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Even If Trump Loses, Trumpism Will Remain A Powerful Force In The GOP

Elephants Fighting

Even if Donald Trump loses next month, the political forces inside the GOP he tapped into are likely to remain very powerful.

Trump Gaining With Less Educated Whites, Losing With College Grads


Donald Trump is doing worse with white voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

This Election May Not be as Weird as we Think

Trump Clinton

Political Science research suggests that the election is, in basic ways, about what we would expect.

On the Potential Global Consequences of a Trump Presidency

Donald Trump Victory

The reputation of the US matters in global affairs.

First Clinton-Trump Debate and Low Expectations Redux


Judging 2016 by historical standards hasn’t worked out well thus far.

Clinton And Trump Clash In First Presidential Debate

First Presidential Debate 2016

It wasn’t exactly Lincoln-Douglas but, in the end, Hillary Clinton clearly outperformed Donald Trump last night.

First Clinton-Trump Debate Confirms Low Expectations


Trump had a much lower bar than Clinton going in. Neither cleared it.

Donald Trump’s Attacks On The Media Are Irresponsible And Irrational

Donald Trump Speaking Closeup

Donald Trump has spent more time recently attacking the news media than anything else. He ought to be condemned for it.

GOP Control Of The Senate At Risk As Trump Flounders

Capitol Building Dusk

With Donald Trump floundering, there are a whole lot of nervous Republican Senators up for re-election.

Trump Losing Support From Republican Women


It just keeps getting worse.

America’s Perpetual Wars


President Obama will leave office as the first two term President who presided over eight years of war. It didn’t start with him and it won’t end with him.

Police Killing People with Drones

HUTCHINS, TX - JUNE 13: Dallas Police use a robot to gain access to an armoured van, which authorities believed was rigged with explosives, and was driven by a suspect who attacked Dallas Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2015. A lone shooter in an armored van, believed to be rigged with explosives, opened fire on the Dallas Police Headquarters early Saturday morning. The shooter reportedly unleashed multiple rounds and planted explosive devices around the station before leading police on a chase that ended in a standoff in the parking lot of a fast food resturant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

The Dallas shooting spree ended with police killing the perpetrator with a drone. I’m okay with that.

Clinton Cleared Legally, But Her ‘Extreme’ Carelessness Will Follow Her To The White House

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

Hillary Clinton’s extreme carelessness with classified information probably won’t cost her the election, but it should.

No Charges Against Clinton Despite ‘Extremely Careless’ Safeguarding of Classified Information


The presumptive Democratic nominee for president won’t be going to jail. But we knew that.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Stabs At The Heart Of The Fourth Amendment


The Supreme Court has once again issued a ruling that further chips away at the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

Can Americans Unite In Response To Tragedy Anymore?

Orlando Pulse Shooting

National tragedies, whether man-made or natural disasters, used to bring Americans together. Now they just seem to pull Americans apart.

Trump the Presumptive Nominee (Some of What I got Wrong)


In case anyone noticed: I got the Trump nomination wrong.

Clinton Email Scandal: What Should Be Done?

Hillary Clinton departs Malta for Liyba

A commenter asks what the consequences ought be for Clinton’s transgressions.

State Department Inspector General Faults Hillary Clinton, State Dept. In Email Probe

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

A bad day for the Clinton campaign.

Judge: Giving Ohioans Only 28 Days to Vote Unconstitutional


An overreach on the “disparate impact” standard.

Donald Trump Resurrects The Worst Of Clinton Derangement Syndrome

Donald Trump Hillary Clinton

For Donald Trump at least, the start of the General Election campaign is the perfect time to dredge up decades old conspiracy theories.

Vast Majority Of Native Americans Not Offended By ‘Redskins’ Name, New Poll Claims

Washington Redskins Helmet

A new poll indicates that the argument that the name “Redskins” is disparaging is not an accurate statement of how Native Americans themselves feel about the issue.

Trump Probably Couldn’t Afford To Self-Fund A General Election Campaign

Donald Trump Shrug

Donald Trump has announced that he would not be self-funding the General Election campaign. That’s probably because he really couldn’t afford to do so.

A Reminder About Polling

Elections 2016

As we begin to head into General Election season, a few things to remember about the avalanche of polls to come.

