Red Fish, Blue Fish

Acceptable definitions of the term red herring tend to be consistent and provide the following: A reference that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important question asserting a logical fallacy or an insinuation that leads toward a false conclusion…. Read More ›

Redistricting Postmortem

The Virginia Supreme Court announced the conclusion of its consideration of redistricting maps for the Commonwealth, terminating an unsuccessful episode of political cartography by the Virginia Redistricting Commission. Thus, the state may now enjoy (or curse) the judiciary’s result for… Read More ›

Democraphobia Redux

1 The Founding Fathers feared direct democracy as “mob rule” and crafted safety valves into the Constitution to ensure that rabble-led political forces did not consume the new central government or its state constituents. Notably, the electoral college process and… Read More ›

ICYMI………….December 27, 1845

1 One hundred seventy-six years ago today, John Louis O’Sullivan, a journalist, coined the term “manifest destiny” to justify annexation of the Texas and Oregon territories by the United States. O’Sullivan was a native New Yorker, educated at Columbia University… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

NEWTON LEROY “NEWT” GINGRICH Born in Harrisburg, Penn., in 1943, Newt Gingrich, a former history professor, writer, and documentarian, now 78 and living in McLean, Va., was quite the talk of Washington in his day. He earned a BA in… Read More ›

Banana Republic USA

William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, had moved to New York City in 1902. A year earlier in a short story, Porter coined the phrase “banana republic” to describe a fictional Central American nation called Costaragua. In 1904,… Read More ›