Maybe I'm crazy, or just jealous, but my favorite—and I think most emblematic—contest this Election Day was the mayor's race in New York City. Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, despite spending more than $100 million of his own money, ended up in the race of his life against a relative unknown named William Thompson.What does that have to do with Republican victories in the governor's race in Virginia and New Jersey?
Election Day 2009 was not a repudiation of Barack Obama, but it sure wasn't a vote of confidence, either. Exit polls in Virginia and New Jersey showed that fewer than 40 percent of voters factored the president per se into their polling-booth equation.
After its modestly successful way-way-out-of-town tryout in Hong Kong, The Sarah Palin Show is getting ready to hit the U.S.A. next month. To coincide with the release of her ghost-assisted book, Going Rogue, Palin and her advisers are planning a careful TV and Web rollout in mid November, to be followed by paid speeches to business, civic, and college groups.
Barack Obama and Ed Rendell were delighted when they convinced Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties earlier this year. But now that coup falls into the category of "be careful what you wish for," because the president and the governor of Pennyslvania have a problem on their hands: Arlen Specter.
When John G. Roberts Jr. testified at his confirmation hearings, he promised to be an umpire at the baseball game of constitutional law, cautiously calling balls and strikes with his eyes firmly fixed on a well-understood and relatively static strike zone.
How is the government going to pay the upfront 10-year costs of health-care reform (a.k.a. health-insurance reform)? Well, despite months of hearings, committee markups, and backstage negotiating, the White House and Hill Democrats are still making up the answer as they go along.
Less than two weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens made news in a typically elliptical court way. He announced that he had hired only one─as opposed to the full complement of four─clerks for next year.
Why Ted Kennedy's death resonates more with baby boomers than other generations.
In America, we invented a way to tap the energy of the free market without letting it run wild. It's called federal regulation. When an industry becomes too big and powerful for our own good─railroads and oil in the late 19th century, radio networks and electric power companies in the 1930s, for example─We the People step in via Congress, not to "socialize" commerce in a Marxist sense, but in the name of the American tradition of the Common Good.In America we cannot abide unaccountable...
I think I understand the Democrats' latest strategy for passing a health-care reform plan. At least I think I do after talking to some plugged-in party types on Capitol Hill.
In the old common law, there was a form of pleading called "confession and avoidance." You admitted the facts the plaintiff alleged, and then asked the court for permission to explain them away with other (exculpatory) facts. Judge Sonia Sotomayor, cautious and shrewd as expected, used that old tactic to good effect in what was supposed to be (but so far is not) a contentious day of her confirmation hearings.