The Centrist Fantasy

Can moderate Republicans take back their party?

Trump Hemmorhaging Donors and Backers

The ship is abandoning the sinking rat.

Leadership Battles in the GOP

Losing has a way of creating intraparty strife.

Trump’s Run Exasperates GOP Elite, Thrills Dems

Some of the early reactions to the inevitable announcement tell the tale.

Democrats’ Chaotic Skullduggery

There was some quiet meddling going on.

Does Campaign Money Matter?

How much is enough?

Murdoch Gunning for Trump

The New York Post and Wall Street Journal are blasting the losing loser.

Pelosi Attack a Turning Point?

What will it take to end the cycle of violence?

Can Reporters Have Friends?

A new book raises fundamental questions about how far journalistic objectivity should extend.

Thursday Tabs

Lindsey Graham’s Abortion Stunt

He’s proposed a bill with no chance of passage seemingly timed to hurt his own party in the midterms.

First Capitol Rioter to Go to Trial Gets 7 Years

A loudmouth III%er cried like a baby during his sentencing.

Learning From Joe Manchin

Has the frustrating process of securing his vote taught Democrats anything?

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What’s Politics For, Anyway?

Capitol Hill Republicans are turning the concept on its head.

Defending the Constitution Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

What should conservatives who can’t support the party of Trump do?

Senate Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

The most expansive firearms legislation in decades is likely to become law.

Bipartisan Senate Gun Control Talking Points

Calling it a “deal” is vastly over-selling it.

Time for a New Generation to Lead?

The Silents and Boomers have been in charge too long.

Two Republican Parties?

Some GOP governors are taking a stance against Trump.

Protesting at Officials’ Homes

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

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A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

Professional Politicians Poor Prognosticators

Mitch McConnell and other senior Republican Senators foolishly believed their colleagues would do the right thing.

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

It’s happened. What does it mean?

Mike Lee’s Texts

He was clearly willing to subvert the election.

Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

Republicans are aghast that he’s abandoned his principles.

Voters in Sour Mood Ahead of Midterms

The polls do not bode well for Democrats.

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The Right Is Having A Hard Time Framing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson As An Extremist

If this is the best they have, they don’t have a lot

The Senate is Passing Legislation!

Do you believe in miracles?

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Why Would Anyone Want to be a Senator?

Two popular Republican governors have declined a chance to join the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

McConnell Criticizes RNC Censure over 1/6

Better than nothing, but still not enough.

Which Black Woman Will Biden Appoint to the Supreme Court?

The 46th President will follow the lead of the 40th in making a historic appointment.

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

The Non-ending Joe Manchin Saga

Is the stalwart of Senate bipartisanship interested in governing?

Warren’s Argument for Court Packing

It’s not compelling.

Bob Dole, 1923-2021

The longtime Senator and Vice Presidential and Presidential nominee is gone at 98.

Defense Bill Stalled Over Amendments

Every now and again, it’s not Mitch McConnell’s fault.

Infrastructure Politics

Politicians gonna politician, but still…

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

This man is the face of the post-Trump party.

Back to SCOTUS Reform and “Legitimacy”

Doing nothing is still a choice, and the legitimacy crisis is here, like it or not.

Irrelevant Republicans Being Ignored!

The liberal media is giving all their attention to the tax and spend Democrats!

The Power of Mythology

It does not create better deliberation.

Dems in Disarray, Deal Doubtful

The internecine fight over the budget is coming to a head.

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Selling the ‘Build Back Better’ Plan

The Catch-22 of passing a massive spending bill in an undemocratic system.

Republicans Playing Chicken with Debt Ceiling. Again.

They shall not submit to blackmail!

There is No ‘Manchin Dilemma’

He beats the alternative.

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Biden’s Vaccination Speech

The President hit all the right notes.

Money and Intra-Party Competition

More in a series of ongoing observations about the GOP primaries.

Book Review: Kill Switch

Discussing the filibuster.