President Joe Biden prepares to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 25, 2021, en route to Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden prepares to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 25, 2021, en route to Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

White House Staff Turnover!

Much ado about a perfectly normal phenomenon.

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).

The Road to Here (and the Rocky Road Ahead)

The role of American political institutions.

An Observation about the 1980 Election

Added historical context to ongoing conversations about American democracy.

President Joe Biden calls New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the Oval Office Study. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden calls New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the Oval Office Study. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Presidents Aren’t Magicians

We expect far more from the Oval Office than is reasonable.

More Details On 7 Hours “Missing” From 1/6 White House Phone Logs

They’re not missing and that points to a systemic issue

Multiparty Presidentialism

No, presidentialism does not lock us into two parties.

On Respect and SCOTUS

The Court is out of balance–and it is a design flaw.

Of Laws and Men

Our system lacks accountability.

Pence and the Whirlwind

Doing the right thing on 1/6/20 doesn’t absolve him of being a key Trump enabler.

January 6 vs BLM Riots

Shockingly, they’re not remotely equivalent.

Back to Court Expansion

Two members of the presidential commission reach the conclusion that expansion is needed.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Vice President Kamala Harris talks on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. Vice President Kamala Harris talks on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at the Blair House in Washington, D.C.

Kamala Harris’ Frustrating Start?

A weird new narrative has emerged.

DC Circuit Delays Trump Paper Release

The matter of Executive Privilege and former Presidents is settled law.

Minority Power in the Senate

Senator Romney and the latest edition of the senatorial pro-filibuster op/ed.

Saving American Democracy

The Politician’s Syllogism rears its ugly head.

DeSantis: No Mask Mandates in Florida

His executive order blocks schools from having masking rules.

Biden Fires ‘Independent’ Social Security Administrator

President Trump’s destruction of longstanding norms continues under his successor.

Congress May Repeal Iraq AUMF

A meaningless gesture that’s long overdue.

SBC Picks a New Leader

And linkages to broader US politics.

Taking Moot to a Whole Moot Level

Overruling every case President Trump was involved in is getting silly.

Georgia Passes New Election Law

It makes voting harder.

President Biden’s First Press Conference

The media became the story but the President was the news.

President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room. President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room.

Judging Presidents and Presidencies

We tend to focus on the wrong qualities in our early assessments.

Yale Fires Prof for Trump Mental Health ‘Diagnoses’

What at first blush appears a case of hypocrisy and cancel culture is a violation of professional ethics.

The GOP’s Trump Primary Problem

Nonhierarchical parties strike again.

Yes, Presidential Approval Matters

An explanation to a question you likely weren’t asking.

Biden’s Lack of Press Conferences

On the one hand, true. On the other, so what?

Voting Legislation on Parade

HR1 is a national approach to expanding voter access. State legislatures are trying to both expand and restrict the vote as well.

President Joe Biden signs two executive orders on healthcare Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. President Joe Biden signs two executive orders on healthcare Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Ending the Forever Wars

It’s easy if you try.

Our Unrepresentative Government (Yet Again)

Yet another reminder about pathologies of US democracy.

POTUS Should Be Just A Job

The distance in accountability between the highest and the lowest must be shortened.

How Powerful is Kamala Harris?

Could the Vice President end the filibuster herself?

Our Political Reality

Voting ourselves out of this mess is not so easy

The GOP Isn’t Dead. It’s Resting.

The GOP, alas, is not going anywhere.

Supreme Court Rules Trump Emoluments Cases Moot

A legally correct but maddening ruling.

The Centrality of Nominations

American political parties are controlled by the primaries.

Patriotism Re-ennobled

President Biden masterfully used the pageantry of the day to shatter the self-asserted Trumpian monopoly on patriotism.

Biden’s Christianity, Lincoln, and the Truth of Who We Are

Biden’s America is a place and idea in which the trappings of empire or glory are ephemera in comparison with perennial human relationships—families; friendships; communities; schools; neighbors; partners.

Keystone and Executive Fiat

President-Elect Biden is planning a big first few days, Congress be damned.

Trump Banned from Twitter

Hashtag: You’re Fired.

The Pence Gambit

The absurd notion that the President of Senate is the arbiter and judge of the electoral vote.

Two Crazy Aspects of Trump’s Fraud Allegations

Granted, there are more than two. But from a political science/political history POV, these two stick out in my mind.

The Arab Spring at 10

Tunisia is freer but poorer than it was before Mohamed Bouazizi’s desperate act.

Republican Recovery

Further musings on the future of the Grand Old Party.

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

America’s Slow Presidential Transitions

Why isn’t Joe Biden President already?

The Flynn Pardon

Perhaps the most normal thing President Trump has done.

Biden SECDEF Pick on Hold?

Maybe it’s not going to be Michèle Flournoy after all.

Trump Has Already Stopped being President

He seems to have taken his ball and gone home.