President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter is the type of decision we have come to expect from the Obama administration. It involved important political considerations and will likely prove to be good enough for liberals but not off-putting for conservatives. Let me start off with the assumption that she [...]

On Monday, in response to a complaint from the United States Department of Justice alleging that Governor Milorad “Rod” Blagojevich had solicited bribes and engaged in a massive conspiracy to commit fraud, the Illinois House voted 113-0 to begin impeachment proceedings. Blagojevich has not yet been indicted. On December 10th, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [...]

Volokh (twice), DailyKos, and some others have been talking about the Emoluments Clause and how it disqualifies Hillary from accepting the position of Secretary of State. First, the clause: No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States [...]

J. Scott Jennings, the 29-year old aide to Karl Rove, was forced to go in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about the US Attorney Scandal. As soon as I read the title to the New York Times article,”With Rove Absent, Aide Is Grilled by Senate Panel”, I knew it was going to [...]

Ann Althouse has a rather interesting article about Justice Steven’s recent speech at the Ninth Circuit’s Judicial Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Its obvious from the location of this judicial conference that congressmen aren’t the only ones who take junkets. Regardless, this is the most interesting part of her recap: I think, after all — he’s [...]

Harry’s Filibuster Dreams Shattered

Poor Harry Reid. He went out on a limb and kept the Senate in session way longer than he had to and he got burned. By a vote of 52-47, the Senate rejected the vote for cloture which would have forced a vote on the Reed/Levin Amendment. I’ve been watching sporadically all night and the [...]

11:26am EST: Reid Failed by a vote of 52-47. Reed/Levin is now stalled in the Senate. Harry Reid is currently trying to pass a motion to reconsider, but I don’t imagine it will do much. 10:45am EST: Mitch McConnell is calling out the Reed/Levin bill for being vague and unspecific. He repeatedly declares that he [...]

Filibustering Explained

Let me first admit that I am wildly excited about the idea of a filibuster in the making. I’ve always wanted to see some old-fashioned senatorial glory and the most recent filibusters haven’t lived up to their predecessors. When I first read that Harry Reid was going to push the Republicans to filibustering, I got [...]

Facing South is my new favorite blog. This post (by correctly explaining how Karl Rove’s recent GOP strategy PowerPoint (.pdf) violated the Hatch Act by being presented on federal property) intrigued me. Then I got sucked in by the observation that, in 2008, every southern state save Florida will hold a Senatorial election. Although Rove [...]

The GOP’s Political Suicide

Hello everybody, my name is Gary Wang. I’ll be blogging here on political affairs in the United States. Recently, the senate voted 56-43 to kill the bipartisan immigration reform bill. One the bill’s staunch opponents, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) boasted on his senate website that “This act created a crisis of confidence in their government. [...]



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