Congressional Gridlock And The Disappearing Swing District

There are very rational reasons behind the current gridlock on Capitol Hill.

American Politics And The Denial Of Reality

It’s no wonder partisans can’t agree with each other when they can’t even agree what the facts are.

Politics Stinks

There’s no doubt about it, our political culture is pretty horrible.

Politics Is Impossible When Everyone Just Keeps Yelling At Each Other

American politics has been reduced to a charade where all people do is yell at each other.

Maybe We’re Getting Exactly The Political Culture We Deserve

We have met the enemy, and it’s most likely us.

Chick-Fil-A Comes Under Fire For Stance On Same-Sex Marriage

Restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is facing criticism after its President’s comments on same-sex marriage.

Charlie Cook: Change In Control Of House Unlikely

Absent something extraordinary, it’s unlikely that the GOP will lose control of the House.

On the Vetting (and Other Thoughts)

Vetting, media bias, and a passing swipe at the war on terror.

Get Rid Of Recall Elections

Recall elections in a hyper-partisan atmosphere are not a good thing.

Have They No Decency?

Why have so few Republicans stood up to condemn Allen West?

So Apparently Birtherism Is Still A Thing

Disturbingly large percentages of Republicans still don’t think the President was born here.

Obama Presidency Still Polarizing, Bipartisanship Still Dead

American politics is as polarized as ever, and it shows no signs of changing regardless of who wins in November.

Congress More Futile And Unproductive Than Ever

The first year of the 112th Congress has set a new record for futility.

Where Huntsman Went Wrong

Huntsman’s tactics reinforced his fellow Republicans’ natural skepticism of his candidacy.

Unless You’re In The Military, The President Is Not Your Commander In Chief

Many people seem to have a rather inappropriate view of their relationship to the President of the United States.

What Went Wrong With The GOP

How did Republicans get in this mess?

Republican Foreign Policy Craziness Inherent in the System

My latest for The Atlantic: “Some Reasons Not to Worry About Republican Foreign Policy Craziness”

The End Of America’s Political Parties?

Are America’s political parties become irrelevant?

The Death Of Anwar Al-Awlaki And The Imperial Presidency

Giving the President the unchecked power to kill American citizens raises some serious red flags.

Religious Extremism in America

What are the contours of “mainstream” religious thought in today’s America?

Our Present Crisis: Recession, Depression, Or Something More Fundamental?

The world is likely to get worse before it gets better.

Rick Perry v. Michele Bachmann: Is It Even Really A Contest?

Rick Perry will need to get past Michele Bachmann before he takes on Mitt Romney. But, really, how hard could it be?

Functional Apathy’s Opposite

Steven Metz muses, “Scholars argue that too much political mobilization can make democracies dysfunction. Is that where the US is today?”

Missing The Point: It Doesn’t Matter If Torture “Works”

The debate over “enhanced interrogations” has been renewed by the bin Laden mission, but whether it “worked” or not isn’t the question.

Time To Eliminate The “Natural Born Citizen” Requirement

With all the birther talk these days, it’s probably time to question whether we even need the “natural born citizen” rule anymore.

Campaign Donation Disclosure and Incumbent Backlash

Public disclosure of campaign contributions makes it easier for incumbents to pressure backers of their opponent.

Tucson, Political Rhetoric, And Where We Go From Here

There is a problem with political rhetoric in this country, but telling people to be nicer to each other isn’t going to cool it down.

Jared Loughner And The Sorry State Of Mental Health Care

There’s a lesson to be drawn from the tragedy in Arizona, but it isn’t the one the media is talking about.

“Heated Political Rhetoric” And The Giffords Shooting

The tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others in Arizona has started another debate about political rhetoric. It’s a stupid debate, and it’s utterly pointless.

Thoughts On Partisanship, The Senate, And Filibusters

The abuse of the filibuster is just a symptom of a much wider problem.

Terrorist Plot, Or Entrapment?

Another FBI sting operation results in the arrest of a “terrorist,” or did it create a crime where none existed before?

Alan Simpson Fights Back Against Deficit Commission Critics

Former Senator Alan Simpson is fighting back against the critics on the left and the right who are shooting down the Deficit Commission’s plan before it’s even been released.

Mitch McConnell: Defeating Obama In 2012 Crucial To GOP Agenda

Mitch McConnell made clear today that he’s targeting Barack Obama for defeat in two years.

Where Are the Moderates?

Political pundits love centrism and moderate candidates. But political movements are built on desire for broad change.

Blog Rage

Is angry and violent language which dominates blog comments sections a sign of broader trends in our political culture?

Empathy Deficit

Today’s college students are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Is our political culture to blame?

How Andrew Breitbart, And The Conservative New Media, Failed

Andrew Breitbart is still patting himself on the back for a job well done in the Shirley Sherrod affair. In reality, he failed miserably.