Super Committee Agrees On One Thing: John Kerry Talks Too Much

January 19, 2012
A little bit of super committee satire courtsey of  My favorite part: “Look, I like John. He’s a friend, but when you get him talking about government spending… Read More

Quick Hit: Jonathan Bernstein’s Foresight

December 20, 2011
Reading through some old posts I came across Jonathan Bernstein’s TNR article from 12/2 aptly titled “Yes, Newt’s Up in the Polls. No, You Shouldn’t Take His Candidacy Seriously.” The… Read More

Record Your Thoughts on the Super Committee

November 20, 2011
I’m going to try out a feature of our blog: polling.  So, what’s the collective wisdom in the blogosphere on the deficit reduction committee’s chances of success? [polldaddy poll=5686933]… Read More

Congressional Jargon

November 14, 2011
As a blog about Congress we’d be remiss if we didn’t link to Matt Glassman’s Congressional jargon post. It’s a fun look at the lingo on Capitol Hill. Read More

Herman Cain’s Information Minister

November 7, 2011
The Cain campaign’s official response here.  May the memory of Baghdad Bob never die. Read More

The Senate Rule Change Was “A Return To Order”

October 11, 2011
Harry Reid published an op-ed in today’s Washington Post defending last week’s change in Senate precedent.  He begins his essay by arguing–like I did in the immediate aftermath of the… Read More

Steve Smith on “What Happened in the Senate Last Night”

October 7, 2011
I posed a few questions about the specific procedures that governed last night’s supposed nuclear meltdown in the Senate.  Steve Smith, the Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science at Washington University in… Read More

Using the Nuclear Option to Limit Post-Cloture Obstructionism, Not Deliberation

October 6, 2011
Talking Points Memo has the most cogent explanation of what happened tonight regarding the s0-called nuclear option (edit: see also Sarah Binder’s post at TMC).  I’m too tired… Read More

Politics and Football II: The Sequel

October 6, 2011
As you’ve probably heard, the country singer and prospective Senatorial candidate (TN) Hank Williams, Jr. made some pretty absurd comments comparing President Obama to Hitler on Monday. … Read More

Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Why So Much Stability?

September 29, 2011
Regular readers of the blog will recall that we are drafting a semi-regular series that codifies some of the foundational tenets of new institutionalism.  This is our contribution… Read More