Sep 25, 2020
What Senate Democrats are Learning from Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell was elected to the US Senate in 1985. He was named Senate minority leader in 2007, and Senate majority leader in 2015. It was, for McConnell, the culmination of...
Sep 22, 2020
When Did Good Governance Become an 'Armageddon Option'?
In his Sunday newsletter, Axios’s Mike Allen laid out “the Democrats’ armageddon option” in the fight over a new Supreme Court justice. Here it is (emphasis...
Sep 9, 2020
Black Republicans, Trump, & America's 'George Floyd Moment'
The Republican Party began losing the Black vote around 1936. Since then, Republicans have commissioned reports, hired consultants, and spent huge sums of campaign dollars trying to...
Sep 4, 2020
Can Anything Change Americans' Minds About Donald Trump?
On August 27, 2019, President Donald Trump held a 41.3 percent approval rating and a 54.2 percent disapproval rating, according to FiveThirtyEight’s poll tracker. During the...
May 22, 2020
Why Are Liberals More Afraid of Virus Than Conservatives?
In recent years, there’s been an explosion of academic work on the psychological foundations of our politics. The basic theory goes like this: Some people are innately more...
Apr 14, 2020
I’ve Read the Plans to Reopen the Economy. They’re Scary.
Over the past few days, I’ve been reading the major plans for what comes after social distancing. You can read them, too. There’s one from the right-leaning American...
Jan 28, 2020
Why Dems Still Have to Appeal to Center, but Republicans Don’t
American politics has been dominated by the Democratic and Republican Parties since the Civil War. That gives us the illusion of stability — that today’s political divisions cut...
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