Category: Politics

The Strange Case of Alissa Starzak

I like to peruse the roll call votes in Congress from time to time, although it’s a much less interesting practice than it used to be. Last night, I noticed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had actually allowed someone…

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…