Scott Lemieux

Scott Lemieux is an assistant professor of political science at the College of Saint Rose. He contributes to the blogs Lawyers, Guns, and Money and Vox Pop.

Recent Articles

PATHETICALLY LIKE A MARTYR.

PATHETICALLY LIKE A MARTYR. Hilzoy offers the best summary for Paul Wolfowitz's ignominious departure from the World Bank that I've seen so far:

A few suggestions for his successor:

(1) If you don't want to resign under a cloud, don't create one.

(2) If you think people are out to get you, don't hand them ammunition.

(3) If you are worried about your reputation, remember that it is not enhanced by clinging so tightly to your job that when you are finally dragged away, you leave claw marks.

THE "PORKBUSTERS" DODGE.

THE "PORKBUSTERS" DODGE. Ramesh Ponnuru has an excellent critique of the "Porkbusters" crusade, noting that it "places an enormous amount of political energy in the service of trivial goals." As he points out, even the modest reductions in federal spending actually being claimed are largely illusory:

THE ARGUMENT FROM TRADITION.

THE ARGUMENT FROM TRADITION. Thers take on the first half of the Scalia quote approvingly cited by Ann Althouse. I'd like to deal with the second:

"What Shakespeare is to the high school English student," Scalia said, "the society's accepted constitutional traditions are to the prudent jurist.

"He does not judge them, but is judged by them. The very test of the validity of his analytic formulas -- his rules -- is whether, when applied to traditional situations, they yield the results that American society has traditionally accepted."

TORTURIN' RUDY.

TORTURIN' RUDY. I'm not sure what's more depressing about yesterday's debate -- the current forerunner enthusiastically and unequivocally supporting torture, or how well it went over in the audience.

THE FECKLESSNESS OF CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS.

THE FECKLESSNESS OF CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS. Garance, Matt and zuzu have already amply demonstrated the bad faith, distortions, and selective evidence of the latest manifestation of Christina Hoff Sommers's feeble "American feminists don't care about the suppression of Islamic women" routine.

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