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No, Donald Trump Is Not the Most Important Voice in Our Politics

The evidence is in, and it shows that the dominant media narratives about 2016 are wrong.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Arizona’s Voting Rights Fire Bell

It’s bad enough that an outrage was perpetrated last week against the voters of Maricopa County, Ariz. It would be far worse if we ignore the warning that the disenfranchisement of thousands of its citizens offers our nation.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016 READ MORE



The Belgian X-Ray

Sudden, horrific events in the middle of a presidential campaign provide an X-ray of the instincts and thinking of the candidates. We can see what their priorities are, and pick up clues about their character.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Party of Trump Versus Merrick Garland

In a span of about 12 hours, Americans were given definitive evidence that the Republican Party is now in thrall to its most ideologically and tactically extreme forces, while the Democrats still look to the center ground and to compromise.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



A GOP Trapped by Donald Trump

The Republican Party is on the verge of being taken over by an egomaniac who appeals to the nation’s darkest impulses.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE



Two Legacies, Two Fates

The Clinton political dynasty is still alive. The Bush dynasty has been routed. Their contrasting fates, to this point at least, tell us much about our two parties, the nature of this year’s presidential election, and the dueling legacies themselves.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE



The United States of Contradictions

With election year a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



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Donald Trump Has the GOP Establishment’s Number

The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



Why a Kasich-Walker Confrontation Would Be Especially Enlightening

Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party’s nomination.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



The Right’s Political Correctness

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, it’s not “flip-flopping.”

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE



Should We Feel Even a Little Bit Sorry for Jeb Bush?

Loyalty—as illustrated by Jeb Bush’s reluctance to throw his brother George under the bus over the invasion of Iraq—is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. But Jeb Bush’s agony is likely to continue because Iraq raises profound questions not only for him but also for all of his GOP opponents.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



How David Cameron’s Wizardry Won Him the U.K. Election

Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The country’s center both held and flew apart at the same time.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE



A Rare Moment of Grace in American Politics

There are few moments of grace in our politics these days, especially where conflicts over religion are concerned. Last week, I witnessed one.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



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Is Democracy as We Know It Unraveling?

The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



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Can Republicans Learn From California?

Jim Brulte, California’s Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don’t learn from what happened to the GOP in California, they may doom themselves to repeating its decidedly unpleasant experience.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE



How to Read the Iran Debate

Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail of the Iran deal. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE



Harry Reid vs. the Smooth Deal

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. But there are upsides to his approach, including his candor and his capacity as a listener who understands his colleagues and their needs.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



Here’s How We Know Republicans Aren’t Serious About the Plight of Working-Class Americans

Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality. That chance now seems to have gone up in smoke.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



The Clinton Deal

Open letters are the next new thing, so let’s imagine Hillary Clinton sending a simple note to all voters.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Why Obama’s Budget Matters

When President Obama released his budget on Monday, the words “dead on arrival” were widely incanted because they are part of a quasi-religious Beltway ritual. This year, those words are misleading.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



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What Change Sounds Like

The rumblings you are hearing from the right are the sounds of an old consensus in the process of disintegrating.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



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What Gratitude Requires

Thanksgiving Day is awash in sentiment, but gratitude is not a sentiment. It’s a virtue. Properly understood, gratitude is hard because it entails both an admission and a demand.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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The Dream Did Not Come Free

We forget that the majestically peaceful assemblage that moved a nation came in the wake of brutal resistance to civil rights and equality. And that there would be more to come.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE


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