The drumbeat started on Saturday, with the posting of Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump, the New York Times front-pager by Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman, and Jonathan Martin. It’s a detailed and lengthy story about … well, just read the headline. It begins with Maine Governor and all-around despicable person Paul LePage fretting about the Donald, and ends with the governor endorsing him. Which takes us to Why Can’t the G.O.P. Stop Trump? by Hans Noel for the Times on March 1. Mr. Noel teaches government at Georgetown U. and wrote The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. Me thinks a new edition may be in the offing. (Peter Wehner, a fine writer and serious Republican wrote What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?, also for the Times. It’s worth your time.)
Laurence Tribe has written The Scalia Myth for the New York Review of Books. It’s a measured and very well-written piece about how originalism is really a bunch of malarkey.
Also from the Scalia front, loosely, here’s A modest proposal to save the Supreme Court, written by Scott Turow as an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune last Friday. Mr. Turow, an attorney who also happens to write really good legal thrillers, suggests that we need “a new justice who sees the court’s role in a far narrower way than anyone currently sitting, whether they’re on the left or right – someone who will reintroduce a more limited style of decision-making.” It’s an interesting notion, and my mind keeps returning to it.
In what passes for news in what the Chinese people would surely call Interesting Times, The Atlantic has Clarence Thomas Breaks His Silence, written by Garrett Epps. Justice Thomas is famously silent during oral argument, and only stepped after 10 years to probe why someone with a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction should lose his right to bear arms.
Condé Nast Traveler has profiled The Most Beautiful Museums in the World. I definitely need to get out more!
A long-time reader noted recently that she hadn’t seen much pizza lately. Gluten limitations and busy are my excuses, but I do have plenty of photos to share, mostly from the past. Here they are, with apologies for not having more information about ingredients: