Michael Signer

Popularity Contest
September 11, 2012

Merry sweeps aside his best ideas with a torrent of clipped anecdotes, capsule critiques, and synoptic renderings.

The Ironic Populist: How Herman Cain’s Insurgency Marks the Beginning of a New Political Era
November 07, 2011

The conditions haven’t been this ripe for populism for decades. From coast to coast, left to right, an authentic grassroots resentment of our current economic instability is roiling the country. But whether it’s the Tea Party on the right or the Occupy Wall Street protests on the left, we have yet to see the most predictable symptom of such movements—a recognizable populist leader. Last year, the Tea Party auditioned both Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin for this role, but they both sputtered.

Is Donald Trump a Demagogue?
May 07, 2011

Unless you live under a rock, you know Donald Trump is thinking about running for president. His sensational public endeavors—pushing the White House to release President Obama’s long-form birth certificate and, most recently, questioning the authenticity of the president’s academic record—have met with astonishment, outrage, and dismay.