Oz Shifts Strategy for the General

Pay no attention to the endorsement behind the candidate.

Herschel Walker and the Perils of Celebrity Candidates

More ugly revelations about the football hero turned politician.

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).

Democrats Don’t Control the Senate

Another day, another disappointment for the party’s legislative agenda.

Maybe Susan Collins Isn’t The Best Judge Of Character

The Senator from Maine once against demonstrates that she shouldn’t be prognosticating about people’s future actions.

The free high-resolution photo of wood, play, monument, statue, product, sad, sculpture, art, thinker, bronze, carving, patience, holzfigur, consider, bronze sculpture, question mark, at a loss , taken with an unknown camera 02/07 2017 The picture taken with The image is released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. The free high-resolution photo of wood, play, monument, statue, product, sad, sculpture, art, thinker, bronze, carving, patience, holzfigur, consider, bronze sculpture, question mark, at a loss , taken with an unknown camera 02/07 2017 The picture taken with The image is released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.

A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

Professional Politicians Poor Prognosticators

Mitch McConnell and other senior Republican Senators foolishly believed their colleagues would do the right thing.

Utah Democrats Back Republican Evan McMullin in Bid to Unseat Trumper Mike Lee

Seeing no way to win under their own label, they’ve called a Hail Mary.

Orrin Hatch, 1934-2022

The longest-serving Republican Senator has died at the age of 88.

Feinstein is Declining But What About Tuberville

A twist on an evergreen debate.

Joe Manchin’s Conflict of Interest

The most important man in the Senate got rich the old fashioned way.

Supreme Court Confirmations and Political Polarization

The days of unanimous votes are long behind us.

The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body

A hundred Senators actually didn’t mean to change our clocks.

Permanent Daylight Saving Time?

We may be on the verge half a century after our last experiment.

Why Would Anyone Want to be a Senator?

Two popular Republican governors have declined a chance to join the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

A Modest Step on Voting Integrity

It’s Manchin-approved.

Republican Vote Needed to Confirm Biden Justice?

New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Luján is hospitalized with a stroke.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

Justice Stephen Breyer Justice Stephen Breyer

The Breyer Patch

The 83-year-old Justice is playing a dangerous game.

Manchin Shoots BBB Dead, Dead, Dead

The West Virginia Senator has taken the football from Charlie Brown and gone home.

The Non-ending Joe Manchin Saga

Is the stalwart of Senate bipartisanship interested in governing?

Democrats Frustrated They Can’t Pass Biden’s Build Back Better Bill

They’re searching for good times. But just wait and see.

Defense Bill Stalled Over Amendments

Every now and again, it’s not Mitch McConnell’s fault.

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

This man is the face of the post-Trump party.

Max Cleland, 1942-2021

The Vietnam War hero and one-term Georgia Senator has died at 79.

Minority Power in the Senate

Senator Romney and the latest edition of the senatorial pro-filibuster op/ed.

President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room. President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room.

Biden: Democrats Have Reached a Deal

$1.75 trillion ain’t $3.5 trillion but it’s something.

Manchin in a Nutshell

The West Virginia Senator is the epicenter of contemporary American politics.

The Power of Mythology

It does not create better deliberation.

Canada and Single-Seat Plurality Elections

Canada has more parties than the US, but still suffers representation problems due to FPTP elections.

What’s Kyrsten Sinema’s Game?

The political calculus of Arizona’s senior Senator is unclear.

Manchin’s ‘Strategic Pause’

More machinations from the mischievous mining mouthpiece.

There is No ‘Manchin Dilemma’

He beats the alternative.

One Child, One Vote

J.D. Vance’s cynical suggestion.

Money and Intra-Party Competition

More in a series of ongoing observations about the GOP primaries.

Democrats Increasingly Frustrated with Congress

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

Party-Switching and the Senate

Are Sinema and Machin going to jump ship?

Sinema’s Filibuster Defense

It’s no better than Joe Manchin’s.

Book Review: Kill Switch

Discussing the filibuster.

Virginia’s Weird Politics

The Commonwealth is much more diverse than national election returns might indicate.

Texas Democrats Deny Quorum, Delay Elections Bill

A special session looms. (And how this is not like the filibuster in the US Senate).

Bipartisan Commission Dies From Lack of Bipartisanship

The country is in peril.

Joe Manchin’s Houseboat

The flagship of the centrist Navy is both a throwback and a sign of what’s wrong with the Senate.

Joe Manchin’s Weird Filibuster Defense

It doesn’t work like the movies, Senator.

Georgia Passes New Election Law

It makes voting harder.

Manchin Supports Tax Hike for Infrastructure

While progressives in the party are often frustrated with the West Virginia Senator, he is demonstrating yet again that he’s no Republican.

Duckworth and Hirono Holding Biden Nominees Hostage

Appoint more Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Or else!

Biden First Since Reagan to Get All Cabinet Picks Confirmed

The seemingly unremarkable event hadn’t happened in four decades.