One of the most difficult — yet most necessary — things in politics is telling your supporters “no.” You beseech everyone for votes and contributions during campaigns, hoping to receive enough of each to earn electoral success. If it works, you take office; those supporters then proffer their preferred policy prescriptions to the issues of […]
“Olly Olly Oxen Free!” With that call, kids come out of their hiding places while playing a game during summer vacation. As the 2020 Presidential election approaches, it seems like it has also called out all the Democrats who wish to replace Donald Trump. On June 26 and 27, there will be a two-night spectacular. […]
Notre Dame catching fire during Holy Week is a tragedy, but also presents a potential parallel. In the Gospel of John, Jesus told his disciples that he would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in 3 days. It foreshadowed His resurrection, rather than the earthly rebuilding of a physical structure. There is probably an analogy and […]
There is a great scene in the movie A Few Good Men. Well, there are a few great scenes, but the one I’m thinking of has Noah Wyle, as Marine Corporal Jeffrey Barnes, sitting on the witness stand. Kevin Bacon questions him, asking whether a certain practice is defined in an issued manual. The tension […]
“The President’s order does not direct that a congressional policy be executed in a manner prescribed by Congress — it directs that a presidential policy be executed in a manner prescribed by the President.” That line is from a famous Supreme Court decision known as Youngstown Steel. It was part of an opinion against President […]
That didn’t last long. John McCain was laid to rest last weekend. Regardless of your opinion on his politics, he was lauded as someone who tried to put the nation’s best interest first. That is why he was eulogized by two former presidents, who each bested him en route to the White House (with supporters […]
He’s unorthodox, to say the least. But maybe he can make headway with Russia where Hillary Clinton’s “reset” failed.
The “Maine Outdoor Alliance” was airing campaign ads exempt from disclosure by a technicality. But Lucas St. Clair’s allies were technically correct, which is the best kind of correct.
If you have permission to do something, does it really qualify as civil disobedience? That’s the question which needs to be asked after Wednesday’s “National School Walkout” concerning gun violence. It doesn’t belittle the cause; after all, both the Tea Party rallies in 2010 and the Women’s March in 2017 were completely appropriate exercises of […]
I really like math. So what does that have to do with Maine politics? Well, it turns out at June’s gubernatorial primary we will vote by ranked choice ballot. That means math. As we sit here today, several Democrats — Sean Faircloth, Jim Boyle, and Patrick Eisenhart — have dropped out of the race for […]