What this blog needs is more Nixon

With the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation coming up on August 9, there’s a slew of new books about Nixon and his presidency. I wrote recently about several of the new titles: * I interviewed Pat Buchanan for Salon about his new book, The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority. […]

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An interview with Bruce Murphy on his new biography, ‘Scalia’

Earlier this week, Kirkus Reviews published an abbreviated version of my interview with Bruce Allen Murphy about his new biography, Scalia: A Court of One. In this longer version of the interview, Murphy and I discuss Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s background, legal writing, and judicial philosophy. Let’s start with the basics of originalism vs. textualism. […]

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George Will is a lazy, partisan hack

This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on November 30, 2013. George Will proved once again in a recent column that he is perhaps the most intellectually dishonest “intellectual” in a city awash with intellectual dishonesty. Not content to make obvious arguments about the administration’s problems implementing the Affordable Care Act — nee Obamacare — Will […]

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‘Moneyball’-ing election coverage

This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on November 27, 2013. There was an interesting discussion on Saturday’s “Up with Steve Kornacki” between Kornacki and John Sides, a political scientist who co-wrote The Gamble: Choice and Change in the 2012 Presidential Election, which takes the view that presidential elections are largely static stalemates that turn […]

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How is Obama legacy project going?

This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on July 8, 2013. Jonathan Alter said recently that the 2012 election was “the most consequential” of his lifetime.  In his new book, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Alter describes this more in terms of the non-election of Mitt Romney than the re-election of Barack Obama: Even if […]

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Review: Politico e-books

This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on June 25, 2013. In the opening anecdote of Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin’s The End of the Line, their behind-the-scenes e-book about the last month of the 2012 presidential campaign, we join our regularly scheduled election already in progress: It was more than an hour after the […]

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