The Republican Party Jumps the Shark


In the immortal words of the Fonz, I was wr-wr-wr-wr . . . not exactly right.

Early Poll Numbers Show Hillary Clinton Trouncing Donald Trump

Donald Trump Hillary Clinton

If these numbers hold up, then the GOP may as well start planning for the 2020 primaries now.

Donald Trump’s Vice-Presidential Choice: Would It Be Conventional, Or Crazy?

Trump Escalator

Several top Republicans have already said that they would not accept a position on a ticket with Donald Trump, so who might he choose?

Republicans Resigning Themselves To Trump Being Their Nominee

Donald Trump Victory South Carolina

For better or worse, Republicans seem to be resigning themselves to the inevitable.

Transgender Rights And The Sudden Conservative Obsession With Bathrooms

Gender Neutral Restroom Sign

The passage of a new law in North Carolina has revealed an apparent obsession among some on the right with who gets to use which restroom.

Cruz Likeliest Winner in Contested GOP Convention

Donald Trump Ted Cruz

The second place finisher in the Republican primaries is looking like the first loser.

Trump Whines About A ‘Rigged’ System, But The Blame Lies With Him


Donald Trump is complaining about a ‘rigged’ delegate selection process, but the truth is that the fault lies with only one person, Donald Trump.

Yes, We Would Benefit From A More Diverse Supreme Court

Supreme Court Building

Justice Sotomayor argued last week that we ought to look somewhere other than just the Courts of Appeal, the Ivy League, and the Northeast for Supreme Court Justices. She’s right.

Yes, The Delegate Allocation Process Is “Undemocratic.” So What?

GOP Convention

There are many aspects of the way delegates to the party convention are chosen that is “undemocratic,” but it’s unclear why this is a problem.

Everybody Hates Donald

Donald Trump Shrug

A new poll finds that Donald Trump is really, really disliked by voters, but it’s unclear how much that will matter going forward.

Growing Acrimony In The Race For The Democratic Nomination

Clinton Sanders Debate

Even as the outcome becomes more certain, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton seem to be attacking each other with increasing acrimony.

Bernie Sanders Exposed?

Meet the Press - Season 67

How much command of detail should we demand of presidential candidates?

The End of the Republican Party As We Know It?


Ronald Reagan famously claimed, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” I’m going through the process in reverse.

The Revolt Against Politics


David Brooks has articulated a frustration many of us share.

Can Donald Trump Be Stopped?

Donald Trump Victory

Donald Trump hasn’t hit the point of inevitability yet, but time is running short if Republicans are going to stop him.

The ‘West Wing’ Solution to the Scalia Vacancy


What would Jed Bartlet do?

Rules Matter Yet Again: SCOTUS Strategizing

Supreme Court Building

Dare I say: hate the game, not the players?

Republicans Risk The Senate And The Presidency By Refusing To Consider Any SCOTUS Nominee

Supreme Court Issues Multiple Rulings

Republicans are putting much on the line in their refusal to consider any Supreme Court nomination from President Obama.

Supreme Court Appointments And Lame Duck Presidents: Yes, Both Sides Do It


The politicization of Supreme Court appointments didn’t start with Republicans last night.

The Political Battle Over Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court Seat Has Begun

Supreme Court Justices

It didn’t take long for the political battle over the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia to become another part of the 2016 political battle.

Race For The GOP Nomination All About Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, And A Panicking GOP

Donald Trump Speaking

With less than a week to go before voting starts, Donald Trump continues to dominate the GOP race, with Ted Cruz the only candidate even close to looking like a viable challenger.

Gillian Anderson Offered Half David Duchovny’s Pay for ‘X-Files’ Reunion


Is this really ‘infuriating’ news?

National Review Takes On Donald Trump, But It’s Most Likely Too Little, Too Late

Trump Nixon V

The flagship of the American right is leading the charge against Donald Trump, but it’s not likely to work.

Clinton Email Server Contained Information Classified Above ‘Top Secret,’ Report Contends

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

New email headaches for Hillary Clinton, but it’s not clear what impact they will have on the race for President, if they have any impact at all.

No, the US is not on the Verge of a Multi-Party System


We will have a two party system for the foreseeable future.

The Quixotic Quest for the Radical Center


Americans don’t trust their government or each other. There’s no reason to hope it’ll get better.

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