In the moment: grief and change

Vigils and prayer services and walks across a beautiful bridge have not magically made us whole, but they are a fitting show of respect which the dead and bereaved deserve, and they’re what we need now. While we must do more than mourn and congratulate ourselves for having the capacity to be grieved together, I’m […]

McConnell’s impossible centrism

[UPDATE AND COMMENT: I wrote this essay yesterday – from Europe – before Governor Nikki Haley’s press conference at which many prominent South Carolina Republicans joined her in calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. At the time I was somewhat unsure that the political shift described in the essay […]