying to undo Social Security; The GOP-and-finance-sector daisy chain indicated below, potent as it has been in some elections, is dwarfed by current use of […]

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Free Speech and Campaign Contributions

Another in an occasional series on free speech: One person, one vote. One person, one amount. Following up previous posts, again on the recent legal argument that money, in the context of political donations, is speech; that huge political donations are a form of political participation like other ways of participating; and that corporations are […]

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Free Speech and Campaign Contributions

Update re Stephen Colbert and PAC: www.rollcall.com/news/Stephen-Colbert-PAC-FEC-video-205563-1.html?ET=rollcall:e10287:80103659a:&st=email&pos=epol Today, class, we will deal with that strange position of our time, the legal argument that money, in the context of political donations, is speech; that huge political donations are a form of political participation like other ways of participating; and that corporations are persons and can contribute […]

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