Should the 17th Amendment Go Away?

Congressman Jeff Flake may have stepped into a bit of controversy when he recently wished that the 17th Amendment had never been passed: “I should just mention, on the 17th Amendment, I think it’s better as it reinforces the notion of federalism to have senators appointed by state legislatures,” Flake said. “Having said that, I’m […]

Responding to the Huffington Post’s Anti-Electoral College Piece

Yesterday, Howard Steven Friedman lamented “The Anti-Democratic Electoral College” on the Huffington Post website.  Much of it was typical anti-Electoral College rhetoric that I have rebutted at length elsewhere, but a few observations on his piece: 1. Friedman begins his piece by declaring that “America was once a world leader in democracy, with innovations like […]

A “swing” state that is forgetting to be “swing” this year

Yet again, we see a small piece of evidence that there is no such thing as a permanently “safe” or “swing” state in presidential elections. The New York Times reports: Missouri, the state that was once considered the nation’s ultimate bellwether, looks as though it is likely to be out of reach for President Obama […]

NY Times: Is Minnesota a Battleground Again?

Once every four years, we hear a lot of moaning and groaning from anti-Electoral College activists who claim that “most states don’t matter” and that the President will be elected by only a handful of swing states.  I mean, really!  If you don’t live in a swing state, why bother to vote at all? These opponents […]

George Washington: Religion is more than tolerated. It is essential.

Joe and I have a letter in the Wall Street Journal today.  The letter is reprinted below. America’s founders wanted those of a variety of faiths to feel welcome and included. However, we think Mr. Meyerson stops short of one key point that should also be emphasized, at least as it pertains to George Washington. […]