President Ghani Flees as Taliban Reach Kabul

The mirage of semi-order faded quickly.

Douthat Misses the Point on Hungary

Hungary is part of a broader global trend, but the real issue isn’t Hungary, it is the Americans who praise Hungary.

The Radicalization of Ross Douthat

An interesting podcast conversation.

Biden’s Plunging Job Approval!

Democrats and Independents are losing their enthusiasm. But some perspective is needed.

Talk to Trump Voters!

We’re hurting the feelings of those trying to destroy the country.

Ohio, Trump, and the Primaries

Thinking about party evolution and behavior going into 2022.

Culture Wars the Liberals’ Fault?

Some people claim there’s a woman to blame.

The Tragedy of Politicized Vaccines

Public health shouldn’t be made into a partisan issue.

Democrats Increasingly Frustrated with Congress

It turns out a 51-50 Senate majority isn’t enough.

Working From Home and Polarization

Yet another thing driving Americans apart.

Stephen Breyer’s Retirement Timing

Should he be worried about the appearance of partisan gaming?

Bipartisan Commission Dies From Lack of Bipartisanship

The country is in peril.

President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The Fox News Effect?

Republicans are more partisan—and distrustful of government—than Democrats.

Competitive Pressures and Party Behavior

Assessing Republican strategic positioning (and the incentives in our system).

Sullivan on Biden (and a Discussion of Fiscal Policy)

On fiscal policy and historical comparisons.

Biden Strikes Bipartisan Tone

The President used his first speech to Congress as an attempt to unite the country.

President Joe Biden participates in a virtual call with the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission team members Thursday, March 4, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. President Joe Biden participates in a virtual call with the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission team members Thursday, March 4, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

Biden’s First 100 Days

A laser focus on the pandemic and economic insecurity has him in good shape at the traditional check-in point.

The Non-Competitive House

A recent report shows 78 of 435 seats in the US House are truly competitive.

Did the Boomers Ruin America?

An interesting but uneven debate.

List Of School Shootings In The United States By Death Toll

Our current forms of collective action on guns have failed us.

United States Less Democratic Than it Used to Be

Multiple indicators point to a decline in the representativeness of the American system.

The Rise of Negative Partisanship

Yes, partisanship is real. And it influences more than just voting behavior.

Yes, Presidential Approval Matters

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

Are Moderate Democrats the New Republicans?

Reacting to the asymmetrical polarization of the electorate.

This Week’s Dr. Seuss Nonsense

A story that is both unserious and yet emblematic of our age in a serious way.

Our Unrepresentative Government (Yet Again)

Yet another reminder about pathologies of US democracy.

A Failure of Governance in Texas

And a discussion of markets (and a warning about partisanship).

Rush Limbaugh is Still Dead

The reflections on the departed right-wing talk host continue.

Romney’s Child Welfare Plan

An opportunity for unity and a restoration of normal order.

Partisan Control in the Congress

Some political history,

What Republicans Want Isn’t What they Get

Our two-party system distorts the representativeness of our politics.

Dignity And Efficiency On Inauguration Day

Yesterday showed that Biden understands the “dignified” part of politics.

Party of Grievance

Not of governance.

On Faux Analysis of Biden’s Win

Arguments and analyses that are, well, turkeys.

Cracks in America’s Election System?

Was Trump’s attempt to overturn the outcome a one-off or a sign of things to come?

Not a Coup Attempt

But, still very bad.

Biden Plans to Repeal Trump EOs

Governing without Congress has its price.

Two Parties, Not Two Countries

We’ve just had an election, not psychoanalysis.

Peek Hack

Up is down. Down is up.

Five Weeks Out

Joe Biden’s chances remain extraordinarily good.

Minority Rule

The problem is real.

Amy Coney Barrett Nomination Coming Today

Multiple reports have the Notre Dame graduate replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020

The iconic Supreme Court justice has died at the age of 87.

Comparative Approval Ratings

Is Trump really an outlier?

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks prior to signing H.R. 1957- The Great American Outdoors Act Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks prior to signing H.R. 1957- The Great American Outdoors Act Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Woodward Revelations Hurting Trump

A new poll shows meaningful shifts in public attitudes.

A Reminder about Media Bias

Media bias is real, but it isn’t what many claim it to be.

Andrew Sullivan’s Complicated Legacy

The one-time wunderkind, blogging pioneer, and same-sex marriage champion is now on the outs.

The Consequences of Design

The convergence of design flaws in the constitution and a flawed leader have brought us to brink of an electoral crisis.

US Party System Evolution

A quick overview and some examples to start a longer conversation.