A Key Role of Parties

Top Four likely makes things worse.

Takeaways From the Takeaways

It’s not all about Trump.

Podcast Recommendation (Plus: More on US Democracy)

Ezra Klein discusses the dynamics of American conservatism in historical perspective. Plus, he helps illustrate a key problem that we have in thinking about American politics (IMHO).

A Key Aspect of the Ginni Thomas Story

Beyond who her spouse is, the texts to Meadows reveal a deeply concerning situation.

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

When Concern Trolling, Always Check For Unintended Uncomfortable Parallelisms

It’s always a good idea to reread a text before referencing it, especially if you’re a history Ph.D. like Newt Gingrich

Abbott and the Border Wall

The governor of Texas vows to finish what Trump started.

The Phony-Tough and Crazy-Brave

Violence, masculinity, and American politics.

Patriots Leave Fox After Patriot Purge

Two NeverTrump Republicans have had enough.

Youngkin, GOP Sweep Virginia

It’s usually more effective to run for something rather than against someone.

Most Politics Is National

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

Newsom Easily Survives Recall

The flake beat the weirdo.

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 Reality Show Party?

Another R/D cleavage?

The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

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.

Republican Leadership Face Tests with Cheney and Greene

Mitch McConnell is testing out his spine again.

The Pendulum Is Broken, Not Swinging

Historical precedents fall apart when we’re in a truly unprecedented time.

The GOP Isn’t Dead. It’s Resting.

The GOP, alas, is not going anywhere.

The Centrality of Nominations

American political parties are controlled by the primaries.

Patriotism Re-ennobled

President Biden masterfully used the pageantry of the day to shatter the self-asserted Trumpian monopoly on patriotism.

Will the GOP Fracture?

Will there be in-fighting? Yes. A break-up? No.

Republican Leaders Rallying to Impeach Trump

Some key GOP figures are at least testing the waters.

The end of the line

We’ve shouldn’t be surprised we’ve arrived at this destination.

Democrats Win Georgia Runoff, Likely to Take Senate

Kamala Harris will be very, very busy the next two years.

Kemp Feels the Wrath of Trumpism

The Georgia governor and his family are under attack because he did his job.

The Scouring Of The Shire

Saruman’s rigid arrogance ultimately made him pathetic. Sound familiar?

The Fascism Is Here To Stay

While the authoritarian threat recedes, the fascist threat remains.

GOP Fracturing Over Trump

While many are congratulating President-Elect Biden, too many are still following a loser.

Will This Be The End Of False Equivalency?

The press’ abandonment of Bothsiderism is decades overdue.

President Donald J. Trump greets guests on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) President Donald J. Trump greets guests on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

A Repudiation After All?

The early reaction was premature.

Election Thoughts

A lot to think about, not a lot of conclusions.

The Great Disappointment

‘Anonymous’ Still Anonymous

Some guy you never heard of is the guy.

Who’ll Control the Senate?

Forecasters give Democrats better than even odds of a majority.

Let’s Drop The “Proto” Already

American fascism is on parade, right now.

Tuberville Beats Sessions for AL GOP Senate Nomination

Tommy Tuberville is likely the next Senator from the state of Alabama.

Larry Hogan 2024

Could a blue state governor be the future of the Republican Party?

No, Biden Shouldn’t Name His Cabinet Now

There’s very little upside.

The NYT’s Dual Endorsement

The paper of record endorsed both Warren and Klobuchar

Donald Trump’s Supporters Are Living In #Cult45

The Republican Party is a cult with Donald Trump at the center and his ardent supporters are brainwashed cult members.

The End of Consensus

A conservative columnist argues the legitimacy of our system is in question.

The Post-Trump GOP Will Not Go Back To ‘Normal’

Contrary to the hopes of some, getting rid of Trump isn’t going to purge the GOP of Trumpism.

Pursuing Impeachment Is A Moral Imperitive

The time for sitting on the sidelines is over. Donald Trump cannot be allowed to get away with his usurpation of power, his disdain for the law, or his continued policies that have damaged the country.

You Can’t Accept Part Of Trumpism Without Endorsing The Entirety Of Trumpism

Donald Trump is a complete package, you can’t support part of it without at least implicitly endorsing all of it.

Donald Trump, Great Britain, And The Special Relationship

The Trump Era is raising doubts about many things, including America’s most important alliance.