Category National Politics

We have our first Floridian on the US Supreme Court!

Justice Ketani Brown Jackson grew up in Miami and most of you surely know. She was sworn in at Noon today as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, the first African-American ever to be on the highest court in the land.

Watergate at 50 – Looking back at the world Richard Nixon created through Rick Perlstein’s books

For the better part of the last 15 years, Rick Perlstein has written a narrative about the period from 1960 to 1980 and the effective conservative takeover of America. Perlstein’s four books provide the quite possibly the best societal and political critique of that era. This narrative is split up into four volumes. The first […]

Is the January 6 committee accomplishing anything worthwhile? Will the next coup attempt be stopped? Unlikely…

January 6 was a terrible event, a permanent blot on the United States that perhaps can never be expunged. The January 6 Select Committee in the US House is currently holding televised hearings that do bring lots of light to what happened January 6 and who was responsible. This is a good thing. But it […]

#FloridaProud – Ketanji Brown Jackson nominated for the US Supreme Court

A historic appointment by President Biden, not simply because she’s an African-American woman but because she is a Floridian. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination puts someone who grew up in Florida in the spotlight. As we’ve discussed previously, the only Floridian nominated to the Supreme Court, Tallahassee’s Harrold Carswell, was rejected by the Senate in […]

Biden a year in – The good and the bad

President Joe Biden’s first year in office has led to record low approval ratings. Yet he had done much correctly to this point, but without question much has gone wrong. The media is very much focused on legislative fights and inside DC baseball. Very little of this is meaningful to a polarized electorate which doesn’t […]

TFS+ – the pre-Trump radicalization of the GOP

Over at TFS+ we’re running a series of audio discussions between Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer discussing the long-term radicalization of the GOP BEFORE Donald Trump was on the political scene. It’s an important discussion given the recent trend in the mainstream media to act as if the GOP was a mainstream force until 2015.

TFS + – Biden’s first year defined by a media employing double-standards

Joe Biden has had a rough first year in office Of course, the Biden White House could do better on messaging. Of course, the Biden White House could have done better on COVID testing.  Of course, the Biden White House could have done better with its legislative strategy.  But none of this is the point.  […]

On January 6 why so little analysis of what came before Trump?

If you watched CNN or MSNBC on Insurrection Day you might be fooled into think the Republicans were hunky dory before Trump was nominated for President. Well, that is plainly not the case. I threw out a Twitter thread that evening to express my frustration. I fingered the 1970’s to bring Reagan and Gingrich into […]

Identity Crisis: Who Are We?

How do you identify? If you were asked to describe yourself without using your name, how would you respond? Identity is tricky a concept but important to understanding behavior. Where you stand tends to be where you sit, after all. In the U.S. few would identify with their state, outside of Texas, Alabama and maybe, […]

Can working class solidarity be achieved in electoral politics?

This is an interesting study from Jacobin Magazine that’s well-worth a read for all progressives.