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.

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NOT "FREE MARKET." JUST PRO-(REPUBLICAN DONOR) BUSINESS.

NOT "FREE MARKET." JUST PRO-(REPUBLICAN DONOR) BUSINESS. It's always useful when an issue comes along that causes a conflict between the GOP's nominal "free market" principles and its more frequently evident "pro business who give us lots of money" principles. Just as "pro-lifers" will virtually always choose the regulation of female sexuality over the protection of fetal life, such conflicts are almost always resolved in favor of the latter. Rick Perlstein provides a particularly striking example of this, noting that "The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease." In other words, in a case where market incentives are actually working to increase consumer safety, the administration wants to actively prevent small businesses from threatening the profits (and, horrors, increasing the safety records) of big business. Your modern Republican Party:as Rick sums it up, "state socialism in defense of Mad Cow." (See...

JUSTICE BRENNAN'S EVIL TWIN.

JUSTICE BRENNAN'S EVIL TWIN. The small band of people arguing that Sam Alito would be anything but a catastrophe for liberal constitutional values had very few arguments available to them, given the overwhelming evidence that he would be (including the extremely high esteem in which Alito is held by those who despise the achievements of the Warren and early Burger Courts.) One strategy, favored by Ann Althouse , was to assert that liberals "may discover that there are varieties of judicial conservatives, just as there are varieties of political conservatives, and that Samuel Alito is not Antonin Scalia " without citing a single area of law where Altio is likely to be more liberal than Scalia. (The reverse, conversely, is quite easy .) Obviously, this is not worth taking seriously. The other strategy -- favored by the likes of Akiba Covitz and Stuart Taylor -- was to claim that Alito would be to the left of Scalia because he was more "congenial" and less prone to the broad...

BETTER CHERRY-PICKED ANECDOTAL DATA PLEASE.

BETTER CHERRY-PICKED ANECDOTAL DATA PLEASE. I'm never inclined to buy arguments that make broad generalizations about the nature of (as opposed to specific arguments made by) "liberals" and "conservatives" in any case. But I had no doubt that Peter Berkowitz 's argument was unserious when he said that "Democrats instinctively want to repeal the Bush tax cuts, establish government supervised universal healthcare, and impose greater regulation on trade." Really, given the opportunity to cherry pick three issues on which liberals march in lockstep you're going to pick trade ? David Sirota and Bill Clinton have the same views about NAFTA? Really? As noted here , most of his other examples fare no better. In addition, on abortion he ignores the fact that the most powerful Democrat in Congress is pro-life, while no major Republican Congressional leader is pro-choice... despite the fact that the pro-choice position is the majority position. All Berkowitz proves is that it's easy to establish...

COURT PROTECTS GENDER DISCRIMINATION.

COURT PROTECTS GENDER DISCRIMINATION. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg notes , the evidence of gender discrimination in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear , decided today by the Supreme Court, is unambiguous: Lilly Ledbetter was a supervisor at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998. For most of those years, she worked as an area manager, a position largely occupied by men. Initially, Ledbetter’s salary was in line with the salaries of men performing substantially similar work. Over time, however, her pay slipped in comparison to the pay of male area managers with equal or less seniority. By the end of 1997, Ledbetter was the only woman working as an area manager and the pay discrepancy between Ledbetter and her 15 male counterparts was stark: Ledbetter was paid $3,727 per month; the lowest paid male area manager received $4,286 per month, the highest paid, $5,236. Despite this, and contrary to the judgment of the EEOC, the Court by a bare 5-...

AND DON'T KID YOURSELF, GROUCHO MARX WOULD TOTALLY SUPPORT UPPER-CLASS TAX CUTS.

AND DON'T KID YOURSELF, GROUCHO MARX WOULD TOTALLY SUPPORT UPPER-CLASS TAX CUTS. Memorial Day used to be the unofficial start of the summer movie season, although these days the start day keeps getting pushed back. But for those of you whose Memorial Day weekends involve watching one of the six or seven movies in constant rotation on Turner-owned cable networks, via Roy does Slate has some aesthetic Stalinism for you! According to Reihan Salam Fletch apparently isn't funny not because it's not funny but because...it's too liberal. This is in contrast with Animal House , which is funny because it's conservative, or at least not-liberal. Now, if a Republican Party in which cultural reactionaries have a de facto veto over Supreme Court nominees doesn't immediately cause you to think of Delta Tau Chi, keep in mind that "the boys in Animal House aren't, say, fighting tooth and nail for a living-wage ordinance." Oh. Now, you might be tempted to reply that Fletch didn't really seem to be...

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