Tag Archives: National Review

Still No Evidence Voter ID Laws Work

In other equally-shocking news, water is wet and the sky is blue. The National Review trots out a recent case of voter fraud to prove the urgent need for voter ID laws, but neglects a critical distinction. The fraud case involved absentee ballots, not ballots cast at a poll site in the ordinary course. Absentee ballots […]

In Culture, the Legal Academy Leads — Antintellectualism Notwithstanding

The National Review spent last week expending an appropriate amount of mental energy on the things that really matter — like, is Obama a dangerous radical, because he knew black people? To the publication’s credit, David French answered in the negative, arguing, reasonably, that people change over time: “Law school Obama is not our president, and I’m not […]

The Healthcare Mandate Contradiction

Virginia’s proposed law to require an invasive vaginal ultrasound before any abortion conducted in the state blissfully lies in ruins, the product of Governor McDonnell’s attempt to run away from the more extreme wing of his party, and back to comfortable territory from whence he can seek a vice presidential nomination. But leave it to […]

The Rich Man’s Burden; or, Trading Lessons Between the Classes

This week’s Economist reduces to op-ed form what is (apparently — I choose to take them at their word) the thesis of Charles Murray’s latest book, Coming Apart: the State of White America. That is, that the social morality of the haves- in this country, the 1 or maybe 10% who serially send their kids […]

Consensual Affair ≠ Sexual Harrassment

Bill Bennett: “It is hypocritical in the extreme for those members of the media who didn’t take the charges and allegations against Bill Clinton seriously to be taking the allegations against Herman Cain that we now have as seriously as they are. Hypocritical is probably too soft a word, frankly.” Except Bill Clinton stood accused […]

Is the Supreme Court’s Mandate Binding?

I know, dumb question. But bear with me. Jennifer Rubin for the Washington Post highlights an odd question kicked to several of the current Republican contenders: do they think Congress could (and should) pass a law under the Fourteenth Amendment’s “enforcement clause,” overruling Roe v. Wade? Let’s state the painfully obvious — this is a […]

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Church?

Continuing the trend of “fighting back against characterizations they’re actually proud of,” the National Review explains why modern, politicized Christian fundamentalism is not an exclusionary worldview to be feared, but a simple attempt to prevent mean-spirited liberals from ejecting Christianity from the marketplace of ideas.”It’s easy to forget,” moans David French, …that just a generation […]

Today’s Thin Excuses for Scientific Denialism

No-one is more surprised than me by the vocal, negative reaction we’re seeing among conservatives actually offended by the charge that their candidates, especially Rick Perry, are “anti-science.” I rather thought this would be a point of pride; isn’t “mainstream science” an “elitist” liberal construct? In any event, the counter-offensive, supplied by the National Review‘s Rich Lowry, goes […]

The Need for “Establishment Clause Standing”

The National Review rightly flags another absurd lawsuit filed by American Atheists, here, to pull down the wrought iron cross just north of Ground Zero (to you culture war partisans, that’s two blocks south of the “Ground Zero Mosque”). The cross, remember, was discovered on the grounds of the former World Trade Center, and immediately became a […]

The Heritage Foundation Makes the Case for Judicial Activism…

…while purporting to invoke “judicial restraint.” In a summary of how, exactly, the Sixth Circuit apparently erred in sustaining the Affordable Care Act against slipshod “tenther” litigation, Edwin Meese explains, Whatever the merits of that judge’s analysis, it was not an example of judicial restraint properly understood. While restraint counsels against judges shaping the law […]