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Collateral Damage

Shortly after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell said he would not rule out filling a Court vacancy should one arise during the final year of President Trump’s term, despite refusing to act on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for this very reason. When it looked like Hillary Clinton was going to win the 2016 … Read More

The Kavanaugh Assault

Why are Republicans so determined to install Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court? That’s the question I’ve been asked most since last Thursday’s gut-wrenching, courageous testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about the Supreme Court nominee’s attempt to rape her at a drunken high school gathering. After all, there are plenty of conservative jurists with the Federalist Society seal of … Read More

Accountability

Democracy dies without accountability. The democratic system is built on our ability to know what our representatives are doing and kick officials out of office as a corrective to poor performance. This is how the mechanism is supposed to work: Candidates tell us what they want to do if they are elected. They give us honest information about their platforms which we use to decide how to vote. In office, … Read More

Worth Repeating

After failing to prevent Donald Trump from claiming the Republican nomination, party loyalists have tried hard to prop him up while distancing themselves from his words and ideas. That dance has proved difficult, and the decision not to oppose him will have lasting consequences. Now, as Trump’s post-debate behavior threatens to send Republicans running for shelter, I thought it would be … Read More

Obama Opts for Divide and Conquer

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the door on a Supreme Court replacement before it opened, Washington conventional wisdom coalesced around the expectation that President Obama would nominate a liberal jurist who could excite the Democratic Party base ahead of the upcoming election, then make the Senate’s failure to confirm his selection an issue in the fall. The logic of this approach … Read More

Connecting the Dots

Wolves and Sheep is approaching its one month birthday, and I doubt it could have launched during a more unstable moment in American politics. Much has happened since we started this project on Valentine’s Day, so let’s see if we can connect a few dots to make sense of the national political picture as of Saturday March 12:

The Whole Ballgame

News reports had barely confirmed the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that his chamber would neither offer its advice nor consent to any nomination made by President Obama to fill the suddenly vacant Supreme Court seat. The timing of McConnell’s proclamation may have been distasteful, but his effort to get in front of the coming … Read More