Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Politics Friday!

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* Secession watch: now Tucson wants to secede from Arizona.

* American politics increasingly resembles a kind of total war in which each party mobilizes every conceivable asset at its disposal against the other. Most governors were once conscientious objectors in that struggle. No more. Ezra’s post rightly points to the courts as well:

The individual mandate has now been upheld by three district judges appointed by Democrats and overturned by two district judges appointed by Republicans. It’s a perfect partisan record — which is not what most legal scholars and analysts predicted. Dahlia Lithwick went back to the initial coverage of the GOP’s lawsuits. “It was an article of faith among court watchers that President Obama’s health care reform plan would be upheld at the Supreme Court by a margin of 7-2 or 8-1,” she concluded. Lee Epstein, a law professor at Northwestern University, told me the same thing. “Even my very, very conservative colleagues last year said that if the Court follows existing precedent, this is a no-brainer.”

* When a congressman at a town hall is asked “Who’s going to shoot Obama?”, of course the most appropriate reply is “I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president.”

* What could possibly go wrong? Newt says Republicans should impeach the president over DOMA, then immediately gets cold feet.

This is what it’s like to spend nearly thirty years in prison for something you didn’t do. (via)

* And which Americans have passports, state by state.

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  1. Gee, that chart of passports is sort of unkind and makes some assumptions. Small-minded? I consider myself pretty large-minded and I do not have a passport. I just am not part of a leisure class that has the time or resources to travel.

    David

    February 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    • Yeah, “income” and “proximity to border” definitely seem like the more important considerations that “small-mindedness.” I don’t know how small-mindedness would even be quantified…

      gerrycanavan

      February 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm


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