Elias Isquith is very agitated about one of the points in this post, which may be due to a lack of clarity on my part. To provide said clarity, I should emphasize that I am not saying that the p
Unless you’re completely new to the blog, you know that I disagree with the two key premises underlying Matt Stoller’s call for a primary challenge against Obama. First, I think it’s
I think this comment from David Mizner — whose excellent novel you should check out — gets to the heart of the issue: This argument — could President Obama have gotten progressive bills
I find myself in an unusual position of arguing that someone is underestimating presidential power. Armando asserts that I argue that we shouldn’t care who is president. So, working backward fro
I have more to say about what the presidency and what it can and can’t accomplish based on Jeff Shessol’s terrific book on FDR and the court-packing fight. But since I have a couple dea
Because of both Senate obstructionism and the relatively low priority placed on them by the Obama administration, the pace of appointments to the federal judiciary has been regrettably low. But quanti
A much, much better approach. Setting the precedent that hostage-taking over the debt ceiling can work is the kind of fraying of norms that will cause the system to become fully rather than partially
Here I do think Obama’s unwillingness to consider the option reflects his preferences, or if not certainly reflects a serious misreading of what the Court is actually likely to do.