One hundred years ago on June 1, Louis Dembitz Brandeis was confirmed as the first Jewish justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading The Jewish Jefferson
Republicans reluctant to support the candidacy of Donald Trump are being bludgeoned with the argument that the next president could appoint as many as three Supreme Court justices. If Donald doesn’t pick them, Hillary will.
So Republicans should rally to Trump for that reason alone.
Pardon me, but I’m not buying that argument.
It’s now routine for the scribbling pens and chattering class to pose the beer question or a variation thereof, and, based on a candidate’s perceived likability and relatability, they create a self-fulfilling narrative of electability.
If a candidate is warm and likable, these pundits say, Americans will be more inclined to vote for him or her. But woe to any politician who seems unable to kiss babies with ease, feel someone’s pain, look relaxed on television, or down a beer comfortably. Continue reading Likability Shouldn’t Matter When Electing a President
The April 28 issue of the Wall Street Journal carried an editorial warning of grave consequences if the Supreme Court rules that there is a constitutional right to gay marriage.
“Discovering a fundamental right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution,” tut-tutted the Journal’s editors, “pre-empts the democratic process and assumes that the people aren’t capable of mediating their differences with decency and tolerance.”
Continue reading Gay Marriage: Who’s Sorry Now?
Nineteen ninety-three. I sat in my cubicle, the window over my back facing the opposite wall without character.
Back in the days of phones, mine rang. It was a friend who was a clerk of a clerk of a clerk of a Supreme court Justice. Continue reading Sandra’s Moment (Part One)