The Fallout: Does Boehner’s Absence Change Anything?

September 25, 2015
Speaker John Boehner finally succumbed to the three-year pressure campaign waged by House conservatives. As politically weak as Boehner was in his conference, he was never going to be forced… Read More

How John Boehner would Lose his Job: He Chooses to.

September 24, 2015
This is the week Speaker John Boehner will supposedly face a vote to remove him from the speakership on the House floor. Don’t buy the hype. Amid multiple headlines claiming… Read More

Conservatives’ Playcalling: Hail Mary… Repeat.

September 16, 2015
(Hail Mary, noun, 2. (FOOTBALL) a very long, typically unsuccessful pass made in a desperate attempt to score late in the game.) It appears Speaker Boehner may have another… Read More

Why the House is to blame for the Senate’s polarization

September 14, 2015
In the American political lexicon, the Senate is said to possess “coolness” and “wisdom.”  Words like “decorum,” “comity,” and “respect” are frequently used to describe the institution as well.  In… Read More

Will the Senate Go Nuclear Again?

July 27, 2015
Put this in the “it’s not really nuclear” category. Despite several accounts reporting that Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) plans to go nuclear, don’t believe the headlines. That said this is… Read More

Left or Right? Who’s further from the middle?

May 28, 2015
Polarization is commonplace in American politics. Both parties are moving away from the middle. The debate often boils down to who is polarizing the most/fastest. New York Times opinion writer Peter… Read More

Political parties are often too convenient an explanation

April 28, 2015
Teagan Goddard asked the question, can politics be “unbundled” from political parties? In other words, if there is a market where we can unbundle phone and internet service, why… Read More

The budget rule is uncommon but (small ‘d’) democratic

March 25, 2015
The House budget proposal is being brought to the floor under an uncommon rule called the queen-of-the-hill. It’s being framed as quirky, odd and, at times, a signal of Republican… Read More

House process quick hit: Overthrowing the Speaker.

February 28, 2015
As rumors swirl and fade about Boehner’s removal from the speakership, it’s a good time to clarify a few things about House process and its history. No speaker has… Read More

Quick process hit: Senate will vote on a clean DHS bill. Why that looked likely last Monday.

February 25, 2015
Today Senate Republicans are moving forward on the inevitable. They will vote on a clean DHS funding bill with no immigration riders attached. With time running out they struck a deal… Read More