During yesterday’s January 6th committee hearings, we got an inside look at the pressure Trump put on ordinary people and elected officials alike.
Christie Whitman February 28, 2022 Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging EPA’s long-standing authority to address climate pollution from power plants. Two decades ago, in the Whitman case, Justice Scalia wrote for a unanimous Court affirming EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to protect the American people from air pollution and rejecting similarly sweeping legal challenges. Justice Scalia held EPA’s authority “fits comfortably within the scope of discretion permitted by our precedent.” [...]
When I wrote my book, It’s My Party Too, in 2005, I indicated that the Republican Party was approaching a cliff. Little did I know how steep the precipice would be or how willingly the party would throw itself over. Today, those who define themselves as Republican leaders have rendered the party unrecognizable from the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Reagan. [...]
Christie Whitman January 6, 2021 The election is over, and it has been for a while now. But you wouldn’t know it from the chatter in some corners of social media – or from the Twitter feed of the person with the largest platform on the planet. There’s a vast campaign, led by the current commander in chief, to sow doubt about the results. There’s a push to undermine the integrity of our votes simply because a few folks at the White House don’t like what the voters said and a few folks in Congress are willing to play along at the expense of the American people and our democracy writ-large. [...]
Christie Whitman October 27, 2020 In taking the oath of office, Amy Coney Barrett has changed the Supreme Court forever. Not because she is conservative, not just because she was rushed through. In fact, the changes started long before her. [...]
Christie Whitman August 20, 2020 Watching Barack Obama eviscerating Donald Trump last night was extraordinary. For a former president to criticize, much less attack, their successor, is just not done. Yet, in 15 minutes President Obama outlined just how dangerous this administration is to the very foundation of our democracy. Its disdain for the rule of law and the constitution is played out every day for all to see. [...]
Christie Whitman June 23, 2020 To my fellow Republicans, Yes, I still call myself a Republican, but not as defined by the president or the Republican leadership in Congress. No, I come from the party of Eisenhower, when we were proud to trace our heritage to Abraham Lincoln. A party with principles for which we fought, quaint things like respect for every individual and for the rule of law. A party that believed in an engaged foreign policy, security at home, and respect for our shared environment. A party that believed in the greater good. [...]
We are a nation based on the rule of law, but we now shrug when our laws are routinely flouted and seem to accept that one can pick and choose which ones to follow.
When I was governor, our motto for one state was “Many Faces, One Family”. It reflected the diversity that makes our state strong. The horrific shooting in Jersey City flies in the face of all that is great in our state. Yet we are not alone...
The time is coming when the members of, first the House, and then potentially the Senate will have to take the most important votes of their lives...