Patterico's Pontifications


A Time for Choosing

Filed under: 2010 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 6:56 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Washington Post PostPolitics columnists Karen Tumulty and Paul Kane consider how the Republican Party will approach the November elections. Some consultants argue the best path is to make Democrats the issue. Others, like Newt Gingrich, say the consultants are wrong and ideas win elections. I’m with Newt, although I don’t see why the election can’t be about GOP ideas and wrong-headed Democratic policies.

What say you?


The Ruling Class vs the Country Class

Filed under: Government — DRJ @ 1:35 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

This American Spectator essay by Angelo M. Codevilla, a professor of international relations at Boston University and former U.S. foreign service officer, is a must read for every American. Codevilla defines America’s ruling class and country class and reviews the decisions we Americans have made that will decide our and our children’s futures.

Implicit in Codevilla’s essay is the following question: Will Americans choose to be governed by a ruling class or will we return to self-governance by the country class? I think most blue states have already chosen the ruling class with its comfortable promises and European-style goals. I pray most red states and especially my fellow Texans will choose the Country Party, but at this point I have little hope it will be enough.


Judge Keller Reprimanded

Filed under: Judiciary — DRJ @ 12:17 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct disregarded the findings of the hearing judge and reprimanded Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Chief Judge Sharon Keller for her actions in the “We Close at 5” death penalty case:

“The State Commission on Judicial Conduct declined to recommend that Keller be removed from office, instead issuing a “public warning” over her behavior in the case of convicted killer Michael Richard.”

Judge Keller’s attorney indicated she will challenge the Commission’s ruling in court.

Prior posts on this story are here, here and here.


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