Fruit from the Poisoned Tree

“Ye shall know them by their fruits,” the Good Shepherd entoned. “The proof of the pudding is in the tasting”, the general public agreed. “What have you done for me lately?” the voters demanded. “Science,” Carl Sagan replied, “delivers the … Continue reading

Smoke and Fire: Scandal, Incompetence, and Politics as Usual

Sometimes, you get a brushfire but no smoke. And last week in North Carolina, we got a spark. On Tuesday, establishment Republican Thom Tillis defeated a Tea Party challenge from Greg Brannon to become the GOP’s candidate for this fall’s Senate race. And for my money, that race produced what should have been last week’s big scandal story. Continue reading

New York Moves the Country Closer to a Constitutional Crisis

When the delegates to what came to be called the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia during the hot summer of 1787, they took on the daunting task of designing a new form of government. By any measure, the Constitution they … Continue reading