The Language of a Ten Year Old

The Economist has an insightful article discussing the role of simple, repetitive language in Donald Trump’s success. Trump uses simple words, does not rely solely on canned stump speeches, and repeats himself often. These traits create the illusion of sincerity and help him make a more lasting impression with voters. However, Trump’s technique is less indicative…

The Supreme Court’s Decision on the Texas Abortion Restrictions

In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ recent abortion law. The Texas law required abortion clinics to meet the same regulatory standards as those of ambulatory surgical centers. It also required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Without context, all of this might not sound unreasonable. However, a…

Settle Down. Brexit Does Not Mean Trump Will Win

The world woke up to the surprising news that, despite polling indicating a narrow victory for the “Stay” vote, the British people voted  to leave the European Union. Today, there are many  people arguing that Brexit is a harbinger of Trump’s eventual election in the United States. The argument, which does sound persuasive at first glance, is…

The Sit-In Was a Mistake

After Republican leadership refused to hold a vote on proposed gun control measures yesterday, Democrats began an organized sit-in led by the civil rights icon, John Lewis. The Democrats’ rallying cry was “No bill,! No break!” which demonstrated their opposition to the House taking a recess until July 5 without holding a vote on the gun…

No, Republicans Are Not Selling Weapons to ISIS

Yesterday, Senator Chris Murphy said “We’ve got to make this clear, constant case that Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS.” Elizabeth Warren backed up Murphy’s claim: .@ChrisMurphyCT said it right: The @SenateGOP have decided to sell weapons to ISIS. — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 20, 2016 Come on. While I applaud Chris Murphy…

Trump Fires His Campaign Manager

Yesterday, Donald Trump fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Despite his experience on national campaigns, Lewandowski made himself quite famous as Trump’s campaign manager for all of the wrong reasons. Lewandowski famously grabbed a female reporter after a debate and was charged with misdemeanor assault. He also encouraged Trump to resist moderating his tone and…

Tragedy in Orlando 

Last night, Orlando was the victim of a horrible confluence of the worst of human failings. A man full of hate, bigotry and terror was able to obtain extremely deadly weapons and caused the worst mass shooting in American history.  Prudence is a rare virtue in times of tragedy but never more important. Our country…

The Campaigner in Chief

Today, President Obama announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Obama avoided making an endorsement during the primary but it is not hard to assume that he knows Clinton is the better candidate to cement the policies that will form his legacy. For that reason, Obama will be an active participant in this campaign. In modern times,…

Paul Ryan Willing to Overlook Donald Trump’s Racism

Yesterday, Paul Ryan called Donald Trump’s remarks about Judge Curiel “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” Yet, despite this condemnation, Ryan remains willing to support Trump. Ryan should be pressed on this point further because Americans should know just how much racism the Speaker finds tolerable in a president. Look, I get that Paul Ryan is in a tough spot…