Author: Scott Lemieux

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A great point here by Michael Berube. While I understand that acknowledging the deeply-felt moral sense of people who oppose some abortions procured by the wrong kind of pe…er, “pro-lifers” is politically necessary in some cases, few things frustrate me as much as framing the issue in a way that implies that while people who oppose […]

Shorter Friedman

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On October 11, 2004

Julia at Sisyphus Shrugged nails it. Really, the Times should have suggested that the book would have been better with another year or twenty of research. But, then, and op-ed page with that kind of

Yet More Dred Scott blogging!

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On October 11, 2004
Just to make a last quick point, I think this post at the (superb) Counterspin Central represents a fairly common misperception about the extent of Dred Scott‘s holding. Obviously, if the Court had simply held that Dred Scott didn’t have the right to sue because he was a slave, the case would be utterly uncontroversial (from a […]

The second debate thread

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On October 8, 2004
I just hope Atrios is right. I think Kerry did what he needed to do, but as I said below he let too many distortions lay out there. It’s probably correct that responding to each one would be counterproductive. But his response on the war supplemental–which still doesn’t mention Bush’s threatened veto–remains painfully inadequate. Let’s turn it […]

Deserting a sinking ship

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On October 7, 2004
Even former Bush sycophants are deserting–Andrew Sullivan, Howard Fineman, Mickey Kaus. But I was shocked to see that the paper of choice for the complacent mid-right, The Seattle Times, had endorsed Kerry: Four years ago, this page endorsed George W. Bush for president. We cannot do so again — because of an ill-conceived war and its aftermath, […]
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