The Plank

Democrats, Don't Dance on Cantor's Grave

Because you'll be digging your own in November.

A Populist Just Kneecapped Eric Cantor. Should Hillary Be Worried?

A populist just kneecapped Eric Cantor over his Wall Street ties. Could the same thing happen to Hillary Clinton?

More Evidence That Obamacare Is Helping
June 11, 2014 Obamacare

We've got some new data on how the Affordable Care Act is playing out in one state. The data looks pretty darn good.

Paul Ryan Can Save Congressional Republicans From Civil War—Here’s How
June 11, 2014 Fallout

As is so often the case, there's a practical way for Republicans to handle the Cantor dilemma, and then there's what hardline conservatives want.

Eric Cantor Didn't Lose Because He's Jewish. But His Religion Has Caused Difficulties in Congress.
June 11, 2014 Politics

Portrayals of Cantor as an awkward grind—as someone who was no fun to be around—carried a whiff of cultural stereotyping.

Eric Cantor Rebranded Himself Out of a Job
June 11, 2014 Politics

The House majority leader's serial reinventions left him with few allies and myriad enemies.

Why Eric Cantor Lost
June 11, 2014 Major Upset

By drawing the right's energy and investment into the GOP, Eric Cantor created impossible expectations, and failed to meet them.

Dave Brat and the Triumph of Rightwing Populism
June 11, 2014 Politics

Dave Brat defeated Eric Cantor by making an appeal to rightwing populism.

Why Didn't the Data Geeks Predict Eric Cantor's Defeat?
June 10, 2014 Politics

Nate Silver and his ilk were as surprised by the Tea Party upset as the rest of us.