“Separation of Church and State” celebrates its 211th birthday

Many Americans believe that the phrase “separation of church and state” originates with the United States Constitution.  It does not.  Instead, its first use in a constitutional context was in a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson 211 years ago today.  Jefferson’s letter did not reflect the views of the founding generation regarding their Constitution. […]

Are Pennsylvania Republicans Manipulating the Electoral College?

Some Pennsylvania Republicans are hoping to change the way that the state allocates its presidential electors. Rather than a winner-take-all system of elector allocation, they would prefer to award electors by congressional district. This system would have given Mitt Romney 13 electoral votes from Pennsylvania. Barack Obama would have received only 7. (Obama received 20 with […]

The Real Presidential Election is Today

I have a piece with Trent England on the National Review website today.  Link is here! The Real Presidential Election is Today Commentators have been arguing about whether Barack Obama does or does not have a mandate in his second term. But technically, Obama hasn’t even been reelected yet. More than a month after millions […]

On this day in history: Al Gore concedes the presidential election

On December 13, 2000, the contested election between George W. Bush and Al Gore finally came to an end. It had taken 36 days to decide which candidate won Florida’s slate of electors. Were the weeks of uncertainty caused by the Electoral College? Many commentators act as if they were, but the truth, of course, […]

Federalism Can Save the Republican Party—and Social Conservatives, too.

Should the GOP boot social conservatives from its ranks? Are these (often religious) conservatives hurting the Republican Party? Did the pro-life wing give us another four years of Barack Obama? I’ve been stewing over these questions since the election. I have an admitted bias: I lean conservative on some social issues (very libertarian on others), […]