Musing about law, books, and politics

Trump, the modern GOP, and the Shooters

What Trump, the modern GOP, and the shooters have in common: They see themselves as victims. E.W. Jackson believes it’s the demonization of white people by liberals, not white supremacy, that is radicalizing mass shooters. It’s definitely counterintuitive that members Read more…


Why Some Congressional Democrats are not Rushing to Impeachment

Freshman Congresswoman Lauren Underwood explains. Her applepodcasts.com/recodedecode interview with Kara Swisher is a must for the “Impeach Now Or Else” crowd. You can listen to it, or, if you prefer Twitter Style Cliff Notes, keep reading. In 2018 Lauren Underwood Read more…


Impeachment 201

“If we decide to report articles of impeachment,” Nadler said Monday, “we could get to that late in the fall. . .” Take out your notebooks. It’s time Impeachment 201, the advanced course. The elementary course is here. The Constitution Read more…


It’s Not Just the NRA: It’s the NRA, White Supremacy, and Russia

From the New York Times: A hate-filled manifesto was posted on line minutes before the El Paso massacre which spoke of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and warned that white people were being replaced by foreigners. It’s well known that Read more…


Proud to be an Institutionalist

This is what a real witch hunt looks like: It’s also how the GOP hopes to play “whatabout,” undermine the Mueller probe, and attack and undermine democratic institutions.  Remember all those years of Whitewater, Bengahzi, and “her emails”? Once in Read more…


Responding to Nikki Haley

First Trump tweeted this: Then Nikki Haley tweeted this: That’s telling him off, Nikki! I mean, you really let him know how wrong he is! (sarcasm) [View my response as a Twitter thread] Actually, Nikki, attacking Baltimore and others is Read more…


Trump’s “legal defenses”

As we move toward impeachment, Team Trump seems to have settled on Trump’s “legal defenses.” They were neatly laid out by the House GOP in Mueller Judiciary Committee hearing. Here’s what to expect (and what we should do). Each of Read more…


What we mean when we say, “It’s about race”

(and sexism and homophobia and fear of difference) Here’s a roundup of scholarship (some taken from previous threads—but now all in one place). In response to my recent thread on Trump-GOP-Russia love, Robin says: like “c’mon, we’re still not past Read more…


Impeachment: What’s in a Name?

The House Judiciary Committee moved to obtain secret grand jury materials from Special Counsel Mueller’ report in federal court, arguing that they need the information to decide whether to impeach President Trump. But they’re still not calling it an impeachment Read more…


Moscow Mitch McConnell

What’s up with the GOP-Russia love? On Wed, Mueller said the 2016 Russian attack wasn’t “a single attempt. They’re doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it during the next campaign.” Today McConnell killed protective legislation. Read more…