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Forget The Crusades, Etc. Obama Himself Uses Christ To Justify A Lie

Over on the Volokh Conspiracy Ilya Somin has some very astute “Reflections on Obama’s misrepresentation of his position on same-sex marriage,” referring to David Axelrod’s bombshell admission that in his campaign Obama routinely lied about his opposition to same sex marriage — what Time Magazine described as “A striking admission of political dishonesty from the […]

The Washington Post On Presidential Education: Double (Or No) Standards?

So, the Washington Post thinks that the college grades, etc., of Scott Walker, one of what seems like two or three dozen potential Republican presidential candidates, is worthy of a full-court press and exposé. We learn, for example, that before not graduating he received a D- in French. Quelle horreur! (At least if  he goes […]

New Study: Less Selective Law Schools Admit More Lower Qualified Applicants!

Yes. In case you were wondering, a new study — by Aaron Taylor, an assistant professor at the Saint Louis University Law School — really has determined, as the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s title of its article on the study puts it, that “Less-Prestigious Law Schools Enroll More Minority Students, Report Says.” “As expected,” Professor […]

An Amtrak Lesson About Obamacare

Today Helene and I took the train up to see our daughter Jessie, in Westchester County, New York. We left Charlottesville on Amtrak Train 176, the Northeast Regional, at 8:52 am right on time. It was scheduled to stop in New Rochelle at 3:47 with no changes — a short cab ride from where Jessie […]

Originalism, Same Sex Marriage, And Affirmative Action

[NOTE: This post has been UPDATED] I encourage readers to take a look at the enlightening debate taking place on the Volokh Conspiracy over whether there are valid originalist arguments supporting same sex marriage, i.e., supporting the view that laws restricting marriage to partners of the opposite sex violate the Fourteenth Amendment. Ilya Somin, supported by ace […]

More On Obama’s Legacy

Growth of Federal Debt: Douglas Elmsdorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, in Congressional testimony today: We expect that federal debt held by the public will amount to 74% of GDP at the end of this fiscal year, more than twice what it was at the end of 2007, and higher than in any year since […]

The Most Lawless Administration In History?

Katie Pavlich has a sobering (I hope) article in The Hill asking, “Will The Next Attorney General Stand For the Rule of Law?” It provides chapter and verse of a number of ways in which the current attorney general and his boss do not. Alas, her article could have been even longer. It did not […]

Jeb Bush Channels Michael Dukakis

1988: “Michael Dukakis counters Republican ‘ideology’ with Democratic ‘competence.’” Washington Post today: “Jeb Bush previews 2016 run, promising ‘adult conversations’ on big issues” Bush was sharply critical of Washington — not only of President Obama but also of the Republican-controlled Congress — saying there were too many “academic and political hacks” with “hard-core ideology” who […]

“Deflation” And The Legacy Of Obama

Carter gave us malaise, and Obama on the way out has now given us a word for his reign … deflation. Not of the dollar but of hope, honesty (“If you like your health insurance …”),  optimism, civility, integrity in government. The New England Patriots deflate the football. Obama and his defenders deflate the Constitution. […]

Liberals Respect Individual Rights … So Long As No One Objects

One of the most interesting, and even astonishing, aspects of our current political thought and practice is the rapidity and thoroughness of contemporary liberals’ abandonment of their tradition’s former grounding in a belief in individual rights. That flight from rights can (and here, if I do say so myself, has) been seen clearly with regard […]