The Lack of Competition for House Seats

Yet another reminder of the pathologies of American institutions.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Democracy and the End of Roe

This will just reinforce minority rule in the US.

Fixing the Primary Problem

Could Alaska point the way to a solution?

Myths of American Democracy

Tweaking the message and getting out the vote don’t matter as much as strategists think.

Unity My Ass

Are you going to believe this index or your own lyin’ eyes?

January 6 Committee Public Hearings: Day 1

The laying out of the case begins.

January 6 Committee Divided on Which Non-Starter Recommendations to Make

They’re taking their eye off the ball.

An Example of Utterly Awful Elections Analysis

The NYT and CA41 and yet another example of telling the wrong story.

Round One in Colombia

The first round produced two very different candidates.

A Fascistic and Authoritarian Response

Donald Trump and friends speak to the NRA.

America’s Gun Problem is Here to Stay

The obstacles to fixing the problem are many.

Yet Another School Shooting in America

Alas, it’s unlikely to change the policies that enable them.

Biden: America Will Defend Taiwan

The President continues his recent penchant for saying the quiet part out loud.

Disinformation Governance Board Killed by Disinformation Campaign

The combination of a horrendous rollout and a social media onslaught was disastrous.

More Primary Examples: the PA GOP Governor’s Race

An ongoing series of observations.

Maximal Angst Despite Minimal Cause

Quite often, political fights are about attitudes rather than issues and polices.

Podcast Recommendation (Plus: More on US Democracy)

Ezra Klein discusses the dynamics of American conservatism in historical perspective. Plus, he helps illustrate a key problem that we have in thinking about American politics (IMHO).

Protesting at Officials’ Homes

Is harassing judges, mayors, Senators, and the like in their private lives just free speech?

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Q&A Time

Hopefully answering a reader question (but probably just making it all worse).

On American Parties

More on primaries with a foray into Madison and the general politics of power-seekers and incentives.

Another Example of Primaries in Action

The Ohio GOP Senate contest.

An Extreme Example of the Problem with Primaries

Nobody is keeping the gate.

The Road to Here (and the Rocky Road Ahead)

The role of American political institutions.

New York’s Gerrymandering Disarmament

When doing the right thing is the wrong thing.

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A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

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Institutions Matter, French Edition

How rules shape the game.

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Prosecutor Drops All Charges Against Pamela Moses

And yet the state still extracted their pound of flesh

An Observation about the 1980 Election

Added historical context to ongoing conversations about American democracy.

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

It’s happened. What does it mean?

An Action-Oriented Prescription

A follow on from yesterday.

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Has the Internet made us more selfish?

EU Tries to Regulate Social Media

Brussels has gotten ahead of Washington in regulating mostly American-based Internet companies.

Utah Democrats Back Republican Evan McMullin in Bid to Unseat Trumper Mike Lee

Seeing no way to win under their own label, they’ve called a Hail Mary.

The Flawed Nature of Representation in the US

Our representation problems are far, far more about structure than they are about the messaging of the parties.

Chip Roy’s Texts

More willingness to subvert the election.

Mike Lee’s Texts

He was clearly willing to subvert the election.

Is this Cancel Culture? (Unicorn Edition)

An irregualr, ongoing series.

Musk, Twitter, and “Legal Speech”

A brief obeservation.

French Presidential Elections Today

The first round is currently being held.

A “Fairer” Map for the 2022 House?

A potentially more representative map that still underscores deep flaws in our system.

Democratic Backsliding and the American Right

The only way to save our freedom is to destroy it.

Santa’s a Socialist

And other tales from the AK special election.

Garland Under Pressure to Indict Trump

Democrats want the DOJ to act more quickly.

Multiparty Presidentialism

No, presidentialism does not lock us into two parties.

Judge: Trump Committed Crimes

His conversations with lawyers about stealing the election are not protected by privilege.

Biden Pleads for Regime Change in Russia

The President commits a Kinsley gaffe.

Christian Nationalism and American Democracy

A Manichean struggle between good and evil.