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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THE TROJAN HOLOCAUST

THE TROJAN HOLOCAUST . Like Matt , I wholeheartedly agree that pro-lifers should be more explicit about the extent to which pro-life arguments tend to be embedded within (and derived from) reactionary conceptions of sexuality. Someone taking this advice has been Zell Miller , who recently opined that America has too few children because of "the brutal truth that no one dares to mention: We�re too few because too many of our babies have been killed. Over 45 million since Roe v. Wade in 1973." My question: if the problem is too few babies, why is he discussing abortion rather than the real enemy, birth control? If abortion is evil on this basis, then contraception is extra-super-duper-evil. The logic of this (rather common) pro-life position -- along with its even more idiotic twin , the "how would you have liked to have been aborted" argument (and what if your mother had been wearing a diaphragm the night you were conceived? Ban them!) -- does link anti-abortion policy ineluctably with...

THE MCCAIN PARADOX.

THE MCCAIN PARADOX. To take another quote from Matt 's article , he's right that Maverick McStraightTalk John McCain " has the misfortune of being both the most conservative candidate in the race and the one most hated by conservatives." It's quite strange, and is one of the ways in which the Bush personality cult will hurt the GOP going forward. It seems to me that Ramesh Ponnuru is being completely rational in his positive "second look" at McCain in National Review . For someone who cares about policy rather than sticking it to liberals, has strong cultural conservative commitments (especially on abortion, where, whatever his bizarre liberal glee club would prefer to think, McCain's pro-criminalization record is as staunch as can be ), and for whom fiscal conservatism is about something other than upper-class tax cuts (that will be temporary because of huge deficits), McCain is a perfectly respectable conservative, and certainly infinitely preferable to Giuliani or Romney . But he...

AFTER ROE? Jessie...

AFTER ROE ? Jessie Hill has an interesting three - part series about potentially overturning Roe at PrawfsBlawg. [HT: Volokh Conspiracy .] The long version of what I have to say on the issue can be found in my article last summer in TAP here and my reply to Benjamin Wittes -type "letting Roe go will be good for reproductive freedom" arguments here . To give the short version: The starting point for any discussion for the consequences of changing abortion law, I think, has to be the law on the ground, not the law in the books. The pre- Roe status quo ante was not that no women could get abortions, but because of arbitrary enforcement patterns affluent women had access to safe abortions and other women did not. What is at stake in abortion rights is whether poor women will have access to safe abortions. I think Hill is correct that Roe is safe for now -- there are still five votes on the record for affirming it. Even if Republicans get another appointment to replace Stevens or Ginsburg...

IRRATIONAL HATRED OF UNIONS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLE.

IRRATIONAL HATRED OF UNIONS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLE. Recently, Mark Kleiman noted , against Mickey Kaus 's frequent contention that busting teacher's unions that prevent school boards from replacing bad teachers with the immense pool of brilliant teachers just waiting to be freed from odious tenure protections is the key to improving America's education system, that 1) states that don't have strong teacher's unions don't have particularly good educational outcomes, and 2) while it's a difficult social science problem, the systematic evidence that having non-union teaching improved education is scant to non-existent. This led Kleiman to ask: "[w]ill he 'fess up to the fact that, like Bill Bennett , he'd much rather smash the unions than improve the schools?" Well, glad we've cleared that up . Kaus's bizarre advice to Barack Obama reminds us again that he really does think that bashing unions -- indeed, bashing all core Democratic constituencies -- is a good in and of itself. My...

HOW DARE YOU SHOW THE EFFECTS OF MY POLICIES!

HOW DARE YOU SHOW THE EFFECTS OF MY POLICIES! I've been looking forward to this since Friday: Something I didn't photograph, but wished I did: Nation magazine writer Max Blumenthal queued up to get a book signed by Michelle Malkin . When he reached her, however, he didn't produce a book. He produced this photo and asked her to sign it. According to Blumenthal, Malkin got so angry she left the table; video that can prove or disprove this telling should be posted on Monday. And, sure enough, the video's here : For some reason, Malkin is almost as ashamed as pictures of the race-based concentration camps she wrote an entire book defending as some Young Republicans are of their Confederate flag lapels ("What's wrong with the Confederacy?"). There are many more classic comments within; I particularly enjoyed the David Horowitz -- David Horowitz! -- claim that The Left is driven by "anger and resentment." Great work by Blumenthal. -- Scott Lemieux

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