From THE HILL
Confirmation battles that pit one party’s nominee for federal office against senators from the opposition party long have been spectator sport in Washington. But when extremists from the nominee’s own party attack, well now, there’s a “man bites dog” story.
The most recent example is the curious case of Kenneth L. Marcus, President Trump’s nominee to be assistant secretary of education for civil rights. The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights is charged with ensuring equal access to education through enforcement of the nation’s civil rights laws.
Marcus is well-suited to the task. He ran the same office under a grant of delegated authority in the administration President George W. Bush, while simultaneously serving as deputy assistant secretary of education for civil rights enforcement. Marcus later served as the staff director to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (a bipartisan federal civil rights agency), where we overlapped for several years when I was one of USCCR’s eight commissioners. Currently, Marcus is president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center, a civil rights organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism on college campuses.read more
New Boston Post | November 11, 2016, 9:12 EST On February 26, 2016, I wrote a public cautionary note to my liberal friends, warning them to to take Donald Trump seriously and predicting that, if nominated, Trump would beat Hillary Clinton in November. Below is that...read more
New Boston Post | April 7, 2016, 14:57 EST Ted Cruz’s decisive victory in Wisconsin over Donald Trump now makes the possibility of a contested convention, once dismissed as remote by many commentators (myself included), ever more likely. To clinch the Republican...read more
New Boston Post | February 22, 2016, 11:58 EST With Donald Trump’s spectacular win in South Carolina and his massive popularity here in the Bay State, I am starting to believe that Republicans might actually nominate this guy. Back in the summer, I scoffed at the...read more
New Boston Post | February 19, 2016 One piece of advice my father always gave me was this: Never miss a funeral or a wedding. “It’s important to show up at these things,” he said, “And you will never regret going.” Apparently, this is not a lesson that was ever taught...read more
New Boston Post | February 11, 2016 New Hampshire has spoken. In voting for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, Granite State Republicans and Democrats sent a clear anti-establishment message. Although the anger on both sides of the political aisle is targeted...read more
New Boston Post | February 9, 2016, 10:22 EST Almost every American journalist covering the 2016 presidential campaign will vote in this election. And, by now, almost all have decided whom they will support. Journalists at other new outlets won’t tell you where they...read more
Bill Clinton once said that the difference between a Democratic presidential primary and a Republican one is that “Democrats want to fall in love. Republicans just fall in line.” Clinton may have been correct about the way that primary voters in the two parties have...read more
New Boston Post | January 11, 2016 Readers of this blog may be familiar with my Rock, Paper, Scissors theory of modern electoral politics, in which Beer Candidates beat Technocrats; Technocrats beat Careerists; and Visionaries beat practically anyone. The theory is...read more
New Boston Post | January 4, 2016 2016 is finally here. And, although much can change between now and the Iowa caucuses (February 1) and New Hampshire primary (February 9), below are eight political predictions based on presidential campaign history and the current...read more
“Advocates for ‘change’ are, inevitably, frustrated with our deliberately inefficient government. And so when they do not get their way, they complain that the system is ‘broken.’ But it is not. This is how it is supposed to work. Gridlock prevents the majority from running roughshod over the minority. Gridlock ensures that dissenting voices are heard. Gridlock forces compromise — often painful compromise, but compromise nonetheless”