Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cruising the Web

Yup. Obama is more interested in demagoguery than logic in pushing for a gun bill.

Conor Friedersdorf has a thoughtful post on why the Kermit Gosnell abortion horror story didn't get more media attention.

Peter Suderman examines how the federal government flushed away the $833 stimulus. The lack of results from this waste of money that was one of the key measures of Obama's first term should be getting more attention. It stands as a model of bad-bill writing.

John Kerry has a typical knee-jerk fact-free response for why more Japanese students aren't coming to the U.S. to study. But then ideology needs to trump everything for some people.

A feminist attorney details the nightmare that was inflicted on her son when a former girlfriend made unsubstantiated allegations of abuse that supposedly occurred several years earlier. The university denied him legal representation as they questioned him about allegations that they would not detail for him. We really are living in an upside down world. I thought liberals cared about due process, but I guess that assumptions that women never lie about sexual abuse trump those concerns.

Here is a thoughtful argument for a 28th Amendment requiring that all members of Congress must obey any law that they pass and that they can make no law that applies to them and not to the rest of the country.

Charlie Cook analyzes why there is a decline in swing districts and what this means for House elections. Short summary: racial gerrymandering is giving Republicans an inborn advantage. Jay Cost has more on the structural GOP advantage in the House by winning non-urban districts.

Michael Barone builds on those same points to explain how our two-party system now has become basically what political scientists used to always desire - a liberal and conservative political division in the parties. However, that means that we're aimed for long-term gridlock. Of course, such generalizations may last only as long as the next election.

It really is unnecessary rudeness for Obama not to send a representative from his administration to Margaret Thatcher's funeral and for Senator Bob Menendez to try to block a rather anodyne Senate resolution honoring her. The equivalent of a diplomatic insult to a close ally is noticeable and unnecessary.