Category: Mark’s Hill Column

McConnell’s specious argument against federal voting laws

In his long, largely unprincipled pursuit of power at any price, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has proved particularly adept at inventing constitutional principles and American history from whole cloth. So it was when McConnell fabricated the claim that the Senate didn’t confirm Supreme Court nominees in presidential election years; and so it is today, when

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Trump voters cling to 2020 tale

While most Americans rightly see Joe Biden as the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election, time, facts and evidence have done little to shift the attitudes of Trump voters who stubbornly cling to the fantasy that their candidate actually won. In Arizona, for example, a poll my firm completed at the end of May found just

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Evidence and experts or common sense

In our hyperpolarized society, the left can’t talk to the right and the right can’t talk to the left. Liberals and conservatives hold different values, worship different heroes, abhor different villains, respond to different vocabulary, trust different sources of information and tell different stories about the world, and their experience in it. The gulf is

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The systemic racism in voting

You want evidence of systemic racism? Black Americans have to overcome significantly higher barriers to voting than whites. Black people are forced to wait in considerably longer lines to cast their ballots than white people. Whatever the views or intent of individuals, the system is producing an outcome that is both racially biased and highly

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Changing pandemic politics

In the past hundred years, two particularly deadly pandemics plagued America. Comparing them offers some important lessons about our changed politics. Though it may have started in the U.S., the “Spanish flu” of 1918 killed about 675,000 Americans and some 50 million worldwide. COVID-19 has, so far, taken the lives of more than 580,000 Americans

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Is the era of government back?

Like most Americans, and nearly everyone on my side of the partisan divide, I’m thrilled with the agenda President Biden has laid out and pleased with the high levels of public support it has generated. Support for his COVID-19 relief bill ranged from 61 percent to 78 percent, depending on the poll, with many surveys showing 70

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Biden’s approval & polling’s problems

With President Biden reaching the 100-day mark, pollsters are back on the prowl attempting to discern public reaction to his performance. Assessments appear contradictory. Slate told us “Biden’s 100-Day Approval Rating Is Better Than Trump’s, but Third-Worst Since Truman.” Not sounding very strong. NBC sounded a rather different note, “At 100 days, Biden’s approval remains strong.” ABC

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Who’s most underrepresented in Congress?

What segment of American society is most underrepresented in Congress? Guess. Minorities? Black Americans comprise 11 percent of the Congress and 13 percent of the population, for 2 points of underrepresentation. Latinos more so. They are about 9 percent of Congress, but nearly 19 percent of the population — a gap of some 10 percentage

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McConnell blasts big business stands

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) diatribe against big business could spawn volumes of analysis. The text tells many tales: the frayed coalition between the board room and the pick-up truck, hypocrisy, and more. What struck me most was the fundamental inaccuracy of nearly every assertion and premise on which McConnell built his remarks. Start with

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The GOP’s continuing Donald Trump problem

Donald Trump isn’t finished inflicting pain on the Republican Party. Republicans’ unwillingness to deal with their Trump problem, as late as his second impeachment, could well cost them dearly in 2022 and beyond. My Republican colleague, and Trump pollster, Tony Fabrizio, racks up the data that should be scaring the daylights out his fellow travelers.

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