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E.J. Dionne, Jr.
E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a writer with the Washington Post Writers Group. From his Washington Post bio: Considered among the best of America’s new crop...

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Let’s Grow Up, Progressives!

The veteran political observer argues that the Democrats’ retreat on the war spending bill is but a temporary setback in a much longer struggle they are sure to win, if only opponents of the war are patient, determined and ready for the next fight.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Why Gore Won’t Run

Boy, it would be fun if Al Gore changed his mind and ran for president—fun for the voters, anyway. Imagine a candidate whose pre-election book is devoted in large part to an attack on the media for waging war on reason.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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The GOP Identity Crisis

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, every leading candidate declared independence from some piece of dogma or another—even as all of them clung for dear life to the word conservative.  They sounded like religious doubters who compensate for their ebbing faith by shouting ever more fervently: “I believe!”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Giuliani Forces GOP to Make a Choice

After trying to have it all ways and looking silly in the process, Rudy Giuliani finally came out and restated his support for a woman’s right to choose. If he sticks with his decision, Giuliani will end the free ride his party has enjoyed on an issue that’s supposed to be about morality, but has more often been used cynically to harvest votes. 

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Blair’s Bittersweet Exit

British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s announcement that he’s stepping down won’t quell the anger felt on so much of the antiwar left. But my own reaction is a deep sadness that he tarnished a formidable legacy.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


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The French Bellwether

Is Europe moving right? Is the democratic left in trouble? The decisive victory of Nicolas Sarkozy over Socialist Segolene Royal in France’s presidential elections on Sunday was the most recent example of the battering that moderate-left parties are taking from the forces of globalization and discontent over immigration.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


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The High Cost of Ignoring Poverty

Republicans once preached compassion, but then went off to war. Democrats waged a war on poverty, but then lost some elections. They decided the middle class is where it’s at.

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E.J. Dionne, Jr.
E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a writer with the Washington Post Writers Group.

From his Washington Post bio:

Considered among the best of America’s new crop of columnists, E.J. Dionne combines his passions for people and politics with his keen intellect to deliver reasoned analysis that is followed by a wide circle of policy-makers nationwide—on the left, right and center.

Dionne began his twice-weekly op-ed column for The Washington Post in 1993. In 1996, it was syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, and he now appears in more than 90 newspapers in the United States and abroad.

Dionne joined The Post in 1990 as a reporter covering national politics. His best-selling book, ?Why Americans Hate Politics? (Simon & Schuster), was published in 1991. The book, which Newsday called ?a classic in American political history,? anticipated all the major themes of the 1992 campaign. It won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee.

Dionne also spent 14 years with The New York Times, reporting on state and local government, national politics, and from around the world, including stints in Paris, Rome and Beirut. The Los Angeles Times praised his coverage of the Vatican as the best in two decades.

Dionne has been a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, CNN and NBC?s ?Meet the Press.? His second book, ?They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era? (Simon & Schuster), was published in February 1996. The New York Times Book Review called it ?a luminously intelligent and quietly passionate polemic that deserves to alter the terms of American political debate.?

In 1998, Dionne edited ?Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America? (Brookings Institution Press) and has co-edited ?What?s God Got To Do With the American Experiment?? (Brookings Institution Press, 2000) with John J. DiIulio Jr. His third book, ?Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge? (Simon & Schuster) was published May 2004.

In 1996, in selecting Dionne as recipient of its annual Carey McWilliams Award to honor a major journalistic contribution to the understanding of politics, the American Political Science Association said: ?We honor Mr. Dionne as one of Washington?s finest journalistic thinkers and for his insightful daily contributions to the political discourse of our nation. ... His tireless efforts uplift the public ... in a time that cries for reasoned debate, not more negative ads, rumor or simplistic sound bites.? In 1997, he was named among the 25 most influential Washington journalists by the National Journal and among the capital city?s top 50 journalists by the Washingtonian magazine.

Dionne grew up in Fall River, Mass. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Harvard University in 1973 and received his doctorate from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1994-95, he was a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. In May 1996, Dionne joined The Brookings Institution as a senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program, then known as Governmental Studies. He began teaching at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute as University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture in the fall of 2003.

He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Mary Boyle, and their three children.

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