The Power of the Vice Presidency

By Frank Blechman This coming week, presumptive Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden will announce his eagerly awaited selection for a running mate. The media and many political watchers will immediately analyze and interpret his pick as an indication of… Read More ›

Demon Seed

Few are likely to recall the statement by Rod Rosenstein, then Deputy Attorney General, in an October 26, 2017, radio interview in which he stated: “I don’t believe they’d [voters] be influenced by ads posted by foreign governments.” Naïve?  Perhaps.  … Read More ›

SCOTUS Betrayals

At a White House stag dinner in February 1954, while the Brown v. Board case was still under consideration (issued three months later), President Dwight D. Eisenhower took Earl Warren by the arm and asked him to consider the perspective of… Read More ›

Money: A Price of Democracy

By Frank Blechman If you have email, and if you have been involved in any way in electoral politics, you now receive many emails every day (I get 30-50/day, on average) saying something like: “The sky is falling.” “Can you… Read More ›

ABCs of Limiting the Electoral College

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from Vox.com, July 21, 2020. VoxFairfax has posted over a dozen articles on the Electoral College, the first at our launch on March 25, 2018. With less than 100 days until the next presidential election, anxious concerns about… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

JOHNNY REID EDWARDS Better known as John, Edwards served as US Senator from North Carolina from 1999-2005, gaining the Democratic nomination for Vice President in 2004 as well as pursuing the presidential candidacy the same year. In 2008, Edwards campaigned… Read More ›

Hollow, Stuffed GOP Leadership

Speaking to the Canadian Parliament in 1961, John F. Kennedy, attributing the words to Edmund Burke, said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Burke’s authorship has long been disputed and the… Read More ›

Where We Go One, We Go All

Between 1925 when Adolph Hitler was first rising in politics and 1933, when he was appointed chancellor of Germany, the nation had a population of between 62-65 million people. The US has a population 5 times greater than the Third… Read More ›

Trolling Polling

By Frank Blechman A weekly column is an invitation to preach. As a former teacher, I strongly feel the pull to lecture. Yet I like to think that for the most part, I have used these columns to share my… Read More ›

Is the Virginia GOP Doomed?

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from the Roanoke Times, July 8, 2020. When state Sen. Amanda Chase announced in February that she would seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2021, a senior Republican legislator put out an unusual statement: “Amanda just… Read More ›