Benjamin Silver Articles


The Justice and Her Fans

The progressive cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Mar 09, 2015

Like many Americans, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg napped through a portion of the president’s 2015 State of the Union address. This was hardly important news—she was caught napping during the 2013 address, too—but the story made a splash anyway, helped by a widely circulated photograph. The kicker came a few weeks later, when Justice Ginsburg revealed what led to the snooze: She had been a bit inebriated during the president’s speech. “We sit there, stone-faced, the sober judges, but we’re not—at least I wasn’t—100 percent sober,” she said.

 Read more

Heritage Action, a New Face of Lobbying

3:16 PM, Aug 12, 2013

Special interests—mostly advocacy firms and former-Congressmen turned lobbyists—drive Congress’s agenda and play an oversized role in the formation of policy. But the face of lobbying is changing, thanks partly to approaches pioneered in the last three years by Heritage Action for America, the lobbying and policy organization affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation.

 Read more

Christie's Opponent Hits at His Weight

3:09 PM, Jul 09, 2013

Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate for governor in New Jersey, released an ad today attacking Republican governor Chris Christie’s eating habits.

"Guess what, governor?" the candidate asks rhetorically. "There’s no fried butter in Newark, just 13 percent unemployment."

 Read more