The Tip O’Neill Era and Why Governing was Easier

A reminder of how things (specifically the party system as a whole) have changed.

What’s a “Normal” First Term Seat Loss?

Looking at some historical data.

Calcified Democracy

A deep dive into why our politics are so broken.

The Nationalization of American Politics

Local issues barely matter in Congressional races anymore.

Craziness, Disconnectedness, and a Toxic Political Climate Equals Violence

The attack at the Pelosi house should surprise no one.

Mid-Terms Polling Shows Mid-Term Pattern

The party in the White House is likely to lose seats.

Democrats’ Messaging Challenges

Touting the accomplishments of the last two years isn’t working.

Can Reporters Have Friends?

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

Social Justice the New Religion?

The intersection of politics, morality, and meaning.

American Ideological Self-Identification

“Moderate” is up, “Liberal” is down, and “Conservative” is static. What does it mean?

Private vs Public Opinion

What we believe and what we say we believe are often not the same.

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)

How Low Can Joe Go?

Approval is down (again).

Independent State Legislature Theory

A theory floated in Bush v Gore could radically change American elections.

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Hard to Say I’m Sorry

Columnists write bad columns apologizing for bad columns.

Judicial Supremacy vs Popular Constitutionalism

Who should have the final say on the law of the land?

The ‘Figure it Out Yourself’ Phase of COVID

With the government throwing its hands up, it’s now up to the citizenry.

The Lack of Competition for House Seats

Yet another reminder of the pathologies of American institutions.

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.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Unity My Ass

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

Speaking of Bad Political Analysis

A recurring genre about presidents.

An Example of Utterly Awful Elections Analysis

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

Disinformation Governance Board Killed by Disinformation Campaign

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

The Road to Here (and the Rocky Road Ahead)

The role of American political institutions.

Supreme Court Confirmations and Political Polarization

The days of unanimous votes are long behind us.

Double Jeopardy in All But Name

Two notorious cases indicate a policy shift on federal prosecutions of cases already tried in lower courts.

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)

Biden a Failure?

Some of his numbers are worse than even Donald Trump’s.

It’s Like 1939, But Better In Some Ways, And Also Worse

The military threat is smaller, but the political one is bigger.

‘Freedom Convoy’ Coming to DC

Right wing protestors are expected to attempt to create (more) gridlock in the capitol later today.

People Moving for Politics?

It seems that some Americans are relocating to be with people who share their social and cultural views.

Why Are Biden’s Polls So Awful?

A pretty good President has numbers comparable to his historically bad predecessor.

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)

Breaking: Country Polarized

And Biden approval down.

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

Violence Inequality

The safety gap between affluent, white and poor, minority communities has grown over the last three decades.

Capitol Riot: One Year Later

A roundup of reflection on a somber anniversary.

The Big Lie is Working

A majority of Americans are less than sure that Biden won the 2020 election.

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?

The Divide Within Our Parties is Almost as Wide as that Between Them

Pew’s new typology shows the diversity of both US political parties.

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

The Kids Are Not Alright

Do young Democrats really hate Republicans more than vice-versa?

SCOTUS Could Overturn Roe

Oral arguments on the biggest abortion case in decades will be heard today.

Patriots Leave Fox After Patriot Purge

Two NeverTrump Republicans have had enough.

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Trump, the GOP, and Stochastic Terrorism

A conversation in two parts.

Max Cleland, 1942-2021

The Vietnam War hero and one-term Georgia Senator has died at 79.

Minority Power in the Senate

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

Most Politics Is National

Tip O’Neil’s famous saying hasn’t been true in a long, long time.