D.R. Tucker

In The Zone II

Who gained from the US Supreme Court’s ruling in McCullen v. Coakley? As the Boston Globe notes, the answer is: absolute wingnuts. For the first time in seven years, the Saturday morning antiabortion protest in front of Planned Parenthood on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay pushed past the arcing yellow line that once marked… Read more »

This Is What A Climate Hawk Looks Like

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) at the 2014 Citizens Climate Lobby conference, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 24, 2014. For those who aren’t ready for Hillary, perhaps there should be an effort to draft Whitehouse for the White House?

(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue

I hope MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry apologizes for the unintentionally hilarious segment on her program today regarding the prospects of the GOP wooing African-American voters in the wake of Senator Thad Cochran’s GOP primary victory in Mississippi: Perhaps Harris-Perry should have extended an invitation to the notorious former National Review columnist John Derbyshire, who wrote in… Read more »

In the Zone

I guess we should be thankful for a relatively civil conversation about abortion rights in the wake of the bizarre US Supreme Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley. This comes to us from Boston’s PBS affiliate, WGBH, on June 26: Of course, this discussion raises two questions: 1) How do these advocates of “alternatives to… Read more »

Straight Talk

Who should win a contest between logic and perceived solidarity? Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) argues for the former value, and he has a good point: The campaign for Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District has received a significant amount of national attention this cycle, in large part because Richard Tisei, the challenger in the race, could… Read more »