Manufacturing a liberal majority is likely a prerequisite for preventing the Roberts Court from striking down unprecedented nonpartisan reforms.
Eric LevitzBy adding four liberal justices to the Supreme Court shortly after taking power, a unified Democratic government would create the necessary preconditions for a bipartisan settlement on the judiciary (if you're into that sort of thing)
In recent days, the GOP has done more to radicalize moderate Democrats on judicial issues than progressives ever could.
Eric LevitzKavanaugh argued Monday that the Wisconsin GOP's opposition to counting ballots that arrive after November 3 (due to mail delays) is motivated by a legitimate desire to determine a clear winner as expeditiously as possible.
That is plainly untrue:
The president spent his last 90 minutes of free airtime advertising his lack of empathy and opposition to the minimum wage.
Eric LevitzOn Thursday night, Trump defended his administration orphaning 545 immigrant children by emphasizing how clean their facilities were on the day of a photo-op.
This is one of several reasons he did not win the debate.
As Trump fades, Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from the president — by advertising economic priorities even more unpopular than his.
Eric LevitzAs Donald Trump’s odds of reelection steadily erode, Senate Republicans are pivoting to a new campaign strategy: promising voters that they will serve as a check on Joe Biden’s attempts to save the country from a depression.
In Georgia and Arizona, conservatives have already done what they denounce Democrats for even contemplating.
Eric LevitzRepublicans could argue that expanding a state supreme court — and packing the federal one — are radically different things, and thus, that their divergent views on the propriety of each are rooted in apolitical principles.
But I wish they wouldn’t bother
A new dataset shared exclusively with "Axios on HBO" suggests the real jobless rate is 26%.
Eric Levitz"A person who is looking for a full-time job that pays a living wage — but who can't find one — is unemployed. If you accept that definition, the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is a stunning 26.1%"
McConnell can afford to walk away from COVID relief because the Senate’s partisan skew tightly limits how many seats his party can lose.
Eric LevitzThe Senate's pro-GOP bias doesn't just hurt Democrats. It also deforms the GOP by enabling it to do things like, say, "sabotage the economy one month before Election Day to appease big donors" *without* placing itself out of contention for federal power. nymag.com/intelligencer/…pic.twitter.com/XfyOpovPlu
Eric LevitzThe problem with the Senate's pro-GOP bias is not merely that it disempowers Democrats. The problem is also that it enables the Senate GOP to ignore public opinion — and betray the material interests of its own voters — without ever falling from power.
Eric LevitzElite Republicans have trouble accepting that they cannot purchase a reprieve from this pandemic — in part because a foundational premise of the elite Republican worldview is that the wealthy can always buy immunity from whatever befalls the herd.