The Left’s ‘Hamburger Problem’ Is Not Going Away
Progressives have a problem: They ladle unto every decision, even the most mundane and trifling one, an unattractive glop of gooey political significance. They can’t resist warning the rest of us that we’re abetting the destruction of the …
The End of the Grand Bargain
Is there any more tragic figure in American politics than John Boehner? A career politician to end all career politicians, stuck in an impossible and thankless job, criticized by both the Left and the Right, harboring forever an unachievable dream, …
New Polls Show Party Polarization on Abortion
Last month, Gallup released its annual poll on abortion attitudes in the United States, showing that 46 percent of Americans identify as “pro-life and 49 percent identify as “pro-choice.” In the 1990s and early 2000s, the pro-life position made some impressive gains …
Update Your Scorecards on Recent Threats of Political Violence
I’m not asking for much, Democrats. I’d just like a handful of elected officials to say something along the lines of, “while we strongly oppose the Trump administration’s agenda, we would prefer those who stand with us to use terms …
The DCCC’s Tone-Deaf Bumper Stickers Leave Democrats Facing Reelection on their Own
Despite its paltry record of achievement thus far, the GOP can breathe a sigh of relief for now. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just emailed supporters with its latest bumper sticker designs and slogans, and they’re about as edgy …
Memory Lane, with Billy J.
It is not like me to bring up Bill Clinton’s State of the Union addresses. I lived through them once — year by year — and am not eager to re-live them. The most famous line, at least in …
After Another Special-Election Loss, Chances for a Democratic Comeback Look Grim
The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round April 18, and Democrats had …
How Badly Do Democrats Really Want to Defeat Trump?
I wrote about this question today in the context of the Georgia special election:
There’s no doubt that Democrats want to watch TV programs that excoriate the president. They want to give money to candidates opposing him. They want …
Finding the Way Back on Immigration Isn’t Going to Be Easy for Democrats
Can the Democrats find a sane stance on immigration? I’m not so sure. In an article at The Atlantic, Peter Beinart eloquently shows how Democrats have drifted farther from a mainstream point of view on this issue. In the …
0-4 and an About-Face: Democrats Suddenly Believe Ossoff No Longer Matters
He was a candidate on whom it would be worth risking millions. He was a messianic, baby-faced neophyte slated to stage a Macron-esque takeover of Georgia’s sixth congressional district in the #Resistance’s first great blow to Trump’s America. CNN’…
Texas Democrats have a rich fantasy life.
“Dennis Quaid or Eva Longoria for Senate?” asked the Texas Standard, a liberal radio program based in Austin. “Tommy Lee Jones for governor?” Texas Democrats, the gentleman on the radio declared, are “looking …
Sanders, Ossoff, and the Hopeless Dream of a Religious Left
The religious Left is tired of being marginalized. In recent months, several faith leaders have redoubled their efforts to create a meaningful movement that can undermine the religious Right and oppose President Trump’s agenda.
Reverend William J. Barber II …
Misunderestimating the Democrats
In this analysis of the Cleveland Indians, Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight shows how they’re a better team than their win–loss record so far. A key team stat of theirs that figures into his calculations is their Pythagorean expectation, …
23 Democrats Move to Remove Trump from Office
Twenty-three House Democrats have publicly co-sponsored a bill that would create an oversight committee to facilitate ousting President Trump on the basis that he is unfit to carry out his presidential duties, as per Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. The …
On Economic Issues, Both the GOP and the Democrats Lack Credibility
Liberal writers and political operatives, now that it’s finally dawning on them that no one is going to find evidence that Donald Trump conspired with Russia to steal the presidential election, are turning to giving advice to the Democratic …
Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Sinking Democratic Brand
A lack of self-confidence is not one of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s problems. But Pelosi’s unabashed use of open threats and her death grip on power are a very big problem for her party.
Pelosi’s performance …
A Democratic Blind Spot on Culture
How much do Democrats really want to defeat Donald Trump?
It’s worth asking in the wake of the latest Democratic failure to notch an electoral victory for the resistance, this time in the Georgia special election.
There’s no …
The Democrats’ Resistance Temptation
In retrospect, it’s clear that Democrats invested too heavily in the special election in Georgia’s sixth district. Despite an attractive centrist candidate, enough money to launch a small war, and the millstone of President Donald Trump’s White …
‘They Are Never Talking about Issues Like Russia’
“Our brand is worse than Trump.”
That quote from Ohio Democratic representative Tim Ryan in the New York Times is going to get a lot of attention; for Republicans it’s a reason for glee and for Democrats, a devastating …
You’ve Earned a Little Victory Dance This Morning, GOP!
Go ahead and do a little dance this morning, Republicans!
Watch to see if the conventional wisdom on Jon Ossoff as a candidate changes quickly. (I can’t tell whether Jonah is serious when he refers to Ossoff as a ‘…