Category: Politics

Defining Political Success

In politics, there’s certainly a sense in which the best measure of success is elections won vs. elections lost, and so it can be honestly said that the Republican Party is currently more successful than they’ve been at any time…

The Dying Republican Base

The unexpected increase in premature deaths in the white community over the last couple of decades is an increasingly hot topic, and every time it comes up, people note that white people (even working class rural white Americans) still live…

Want a Revolution? Join a Party

Here in Pennsylvania, you cannot participate in the primaries unless you are registered as either a Democrat or Republican, and this provides an incentive for people to ‘join’ a party even if they’d really rather not. In recent years, the…

How Obama Destroyed the Republican Party

When President Obama invited the congressional Republicans to Blair House to discuss his comprehensive health care reform bill on February 25th, 2010, he had a variety of motives. Despite passing the Affordable Care Act through the House on November 7th,…

Who’s Insensitive?

They criticized the president for attending a baseball game after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, but look at what the Republican frontrunner was doing: Trump has been at the center of many of the campaign’s most vitriolic moments. The real…

There’s No Nixon to Save Us?

Columbia Professor Todd Gitlin provides a broadly accurate history of the resurrection of Richard Nixon in the context of the populist uprising presented by then-Alabama Governor George Wallace. Much of this piece is contentious in its fine details, but not…

What Really Made the Right Crazy

It seems like a lot of people are observing the psychiatric wreckage of the American right and wondering out loud if the president bears any special responsibility for this emotional crackup. It got to the point last week that Obama…