I hated saying it the first time, and I hate even more saying it again. The only reason I said it the first time, and the only reason I’m saying it again, is because I think that, for reasons of mental hygiene if nothing else, we progressives / leftists / liberals, i.e., those of us still possessed of a functioning prefrontal cortex, must remain firmly tethered to reality. Besides, in addition to personal hygiene, for the sake of the Nation we dare not follow the fascist-adjacent right, lemming-like, over the cliff of “alternative facts.”
So I will swallow the bitter pill and say it yet again:
(1) There will be no "blue wave" in November
We will more than likely see the usual scenario repeated whereby ... yes, to be sure ... the party holding the White House loses some sea
I must admit it feels really strange to be channeling Alan Dershowitz, not only because Prof. Dershowitz is still very much alive, but also because, at least on some issues, I share his oft-reviled ability to act as an honest broker by disinterestedly considering constitutional issues from the standpoint of both parties to a dispute. But that is the position I find myself in while reading stories about and pondering the back and forth between Democrats / progressives and Republicans / conservatives regarding the matter of the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees Merrick Garland and Brett Kavanaugh. People on both sides of these controversies seem much more conversant with and concerned about the principles of tennis than those of the US Constitution. Moreover, there is about equal
Note: This column was written and scheduled for publication before the results of the election were known. I publish it now only as an exercise in nostalgia: hearkening back to a time when we could indulge the collective fantasy that the American judicial system would not become the administrator of shari'a law, Trump style. Enjoy while you still can!
Left-wingers and progressives have just as much potential to be amygdala-driven fanatics as people on the religious right. Doubt me? Take a look at “It’s Time To Expel Senate Republicans For Violating the Constitution” recently forwarded to Facebook from a site called PoliticsUSA. The most salient virtue of the piece is to provide a sterling example of Justice David Souter’s recent warning on YouTube about the dangers of “pervasive ci