Public apathy over a presidential impeachment led to despair and soul-searching in the party that had pursued it. The recovery period turned out to be swifter than anticipated.
Jay Michaelson is the legal affairs columnist at The Daily Beast. He primarily covers law, religion, sexuality, and environmental issues, with an occasional arts review now and then. Jay often appears on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and other outlets, and has a second career as a rabbi and meditation teacher. He holds a J.D. from Yale and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, and his six books include the bestselling God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality and The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path.
Impeachment is an indictment, not a trial.
While most eyes are elsewhere, religious conservatives probably won a huge victory at the Supreme Court Wednesday.
The ERA ratification may be invalid and symbolic, but that won’t stop social conservatives from dying on a hill to oppose it.
Political corruption is not necessarily a crime, a majority of the Court suggested today.
The suspect in the Monsey, New York, stabbings has some things in common with classic anti-Semitic conspiracists, but the differences between them may be more important.
Rational argumentation doesn’t really make much of a dent in religious faith, since “people are rarely argued out of beliefs that they were not argued into in the first place.”
There is no mystery to religious fundamentalists like Bill Barr. They think the stakes are life and death. And when those are the stakes, it’s all defensible.
College sophomores boycotting hummus are not who we need to worry about.
It’s the most important Second Amendment case in nearly a decade, but it looks like it might be moot.