25 April 2016

A More Informative Slate , week of April 24

 
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12 April 2016

Deray Mckesson's Bid for the Mayorship of Baltimore

Far-travelled, all our pilgrim paths redound
To one same glory, by CV unbound;

Forsaking 'real jobs' and risking much,
I learned that grace proceeds in shady paths.
You too will gain a crown of life unmarred,
Because you strove t'attain a higher good --
Against the math of systems in decline,
You brought out conscience and its upright line --
It matters not the outcome of one day,
When patronizing eyes our prospects slay.
The cause is juster when the young go in,
unsettling older sages with a vest,
or spurning that old guard by power caressed.





04 April 2016

1.  The Administration's strategy of denial re:  Judge Garland is patently ridiculous, and when historians look back on the Obama years this will be one of the most difficult things to explain.  When you are faced with unprecedented obstruction, you are being given carte blanche to do the unprecedented yourself and make a recess appointment.  (This could have been done as early as March 21, when a two-week "State Work Period" Senate recess began).

2.  In a somewhat related vein, looks like at least one Democratic candidate has earned grudging praise from Trent Lott.  The Palladium of Bipartisanship (copyright 1994, Newt Gingrich) often goes to the most unlikely of competitors.