Trump’s Second Term

The NYT is going all-in painting it as “far more radical, vindictive and unchecked” than the first.

A Modest Racial Realignment

Explaining the inexplicable.

The Limits of Ideology

John Fetterman says he’s not a progressive.

The Last of the Young Guns

We won’t have Kevin to kick around any more.

Two GOPs

A policy-leaning wing and a political-leaning wing make for an unworkable coalition.

Far Right Politics Spreading Across the West

The trend shows no sign of abating.

Political Polarization and Marriage

Young Americans are increasingly ruling out those of the other party.

Chris Sununu 2024

Does a successful, moderate governor stand any chance in today’s GOP?

It’s Good to Be Clarence Thomas

The questionable ethics of living a lavish lifestyle based on high office.

Republicans Divided on Foreign Policy

As memory of the Cold War fades, so does support for American primacy.

The Chaos is the Point

The anti-McCarthy holdouts have no end game.

GOP Clown Show Continues

After two days of futility, a deal is coming together to make futility permanent.

Zealots and Pluralists

A moderate Republican almost diagnoses the problem.

Richard Shelby and the Old Senate

“You can’t be against everything.”

No Room for Palin in Party She Remade?

What to make of her second straight loss?

The Centrist Fantasy

Can moderate Republicans take back their party?

Republican Governors Don’t Like Trump

Alas, it probably doesn’t matter.

Pelosi Attack a Turning Point?

What will it take to end the cycle of violence?

Private vs Public Opinion

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

Dems in Midterms: You’re Saying There’s a Chance?

A 2020 blowout has long been presumed. But maybe it won’t happen.

‘Don’t Tread on Me’ License Plates

States are sponsoring an increasingly controversial image.

Democrats Funding MAGA Primary Candidates

Hardball politics or dirty pool?

I love taxes police money Euros I love taxes police money Euros

Coming IRS Crackdown?

The Schumer-Manchin compromise includes a massive increase in the tax collection budget.

Replacing Biden in 2024?

From the Cliché File.

Unity My Ass

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

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

We know a lot less about the motives of spree killers than the public discourse suggests.

On American Parties

More on primaries with a foray into Madison and the general politics of power-seekers and incentives.

Mike Lee’s Texts

He was clearly willing to subvert the election.

House Democrats Retiring in Droves

Twenty-three and counting will not run in 2022.

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Trump, the GOP, and Stochastic Terrorism

A conversation in two parts.

Republicans Playing Chicken with Debt Ceiling. Again.

They shall not submit to blackmail!

The 1% are Paying Slightly Less Tax Than They Owe!

An interesting but rather misleading report from a Biden Treasury official.

Allen West Announces Gubernatorial Bid

He will challenge Greg Abbott for the GOP nomination.

Ohio, Trump, and the Primaries

Thinking about party evolution and behavior going into 2022.

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.

Republican Split with Big Business Greatly Exaggerated

Look at who’s lined up against H.R. 1.

A New Conservative Party?

Some marginal Republican formers are thinking about maybe doing somethingoranother.

The Leaderless GOP

The Republican Party is not really a thing.

The Centrality of Nominations

American political parties are controlled by the primaries.

Return of the Technocrats? Or Sinking in the Swamp?

Policy wonks are seeing a refreshing return to the normal order. Some believe that’s a bad thing.

Freedom, Security, and Insurrection

The aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riots runs into the First Amendment,

‘Stop the Steal’ Founder ‘in Hiding’

A one-time denizen of Blogger’s Row at CPAC has come a long way.

A GOP Break-Away isn’t Coming

There won’t be a Lincoln Party. It isn’t sustainable.

Party of Grievance

Not of governance.

Trump Gaining Black and Hispanic Voters

Some surprising poll numbers.

Comparative Approval Ratings

Is Trump really an outlier?

10-Term Congressman William Lacy Clay Ousted

Yet another incumbent has lost his primary contest.

The Eva Murry Allegation

Another allegation of Biden misbehavior that is another category altogether.