Category: Politics

Lafayette and the Disunited States

In the November/December issue of the Washington Monthly, journalist Chris Heller has a review of a new book on Lafayette. Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is “more an extended essay than a book.” She is not a…

How Powerful is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

Is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “the single most influential organization in American politics, outside the Republican and Democratic Parties’ apparatuses” as journalist Alyssa Katz contends in her new book, The Influence Machine, or is it just a very powerful…

Leading from Behind

I know she has her detractors, but Hillary Clinton has had a long and distinguished political career and seems to be on the cusp of having it culminate with the ultimate triumph and at least one term in the Oval…

Confusing Swing State Polling

The new swing state poll of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania by Quinnipiac is just confusing. Sen. Rob Portman looks headed to defeat while Gov. John Kasich is more popular than ever. Sen. Pat Toomey looks like he’ll skip to a…

Demagogues and Majority Opinion

I don’t know about you, but it annoys me when I learn that a quote I treasure has been misattributed or told with the wrong phrasing. So, it’s hard for me to give up the idea that P.T. Barnum said…

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s End Zone Dance

There are two things I absolutely love about this Politico column by Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. The first is that I cannot remember a sitting member of Congress or any elected official, really, ever coming right out and admitting…