The Real Scandal Behind the IRS Controversy
May 13, 2013
It wasn't the agency's targeting of conservative groups, but which of those groups it targeted.
Throw the Bums Out!
March 04, 2013
Why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States.
Is the Fever Breaking?
February 08, 2013
The real Republican divide isn't about those messaging issues discussed by political strategists. It's about policy issues like Medicaid and defense spending, where a divide is emerging between conservatives who want to make a point in a long-term philosophical debate and conservatives who have to govern right now.
Goodbye to the Scott Brown Era
February 01, 2013
Brown's election was supposed to be the beginning of the end for Obama. It turned out to just be the end of the beginning.
Why Tea Party Senior Citizens Love Paul Ryan
August 15, 2012
Most Tea Party members are AARP-eligible. So why aren't they worried that Paul Ryan will do away with their Medicare?
The Debate in Tampa: How Perry's Rivals Are Perfecting Their Attacks on the Frontrunner
September 13, 2011
CNN’s over-produced, odd-couple alliance with the Tea Party produced an unexpected result—the first “Not So Fast, Governor Perry” debate. Direct from Tampa, the site of the 2012 GOP Convention, the debate illustrated Perry’s vulnerabilities as the poll-propelled Republican front-runner. Nothing that happened in Tampa Monday night was so dramatic that it likely will be remembered when the Republicans drench their nominee in confetti and balloons nearly a year from now.
‘Teavangelicals’: How the Christian Right Came to Bless the Economic Agenda of the Tea Party
July 11, 2011
According to received wisdom, the Christian Right is engaged in a tactical alliance with more secular-minded conservatives in the Republican Party. The pairing was established as far back as 1980, when Ronald Reagan made unambiguous support for social-conservative priorities (especially the abolition of abortion rights) GOP orthodoxy and earned the support of conservative evangelicals who had been politically mobilized and then bitterly disappointed by Jimmy Carter.
The Worst Insult in Politics
January 14, 2010
Washington—If you held a contest to pick the worst thing a politician could be called at this moment, my nominee would be Wall Street Liberal. That label has everything. I personally despise the way the noble liberal idea has been devalued, but face it: Conservatives have had great success in discrediting liberalism, to the point that most liberals dare not call themselves by their own name. And what institutions are held in lower esteem right now than those represented by the words "Wall Street"? The left has always disliked Wall Street.
Taking Strategic Differences Seriously
December 17, 2009
In a post yesterday, I argued that some intra-progressive fights reflect ideological differences, particularly over the role of private-sector entities in pursuing progressive policy goals, that need to be taken more seriously, in part because failing to acknowledge them often makes such fights nasty exercises in name-calling and character attacks. There's another broad area where differences of opinion often originate, and that must be understood as well: differing political strategies. Two Examples of Strategic Disconnect Consider two examples: Democratic political operatives and progressive