Please explain why it’s a bad thing that (old, uncool) voters who actually vote support Hillary Clinton?

UPDATED 8:05 A.M. MST to remind you to VOTE or caucus today if you live in a Super Tuesday state or U.S. territory! Froma Harrop makes a great point today in a column that ran in the Denver Post this morning: The question for progressives is: What happens to [Bernie Sanders’]  passionate followers in the … Continue reading Please explain why it’s a bad thing that (old, uncool) voters who actually vote support Hillary Clinton?

History’s Greatest Monster wins with support of every Dem in South Carolina except white men.

Hillary Clinton had a big win last night. Even the professional Bernie Sanders-fluffers over at MSNBC had to admit it.  It turns out that white men might as well have not showed up to vote!  (And the younger ones didn’t.  Is that why Sanders fans are so dismissive of Clinton voters and our preferences?  Because … Continue reading History’s Greatest Monster wins with support of every Dem in South Carolina except white men.

Women and politics: the REALLY longue durée

Let’s settle in for  a nice, long story, shall we? Globally in the historical era–the past 7,000 or so years of recorded history, that is–politics and leadership has traditionally been gendered male, and power has also usually descended genealogically through patriarchal lines. (Except in cases of military conquest or revolution, when it has been seized … Continue reading Women and politics: the REALLY longue durée

Paul Harvey on the recent Colorado Springs mass-murder: “We will all have another chance to pay obeisance to the God that we are all compelled, willingly or not, to worship.”

Today’s post was written at my invitation by Paul Harvey, Professor of History and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  Among many other titles in the history of evangelical Protestantism in the American South, most recently he is the author most recently of Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South and … Continue reading Paul Harvey on the recent Colorado Springs mass-murder: “We will all have another chance to pay obeisance to the God that we are all compelled, willingly or not, to worship.”

Was the American Revolution a mistake? Reflections from the true North strong and free.

While I was buying a ticket Saturday afternoon to tour the archaeological dig of Chateau St. Louis, the remains of the original fort and governors’ houses in Québec City, I was wished a “bonne fête” (happy holiday).  The Parks Canada employee had to remind me that “c’est le quatre Juillet!” (“it’s the Fourth of July!”) … Continue reading Was the American Revolution a mistake? Reflections from the true North strong and free.

Stop telling Notorious R.B.G. to step away from the bench.

This Sunday morning, I snapped open my copy of the Los Angeles Times to see yet another “everyone says [U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice] Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire ZOMG now now NOW!!!!” story. (The online version of the story’s headline today says “she has no plans to retire soon,” but the headline of the … Continue reading Stop telling Notorious R.B.G. to step away from the bench.