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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


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


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


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.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


My Democrat Can Whip Your Democrat

Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century political realist and schemer, would relish the intricate calculations the three leading Democratic presidential candidates are required to make.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


When All Else Fails, Blame the Democrats

President Bush and Vice President Cheney cannot make the case that their Iraq policies have succeeded, so they are doing one thing they do very well: taking a serious argument over the future of American foreign policy and turning it into a petty partisan squabble.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


‘American Idol’ Tackles Poverty

There’s something obnoxious about a hugely popular TV show suddenly developing a social conscience, but it could be worse—they could just go on not giving a damn.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


It’s the Guns, Stupid

With enough money behind it, any ridiculous argument will find supporters, especially in Congress. It shouldn’t take mass murder for politicians to realize the obvious: Guns kill people.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


They’re Democrats, Not Idiots

Roger Ailes, the mastermind behind Fox News, publicly fumed when the Democratic presidential candidates refused to participate in his network’s debates, but can he really blame Obama, Clinton and Edwards for avoiding a conservative ambush?

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


The Tragedy of John McCain

John McCain’s 2000 campaign for president failed, but it was an unruly and joyous romp. His campaign this time feels quite different: carefully planned, meticulously calculated—and a tragedy.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


On Atheists and Easter

Easter is as good a time as any to delve into the issues raised by faith and reason. In this essay, E.J. Dionne challenges the arguments of “neo-atheism.” For an alternative point of view, read “An Atheist Manifesto” by Sam Harris.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Fighting a Mockery of Democracy

With the 2008 presidential election on the horizon, a novel plan to circumvent a constitutional amendment and eliminate the anti-democratic Electoral College is gaining momentum in Maryland and other states.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Risks Might Pay Off in ‘08 Race

Candidates on both sides are playing it safe, but the signs are that voters will reward strong ideas and bold positions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


In the Battle Over the War, Pelosi Wins

The president and his allies seem eager for a constitutional showdown, but with the people on their side, the Democrats and the Congress are poised for victory. Updated to reflect Tuesday’s Senate vote

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Seeing Presidential Privilege Through a Partisan Lens

The looming showdown over subpoenas and presidential privilege is as insincere as it is distracting. How quickly politicians forget their rock-hard principles when applying them to another administration. The politicization of the justice system is a real scandal—one that demands an open inquiry.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


The Post-Bush Awakening

Americans are starting to learn the real lessons of the Iraq war: Dissent has value, political conformity costs lives and leaders who fail time and again don’t deserve one more chance.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Religious Conviction vs. Political Dogmatism

Evangelical Protestantism in the United States is going through a New Reformation that is disentangling a great religious movement from a partisan political machine. This historic change will require liberals and conservatives alike to abandon their sometimes narrow views of who evangelicals are.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP Waiting Game

Rudy Giuliani still leads among Republicans in the race for the presidential nomination, but a lurking powerhouse candidate like Chuck Hagel, armed with a popular take on the war, could quickly emerge a winner.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Years of Hyperpartisanship

The Bush administration has created a poisonous atmosphere that principled conservatives should deplore.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Winning the War of Words

When it comes to ending the war in Iraq, Democrats have a tougher fight than many had expected. If recent battles on the Hill and in the press are any indication, it’s likelier to be a long hard slog than a quick rout.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Bush’s Bruised Ego

If the president orders a “surge” of U.S. troops into Iraq, he will force a confrontation with a Congress no longer enamored with his once-vaunted political instincts.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Risk-Aversion Spiral

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving object lessons in being a responsible risk-taker.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Putting Iraq on the Credit Card

Believe it or not, winning the war in Iraq was never the Bush administration’s highest priority. Saving its tax cuts was more important. That was once spoken of as a moral problem. Now, it’s a practical barrier to a successful outcome.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: The End of Shake ‘n’ Bake Democracy

The Iraq Study Group Report makes clear that you can’t whip up a representative government by buying a cake mix or holding a single election and declaring victory.

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


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