Dems in Midterms: You’re Saying There’s a Chance?

A 2020 blowout has long been presumed. But maybe it won’t happen.

Myths of American Democracy

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

The Least Dangerous Branch?

The apparently eminent demise of abortion rights has reignited an old debate.

What If The Bad Guys Win in Ukraine?

The most likely outcome is not a happy one.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Second Guessing Biden’s First Year

Did the President exceed his mandate? Does it matter?

Warren’s Argument for Court Packing

It’s not compelling.

A Thousand Words on Vaccines

Sigh.

The Radicalization of Ross Douthat

An interesting podcast conversation.

The Importance of Time Horizons in Politics

And general considerations on mid-term elections.

Our Unrepresentative Government (Yet Again)

Yet another reminder about pathologies of US democracy.

Eighteen Years of Blogging

Some reflections

Partisan Control in the Congress

Some political history,

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?

President-Elect Biden’s Victory Speech

“Now this campaign is over, what is the will of the people? What is our mandate?”

The Senate’s Rural Skew

Injecting data into the conversation.

A Defense of Expanding the US Supreme Court

It is about finding ways to combat minority rule.

Ginsburg, Garland, and Court Packing

Two related discussions.

Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence

A shocking and yet completely unsurprising development.

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Attorney General William Barr, displays his signature after signing an Executive Order to Prevent Hoarding and Price Gouging, Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Attorney General William Barr, displays his signature after signing an Executive Order to Prevent Hoarding and Price Gouging, Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump Approval Up During Crisis

The President seems to be enjoying a mild rally effect.

Our Constitutional Crisis

To defang impeachment is an invitation for presidents to ignore the rule of law.

Where Has the Decade Gone?

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

More on “A Republic, not a Democracy”

For a change not by me.

RBG Speaks Out Against Court Packing Schemes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t very impressed by the proposals made by several liberal politicians lately to increase the size of the Supreme Court to counterbalance the conservative tilt created by the Gorsuch and Kavanaugh confirmations.

Should NeverTrumpers Become Democrats?

A considerable number of Republican have effectively left our party over Donald Trump. Should we go all the way?

Not Your Great-Grandfather’s Presidency

The job laid out by the Framers in Article II of the Constitution has expanded a mite.

Trump Administration Stonewalls Another Congressional Committee

The President is once again claiming Executive Privilege to prevent Congress from getting access to certain documents.

D-Day At 75

Seventy-five years ago today, American soldiers and our allies undertook an invasion that helped change the world.

The True Cost of Trade Wars

The cost of Trump’s trade policies are well beyond the cost of soy beans.

Trump Invokes Executive Privilege Over Release Of Full Mueller Report

In an effort to block the release of the full report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Trump Administration is invoking Executive Privilege.

Can The Buttigieg Boomlet Last?

Pete Buttigieg is getting a lot of attention for a relatively unknown candidate. but it’s unclear if it can last.

The Demise of Local News and the Rise of National Partisanship

Scholars argue that the shifting media landscape is largely to blame for our political crisis.

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts Won’t Be Running For Re-Election

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is the second Republican to announce his retirement, but his seat should remain safely red.

Bush Funeral Inevitably About Trump

Honoring the 41st President cast a poor light on the 45th.

Reagan Country Turns Blue

One of the last Republican strongholds in California is now completely blue.

Is Donald Trump Thinking Of Dumping Mike Pence?

Is Donald Trump thinking about dumping Mike Pence in 2020? Probably not, but that’s not going to stop the speculation.

No Mr. President, There Isn’t Going To Be A “Red Wave” In November

President Trump claims that November will see a “red wave” rather than the “blue wave” that most analysts are expecting. There’s no evidence to support his hypothesis.

How’s That ‘Living Constitution’ Working Out for You?

Progressive enthusiasm for the notion that our governing framework is dynamic and ought be constantly updated by the judiciary is waning.

George W. Bush’s Rehabilitation

61 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of a man who left office a failed president.

John Bolton Is Foolishly Calling For Preemptive War Against North Korea

John Bolton is leading a cry for preemptive war against North Korea.

Supreme Court To Hear Case That Could Deal Major Blow To Public-Sector Unions

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that could prove crippling to public employee unions across the nation.

Trump and Latin America

Trump isn’t going to win any regional popularity awards in LA.

Trump Aides Nix Idea Of Going To Charlottesville

“Why the hell would we do that?” — White House official.

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Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Are Historically Bad And Only Likely To Get Worse

Donald Trump is the most unpopular incoming President in more than eighty years.

Impeachment Talk Grows, But It’s Not Going To Happen Anytime Soon

Even with the revelations of the last three weeks, impeaching the President is still largely a fantasy.

Ninth Circuit Hears Argument In Muslim Travel Ban Case

Another day in Court for President Trump’s Muslim ban.

Evaluating Trump’s First 100 Days

After 100 days in office, President Trump has very little to show for his work except to show that there’s no reason to trust his judgment going forward.

As End Of First Hundred Days Nears, Trump’s Job Approval Continues To Slump

As he nears the end of his first 100 days in office, President Trump continues to suffer from bad poll numbers.

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So Far, There’s No Sign Of A ‘Trump Bump’ In The Economy

So far, there’s no sign that Donald Trump is having much of an impact on the economy.

Donald Trump Is Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’

In the end, there was no other logical choice.