Should We Be More Like China?

I’m continually shocked when demonstrably bright and accomplished people fall in love with authoritarian states.

A Democracy Fail In Virginia

The vast majority of the seats in the Virginia legislature will not even be contested this November.

Majority Of Republicans Support A Third Party

For the first time, a majority of Republicans support creation of a third political party. Does it really mean anything?

Beyond “Liberal” And “Conservative”: A New Political Typology

The Pew Center is out with a new political typology.

Is There Anything That Washington Can Do About Gas Prices? Not Really

Congress is coming back to Washington and gas prices continue to rise. Expect a lot of demagoguery, but very little in the way of solutions.

Obama Administration Lobbied Standard & Poor’s Not To Lower Debt Outlook

Standard & Poor’s didn’t believe the Obama Administration’s argument that Washington would be able to fix the deficit. There’s no reason they should have.

Rand Paul: Both Sides Will Have To Compromise To Reach A Budget Deal

One of the Tea Party movement’s favorite Senators used the dreaded c-word.

Francis Fukuyama on Origins of Government

Francis Fukuyama: “In the developed world, we take the existence of government so much for granted that we sometimes forget how difficult it was to create.”

Political Derangement Syndrome

Whenever I despair at the current state of the Republican Party, I remind myself that things aren’t much better across the aisle.

Paul Ryan Unveils Plan To Cut Federal Spending By $6 Trillion Over Ten Years

Paul Ryan unveiled an ambitious plan to cut the deficit today. The question is whether it will be the beginning of a debate, or an opportunity for Democratic demagoguery

Foreign Policy and Elections

Politicians in office have a nasty habit of behaving completely differently than they promise on the campaign trail.

Nearly 2/3 Of Americans Say Afghan War No Longer Worth Fighting

Public support for the war in Afghanistan continues to plummet, but will that hurt the President when 2012 rolls around?

Ten Days to a New Egyptian Constitution?

Ten days is not a lot of time for constitutional reform.

President Obama Drops The Ball On Deficit Reduction

President Obama’s new budget involves nothing less than a thumb in the eye of anyone who hoped he would seriously address federal spending in his first term.

Mubarak Out? Yes, But Not Necessarily Right Away

Hosni Mubarak may hang on to some semblance of power longer than many expected in the middle of last weeks chaos, mostly because there are few other alternatives right now.

Cocktail Party Fallacy

Is the only possible motivation conservatives could possibly have for calling out the lunatic fringe a desire for the acceptance of liberals?

The End Appears Nigh for Mubarak

The Egyptian army has publicly ruled out a use of force.

Compressing History

Revolutions don’t happen over a weekend.

SOTU Reaction: Both Parties Ignore The Debt Monster

If you watched last night’s State Of The Union Address, you wouldn’t have had any idea just how serious a problem we’re facing.

Idaho Resurrects Discredited Idea Of Nullification In Health Care Reform Battle

Republicans in Idaho are talking about resurrecting the foolish and discredited idea of nullification as a weapon in the fight against ObamaCare.

American Voters Continue Their Perpetual Fiscal Immaturity

We won’t be able to solve our fiscal problems until the American people grow up. So far, there are no signs of that happening.

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.

Of Blizzards And Political Firestorms

Cory Booker, Michael Bloomberg, and Chris Christie have been in the news this week due to the political fallout over their handling of the East Coast blizzard.

Americans Discontent, Nervous About Economy, And Unsure Of Republicans

A new poll shows that the American public is discontented, nervous about the economy, not entirely sure they can trust the new GOP majority in Congress, and has no idea what it wants from Washington. Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

More on No Labels

More on the No Labels label problem.

A Quick Word or Two for the No Labels Folks.

Has anyone told Mike Bloomberg that “No Labels” is, well, a label?

Michael Bloomberg Says He Isn’t Running For President

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he isn’t running for President, but he’s sure acting like a guy who’s at least thinking about it.

Are You Better Off Than You Were Two Years Ago?

As things stand right now, the dynamics don’t look good for President Obama in 2012

Debt Commission Draft Report Calls For Spending Cuts, And Tax Increases

The Chairmen of the National Debt Commission have released a draft report for consideration. It’s got some very good ideas, but it’s most likely Dead On Arrival.

Realignment Elections

While Matt Yglesias is right that talk about “Realignment” after a single election is ridiculous, there have indeed been realigning elections in U.S. history.

No Permanent Victories in American Politics

Pundits and partisans constantly overreact to the momentary mood expressed in a single election. The Republicans have already rebounded from 2008. The Democrats will recover from 2010.

Cell Phones and Election Polls

The growing number of cell-phone-only households gives Democrats hope that the polls are undercounting them.

When It Comes To Ideological Purity, Democrats Can Be As Dumb As Republicans

A call for ideological purity in the Democratic Party in today’s New York Times demonstrates that Democrats can be just as foolish as Republicans.

Voters Want a Third Party

54% of Americans want an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. The question remains as to what kind of third party they want.

Conservative Coalition Launching $ 50 Million Pre-Election Ad Blitz

A group of conservative activists is planning a last minute ad blitz that could help put several Republican challengers over the top.

Will A Republican Congress Impeach President Obama ?

Will a Republican-controlled Congress bring about the third Presidential Impeachment in American history? Jonathan Chait thinks it’s virtually certain that it will, I’m not so sure.

Change in American Political Parties

If the Republicans win back Congress in November, it will be largely unearned. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no incentive for change in American politics.

Harnessing The Tea Party

Support for the Tea Party is at record levels but that movement does not have a coherent policy platform. Can the energy be harnessed to good use?

Tea Party Popularity

Yes, the Tea Party is popular compared to the Democrats and Republicans.

Playing The Gender Card In The O’Donnell Backlash

At least one Christine O’Donnell supporter thinks that Republicans who aren’t jumping on are bandwagon are doing so because of her gender.

Political Blogger Avoids Politics

Is it odd that a political blogger dislikes actual political involvement ? No, not really.

Should Conservatives Be Embarrassed?

A growing number of conservatives are in dismay about the state of their movement.

Against the Electoral College II: Not As Framers Intended

In the first entry in this series we looked at a basic question of democratic theory. In this one, we look at whether the EC ever worked as the Framers intended.

In Defense Of The Electoral College

The Electoral College is the worst way to elect a President, except for all the others.

Democrats More Extreme Than Republicans

Republicans are much closer to America’s political center than Democrats.