Andrew Rudalevige


What’s the Real Power of the Bully Pulpit?

Most denizens of the political science blogosphere will know by now of the recent punditry doing violence to what political science knows about presidential success in Congress. First CQ’s David Hawkins, in his usually astute blog, declaimed that “the Obama charm offensive is starting to pay legislative dividends,” citing the 68 Senators who voted to… Read more »

The Presidential Charm Offensive

The president’s dinner with Senate Republicans, not to mention lunch with Paul Ryan, has prompted mostly complimentary coverage on his efforts to press the “re-set” button with congressional Republicans. Wonkbook even headlined its set of links to that coverage with the I-think-mostly-nonsardonic query “Is Washington suddenly working again?” In that vein, Ezra Klein rightly points… Read more »

A Bigger Drones Club?

Former Office of Legal Counsel head and Harvard Law professor Jack Goldsmith adds a useful wrinkle to the drone debate in his discussion of House Intelligence chair Mike Rogers’s appearance on Face the Nation this weekend. On the face of it, at least, Rogers noted several important things about the drone program: The ancestry of… Read more »

Drone Links

John Brennan’s confirmation hearing started, complete with early protesters being ejected from the hearing room, this afternoon. The protesters, of course, are a physical manifestation of the explosion in the scholarly blogosphere with regards to the release of the Obama administration’s legal justification of the president’s ability to order lethal drone strikes, even against American… Read more »

Recess is Over?

You will recall that in January 2012, President Obama named Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three new members to the National Labor Relations Board, all by recess appointment. The catch was that the Senate was not in recess—or at least said it wasn’t. Since 2007, originally in response to George… Read more »