Over at Post Partisan today, I made the full case that it was South Carolina -- and not, as Nate Silver says, Michigan -- that turned off the lights on GOP WH 2012.
And at Plum Line, I have some fun with the Jerry Smith flap -- you know, the 5th Circuit Judge who flipped out in court over Barack Obama's relatively mild challenge to the Supremes over ACA. Mainly, reminding everyone that Republicans currently are advocating something really outrageous in attempting to strip jurisdiction from the courts on issue where they expect to lose. I should note that since that one went up, TPM's Brian Beutler and Sahil Kapur have a piece up noting that many conservatives have disapproved of what Smith did. So, you know, good for them.
I'm really just fine with judges as political actors -- they really are whether they think of themselves that way or not, and so I'm not upset by judges acting in partisan ways. However, there are norms that should constrain them to act as partisan judges, and not as if they were some yahoo who learned everything they knew from Rush Limbaugh's radio show.