Irregular Constitutional Order

I’ve seldom agreed with Hugh Hewitt so strongly—and readers know I agree with him a lot—as I do on repealing the medical device tax through regular constitutional order and not the usual rendering of pig lips and cow parts.  Hewitt has a post today on the issue at his blog.  Here’s a key exchange from…

The judge as moral philosopher

Reviewing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner’s Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts in the Claremont Review of Books, David Forte exposes Justice Scalia’s famous legal positivism as moral philosophy by another name.  “They call false,” Forte writes of Scalia and Garner, “the ‘notion that the quest in statutory interpretation is…

Gosnell and our inadequate public discourse on abortion

Tim Carney wrote yesterday that when Obama was a state senator, he “repeatedly voted against legislation requiring hospitals to care for babies born during abortions” because “[s]uch laws might somehow be used in the future to infringe on abortion’s legality.”  Carney argues that “Gosnell’s method for aborting babies wasn’t substantially different from a procedure Obama…

New New Deal, same old Turkey Farm

In the latest Claremont Review of Books released this week, William Voegeli reviews Time magazine reporter Michael Grunwald’s The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era.  Voegeli’s review is worth reading as usual, but I am excerpting this passage quoting Grunwald’s account of the sclerotic legacy of New Deal bureaucracy for…

Can we agree that THIS is wrong?

This seems like a good way to ease back into blogging after a long absence.  Planned Parenthood of Delaware faces “allegations of unsafe and unsanitary conditions” as witnesses report a failure to wear gloves, use of unsterilized instruments, and unclean surfaces.  This April 9 story ran on ABC’s local Action News program in Philadelphia.  What…

Customer Feedback, Week 6

[Lay impressions on the GOP’s political messaging this week. More information about this series can be found here. Other posts in the series can be found here.] Slow news week last week.  A relative (and rare) calm before the State of the Union tomorrow night.  Hagel and Brennan Republicans are weak on the confirmations of…

“Ideological extremism is not the same thing as political ineptitude”

If you haven’t been following the conversation among William Voegeli, Geoffrey Kabaservice, Stephen Hayward, and David Frum about Voegeli’s lead article in the most recent Claremont Review of Books, you’re missing out.  (See here for some prior excerpts and discussion on these pages.  Also, if you’re interested in books, conservatism, or both, consider subscribing to…