E.J. Dionne Jr. / Politics

Culture Wars, Old And New

WASHINGTON -- The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

The idea of a "culture war" was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully ...

Obama: Damn The Torpedoes

WASHINGTON -- "This is good news, people."

With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it's far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to ...

The Community College Cause

WASHINGTON -- Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

My late mother spent most of ...

The Right's Idea Of 'Governance'

WASHINGTON -- This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

That is, in any event, a preposterous standard to hold up as a brand spanking new goal. Isn't governing what ...

Permanent Armageddon

WASHINGTON -- Meg Greenfield, the late Washington Post editorial page editor, counseled against writing in "High C" all the time. By this she meant that an editorialist or columnist who expressed equally noisy levels of indignation about ...

Christmas Joy Without Piety

WASHINGTON -- I once told a favorite pastor of mine that I liked him because he wasn't too pious.

As soon as the words were out there, I wondered if I should have just kept my mouth shut -- I'm not good at that -- since he might have found my ...