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

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. Obviously, Giuliani 's authoritarianism is going to become more and more manifest because it's his only possible route to victory. I still think that when Rudy goes to the GOP primary markets to realize his soul he'll find what he needs he just doesn't have --his competitors will be able to offer pointless wars and arbitrary executive power without being dragged down by a rational position on the abortion issue--but certainly the dynamic he's going to bring to the race is going to be bad for the country and (I hope) for the Republican Party. On the other hand, I think the Sexiest Torturer Alive 's proposal (already K-Lo -approved !) to "double Gitmo" has considerably more merit to it. Oh, he doesn't mean that it should be doubled to accommodate all the Bush administration officials and...

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. And, of course, American feminists are in a no-win situation. One might have thought that Katha Pollitt -- who writes a great deal about the suppression of Islamic women and is a columnist for the largest-circulation liberal political magazine -- might have merited Sommers's attention, although of course she didn't. But you may recall Ana Marie Cox 's regrettable review of Pollitt's latest book , in which Cox sighed that Pollitt was "fixated" on women's rights in the Middle East. You can't win. In addition, I thought J. Goodrich also made a good point in comments : Sommers is a a very fascinating example of someone who has not herself written a long book about the situation of women in Islamic...

HAWKS STICKING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND (OF IRAQ).

HAWKS STICKING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND (OF IRAQ). Ezra reminds us of one of the more bizarre manifestations of pro- Bush 's-war liberalism, Paul Berman 's attempt to fit Islamic terrorism seamlessly into the WWII and/or Cold War models of conflict, as a fight waged against totalitarianism. A year later, sometime TAP contributor Stephen Holmes offered the definitive rebuttal of this argument in his elegy for "the 1990s liberal hawk, by no means destined to survive the blast furnace of Iraq." Particularly important, looking forward, is Holmes' point that conflating Islamic terrorism with Nazism and Stalinism is not merely a bad analogy (for one thing, these movements controlled actual states with powerful militaries, a rather crucial distinction). Such a framework does not reflect tough-mindedness but rather is a comforting narrative intended to make the problems faced by liberal democracies in the 21st century appear more tractable: His analogies, first of all, are tendentious to an...

VOTE FRAUD FRAUD UPDATE.

VOTE FRAUD FRAUD UPDATE. New evidence suggests that the failure of U.S. Attorneys to pursue bogus vote fraud changes was an even bigger factor in the DOJ's political purge than was previously known: Nearly half the U.S. attorneys slated for removal by the administration last year were targets of Republican complaints that they were lax on voter fraud, including efforts by presidential adviser Karl Rove to encourage more prosecutions of election- law violations, according to new documents and interviews. Of the 12 U.S. attorneys known to have been dismissed or considered for removal last year, five were identified by Rove or other administration officials as working in districts that were trouble spots for voter fraud -- Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee; New Mexico; Nevada; and Washington state. Four of the five prosecutors in those districts were dismissed. It has been clear for months that the administration's eagerness to launch voter-fraud prosecutions played a role in some of the...

COUNTERMOBILIZATION NOTES.

COUNTERMOBILIZATION NOTES. Charles Krauthammer , taking one of the laziest column ideas off the shelf, is the umpteenth nominally pro-choice wealthy male columnist to argue that Roe should be overturned and that this would end most of the conflict about abortion in the United States. The problem with his argument is that there isn't the slightest reason to believe that it's true . Matt deals with some of the obvious problems; a few more points, some in response to his commenters: One of Matt's commenters brings up the often-told myth that Ruth Bader Ginsburg actually agrees with Krauthammer, but this is very misleading. Ginsburg's argument isn't that the Court shouldn't have reached the outcome it did in Roe , but that it should have waited until gender equality jurisprudence was better developed to rest on those grounds. Even this much different argument, however, is also almost certainly wrong; it wouldn't make any difference to the public what grounds the Court used to reach its...

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