Marco Rubio and the problem of words and their meanings

I’m not a historian of American politics, but I pay a fair bit of attention to what goes on, and I honestly can’t think of any primary candidate who’s gotten more media traction without winning a single contest, or really having any expectations of winning any in the near future, than Marco Rubio. This is… Continue reading Marco Rubio and the problem of words and their meanings

Happy Gold Medal and/or Marbury v. Madison Day!

Sunday was the 35th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice,” the amazing 1980 Winter Olympics upset of the dominant Soviet national team by the amateur US team (a team that had lost to those same Soviets 10-3 in an exhibition a couple of weeks earlier). What gets lost in the remembrance of that game is… Continue reading Happy Gold Medal and/or Marbury v. Madison Day!

A couple more important points on last night’s speech

Today being what it is, I’m likely going to pack it in after this post and turn off all the noise for a while. But here are a couple of other things to keep in mind (apart from the reaction I had last night) as the Obama administration’s plan for taking on the Islamic State… Continue reading A couple more important points on last night’s speech

Authoritarianism on the rebound, my latest at Lobe Log

My newest piece at Lobe Log looks at the many elections that are scheduled to take place (some of which have already taken place) in the Middle East (specifically Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt) this year, and the concern that they will help entrench a reviving strain of authoritarianism that is taking hold in the… Continue reading Authoritarianism on the rebound, my latest at Lobe Log

Good government begins at home, and we’re fresh out of it

There are two organizations here in DC that don’t get as much attention as they deserve and not nearly as much money as they need. They’re called the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI), and their mission is to work with local partners all over the world on behalf of the… Continue reading Good government begins at home, and we’re fresh out of it