Why Wendy Davis Was a Disastrous Texas Gubernatorial Candidate

Ross Douthat: . . . It should be said, and many people are saying it, that Davis and her team ran a poorer-than-expected campaign overall, and that the allegedly-brilliant team running the Democrats’ new Texas ground game were not in fact so brilliant. But the more important issue, surely, is that the Democrats decided that it made …

Math Isn’t That Hard

Jonathan Chait and I may not agree on much when it comes to politics, but we do agree on something when it comes to mathematics--namely, that the laws of arithmetic are immutable. So, when Jenny Kutner, a Salon writer, tries desperately to pretend that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis did not lose the women's vote--even …

At Long Last, a Better Brad DeLong

Be sure to read this post by Brad DeLong on why we shouldn't worry about an Ebola epidemic, and why we should be tremendously displeased by our failure to stop Ebola in its tracks when we had a chance. DeLong's post is measured, reasoned, intelligent, informed, and exceedingly well-written. Credit where it is due; it adds …

The New York Times Editorial Page Reluctantly Accepts Facts

We should all be aware of the fact that the New York Times editorial page hates, hates, hates Rick Perry. In the event that there is any doubt, the Times editors go out of their way to make their hatred plain and clear to even the most obtuse by stating that Perry "is one of …

Why Rick Perry’s Indictment Appears to Be Bogus on First, Second, Third, Fourth and Even Fifth Glance

Eugene Volokh explains that there is reason to believe the statute under which Rick Perry was indicted is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. As the title of this blog post indicates, I am certainly inclined to agree based on the facts and based on Professor Volokh's analysis. From the ruling in State v. Hanson, which is quoted in …

More Inconvenient Facts for Death Penalty Proponents

Like me. Behold: For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted that the authorities made no deals to secure the testimony of the jailhouse informer who told jurors that Willingham confessed the crime to him. Since Willingham was executed in 2004, officials have …

Yet Another Law Enforcement-Perpetrated Outrage

Don't know what civil asset forfeiture is? You do now: On a bright Thursday afternoon in 2007, Jennifer Boatright, a waitress at a Houston bar-and-grill, drove with her two young sons and her boyfriend, Ron Henderson, on U.S. 59 toward Linden, Henderson’s home town, near the Texas-Louisiana border. They made the trip every April, at …