Elected for life

It is no secret that incumbents have a huge advantage when it comes to reelection. From name recognition and the ability to provide constituent services, to access to larger war chests and the electorate’s tendency to stay with the “devil you know,” it is a rare thing for an incumbent to lose a reelection bid. …

Freedom of speech?

Freedom of speech is perhaps the most valuable thing most Americans possess. It was no accident that our Founding Fathers made it the First Amendment of the Constitution. Though our freedom to speak our minds has been largely unrestricted, certain speech has been generally accepted as not protected, for example the right to yell fire …

It’s the economy, stupid

Tuesday’s surprise defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts special Senate election has many Democrats scratching their heads and pointing fingers, and has Republicans jumping for joy. Republican Scott Brown’s victory strips Democrats of their filibuster-proof majority, and throws the entire health care bill into jeopardy. But, despite the wild speculation on the part …

Waiting, and waiting, and waiting. And then waiting some more

The Washington Post reported today that the crush of those seeking public services has so far exceeded the district’s ability to process applications that some have been forced to spend day after day waiting in line. It is a far cry from the near mob scene in Detroit last October, when thousands of people descended …