Why Did Legal Elites Underestimate the Case Against the Mandate?

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That's the title of Jonathan Adler's insightful post over at the Volokh Conspiracy. It begins this way: Greg Sargent is one of many commentators wondering “How did legal observers and Obamacare backers get it so wrong?” I think he’s asking the wrong question.  A better question to ask is: why did so many expect legal elites to have any particular insight into the current court?  After  all, many of the legal experts who were so dismissive of the arguments against the mandate were equally dismiss … [Read more...]

Newt Gingrich, Redemption, and the Presidency

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's are some excerpts: In 2009, Gingrich was received into the Catholic Church, the faith of his third wife, Callista Bisek. Because Catholic conversion requires the sacrament of confession, Gingrich has been absolved of his sins. This, of course, suggests to many, including me, that one cannot evaluate Gingrich’s candidacy and character without taking his conversion seriously. It is a mistake for Christians to emulate the world … [Read more...]

Today would have been William F. Buckley, Jr.’s 85th birthday

His work had a big impact on my life. Here is an excerpt from my book, Return to Rome, in which I discuss Bill Buckley's influence: Probably my most memorable encounter at UNLV occurred in 1996 and involved another Roman Catholic intellectual. The conservative writer and thinker, William F. Buckley Jr., was at UNLV for a debate with John Kenneth Galbraith, the economist with whom he debated numerous times. Mr. Buckley was the founder of the magazine National Review, to which I had subscribed duri … [Read more...]

My conservative journey on a liberal road; an excerpt from Return to Rome

Jonah Goldberg of the National Review just published an edited volume, Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation (Harper, 2010). It consists of 22 chapters by young conservatives telling their stories about why they tilt right. I have not read the book, but the names of some of the contributors I know well, including the insightful Matthew Lee Anderson of Mere Orthodoxy.There was a time when I was a young conservative. (I turn 50 in two weeks). In my book, Return to Rome: … [Read more...]

What the Tea Party Movement believes, parts 1 and 2

I found these videos to be clear and compelling. … [Read more...]


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