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No Sale

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On June 10, 2004
Maybe Matt Stoller has a point after all. The generally excellent Kevin Drum has a very strange post defending Reagan kicking off his campaign in Philadelphia, MS. As Drum half-concedes several times, it’s an extremely unconvincing argument: 1)I’m not sure what Dukakis doing the (vaguely) same thing proves in the first place. It shows that Dukakis was […]

Law v. Partisan Hackdom

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On June 9, 2004
In late 2003, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the partisan redistricting passed by the Republican legislature, as this redistricting plainly violated the state constitution’s mandate that redistricting be performed only once per decade. This case–a state court interpreting the state constitution–did not raise the slightest federal issue, and on Tuesday the Supreme Court refused to […]

The Final Word

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On June 8, 2004

Jesse Taylor on Christopher Snitchens: Chris Hitchens isn’t a useful idiot – he’s a useful asshole. He fills a slightly brainier niche than Dennis Miller does, although he’s f

Judy, Judy, Judy

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On June 8, 2004
Needless to say, Michael Massing’s NYRB response to the New York Times’s pre-war “journalism” is a (depressing) must-read. It’s doubly depressing that this opinion wouldn’t be written today–not only because there’s no Black on the Court, but because our establishment papers censor themselves so well: In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it […]

The Phantom Menace Effect

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On June 6, 2004
Now that there’s a fairly broad consensus that The Phantom Menace was godawful, it’s often forgotten how well the movie was initially received not only by many fans but by much of the media as well. The likes of Roger Ebert gave the movie good reviews and taped fawning interviews with the hacktacular Mr. Lucas. The […]
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