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Slightly Tape-Delayed, Almost-Liveblog of the #SCdebate

January 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I wish this debate had happened sooner.  Although it definitely helped that there were fewer candidates on stage – it’s not an accident that fewer candidates and no absurd timeclock led to a far more substantive debate than we’ve seen in the past. I haven’t seen a lot of the post-debate spin from other people […]

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Man – If Only Nevada Had, Like, A Really Powerful Senator or Something…

October 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

The liberal Nevada View had a post in support of President Obama’s “American Jobs Act,” arguing that it’s going to be especially good for Nevada.  That’s not in and of itself isn’t surprising.  But when I read it, I had to wonder – if it’s so good for Nevada, why hasn’t a single member of […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Congress · Economy · Harry Reid · Liberals · Obama

Non-Live Blog of the State of the Union

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Non-Live Blog of the State of the Union

I couldn’t live blog tonight, as I had a class to teach.  But I listened to most of it on the radio, and watched the rest on DVR when I got home. I wish the entire nation could have seen Governor Sandoval’s speech last night, in order to contrast it with this one.  Sandoval gave […]

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In Defense Of Tyranny

November 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

No, not from me.  From William Saletan at Slate, arguing these midterms were actually a victory for Dems: Politicians have tried and failed for decades to enact universal health care. This time, they succeeded. In 2008, Democrats won the presidency and both houses of Congress, and by the thinnest of margins, they rammed a bill […]

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Tags: Congress · Health Care · Nanny State

Liveblogging the State of the Union

January 27th, 2010 · 22 Comments

Well, no big surprises.  He made the same promises that he made a year ago, and the only difference is that now we can be even more sure he won’t keep any of them. The big takeaway from me on this was just how unserious this speech was. 

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What Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Understand About the Townhall Protesters’ Intentions

August 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Nancy Pelosi’s article calling the Obamacare protesters “un-American” is, of course, ridiculous.  It is beyond parody.  If I wrote it word for word under her name as satire, I would be accused of straining hyperbole to beyond all limits and beyond.  Only slightly less absurd are the “factual” claims she makes in the piece. But […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Big Government · Congress · Health Care · Partisanship · Patriotism

In Defense of Obama’s Signing Statements. Kind Of.

March 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on In Defense of Obama’s Signing Statements. Kind Of.

Today, Obama signed the uber-porky federal budget, which is plenty bad enough at a time when the federal government needs more than ever to watch every penny.  But along with it, he included a signing statement declaring that he considered 5 of the provisions he was signing into law unconstitutional, and would not enforce them. […]

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Tags: Congress · Constitutional Law · George Bush · Obama

A Nonsensical Liberal Argument that Admits Liberalism Doesn’t Work

February 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on A Nonsensical Liberal Argument that Admits Liberalism Doesn’t Work

Yesterday in the RGJ, there was a piece by local columnist David Jacobs snarkily noting that neither George Bush nor Congressional Republicans (back when they held majorities) were all that fiscally conservative.  He further suggested that lack of economic smarts helped cause the economic problems we have now. He’s right. So why, then, would he […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Economy · George Bush · Liberals · Nevada Politics · Obama · Partisanship · Republicans · Taxes

I’m Shocked – Shocked! – to Find Gambling Going On Here!

February 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on I’m Shocked – Shocked! – to Find Gambling Going On Here!

Embattled Sen. Roland W. Burris’ legal and political problems deepened Tuesday as Democrats in Washington and Illinois signaled that they would support an investigation into whether the senator lied under oath about his appointment to the Illinois Senate seat. So who would have thunk that a guy appointed by an impeached Chicago politician would be […]

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Tags: Blagojevich · Congress · Corruption · Democrats

The Need for Speed?

February 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Need for Speed?

Remember when the bailout had to be passed NOW NOW NOW?  When every second counted?  When every hour that went by meant hundreds of lost jobs that could otherwise be saved?  Obama himself wrote of the urgency of each day: Because each day we wait to begin the work of turning our economy around, more […]

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Tags: Congress · Economy · Obama

A Happy Loss

November 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Happy Loss

So Ted Stevens has lost his Senate seat in Alaska, bringing the Democrats that much closer to a veto-proof supermajority. Good.

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Tags: Congress · Republicans

“At Least it Can’t Get Worse…”

November 11th, 2008 · 11 Comments

I was looking at some old comment threats from the Federalist Society Blog I contributed to frequently in law school.  One of the comments from an avowed libertarian caught my eye.  He said: [P]utting the Democrats in charge of one or both houses of congress can’t possibly make matters worse, with Bush in the presidency. […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Economy · Libertarians

What Happened

October 1st, 2008 · Comments Off on What Happened

From Reason Magazine, an excellent and detailed explanation of how the financial sector got into this mess.  I couldn’t agree with the summation more: Congressional leaders have vowed to bring a new proposal for a vote, possibly as soon as Thursday, proving yet again that Washington is fertile ground for really bad ideas. But with […]

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Tags: Congress · Economy