How Not to Get a Book Published

Given how much I’ve recently thought about how hard it is to get a book published, I considered writing a book called “How Not to Get a Book Published.” But that seemed fraught with contradiction: If the book actually was published, it would undercut its whole premise and render it useless. If it wasn’t published, […]

How a Bill Does Not Become a Law: An activist Dane County court has brashly upended the rules of lawmaking

Every two years, the Wisconsin Assembly issues an activity book for schoolchildren. The book includes a cartoon called “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” which details the happy life of an ebullient piece of legislation named Bill. Bill leads a simple life — all he wants to do is one day earn the governor’s signature […]

Que Pasa Republicano? To win again, the GOP needs to appeal to Hispanics

Following the 2012 presidential election, pundits of all stripes began appealing to retroactive prescience to explain what cost Mitt Romney the presidency. Whatever their pet issue, it suddenly became the reason Romney blew it — the Republican “war on women,” climate change denial, etc. Members of the Star Wars fan club thought Romneygot hammered because […]

Political Misdirection: Candidates sometimes reveal more about themselves than they’d like

An old Democratic campaign manager once revealed to me the key to successful public relations: “The more liberal your candidate, the bigger the American flag has to be on his bumper.” It’s a simple illustration of how candidates are free to write their own narrative, no matter the facts. As George Armstrong Custer once said, […]