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The New Politics of Fear

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

PARIS -- French Socialist President Francois Hollande knew which way the winds were blowing. His announcement last week that he would not seek reelection was a response to record-breaking unpopularity. But it also reflects weaknesses haunting the left and center-left throughout the democratic world.

Donald Trump’s victory may thus be ...Read more

Democrats: Skip the Civil War

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are in danger of moving from complacency to panic. Neither is particularly helpful.

The complacency part is obvious: Until about 9 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 8, supporters of Hillary Clinton (myself included) were certain that Donald Trump’s weaknesses among women, nonwhite voters, and younger Americans would ...Read more

An Ethical Double Standard for Trump?

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINTGTON -- Republicans are deeply concerned about ethics in government and the vast potential for corruption stemming from conflicts of interest. We know this because of the acute worries they expressed over how these issues could have cast a shadow over a Hillary Clinton presidency.

“If Hillary Clinton wins this election and they ...Read more

Avoiding Thanksgiving Armageddon

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- In my politically diverse extended family, Thanksgiving was always a happy version of “Crossfire” or “Firing Line,” the occasion for raucous debates over the future of our country. My childhood and early teen years coincided with the 1960s, so the discussions sometimes got bitter.

Bitter, but never devoid of love and ...Read more

What Democrats Owe the Country

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

Senate Democrats think they can hold Donald Trump accountable by challenging him to deliver on issues where he has made populist noises.

Supporters of this strategy insist that offering to work with Trump where he shares Democratic goals is the best way to split the Republican Party or, alternatively, to expose Trump’s flimflam if he ...Read more

Defeating Both Trump And Trumpism

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Although Donald Trump's defeat is a prerequisite to national recovery, the profound damage he has done to our nation will not be wiped away if he loses.

And even if she wins, Hillary Clinton will still be feeling the effects of the multiyear campaign waged by Republicans in Congress to destroy her. The evidence suggests that her ...Read more

Outsiderism's Mysterious Ways

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Will Missouri be the one state next Tuesday that produces an anti-establishment trifecta? And will we ever get to exploring how Donald Trump, who has trafficked with old-style politicians all his life, has gotten away with casting himself as the year's premier outsider?

Missouri was, as recently as 2008, a presidential swing...Read more

Trump Is Not A GOP Aberration

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- The lies and distortions that Donald Trump's campaign messengers deploy to rationalize their candidate's outrageousness are more typical of the last couple of decades of our politics than we'd like to admit.

Especially revealing and infuriating are the efforts to use Al Gore as a human shield against the public indignation Trump ...Read more

Republicans Can't Say They Weren't Warned

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

LAS VEGAS -- Donald Trump went into his third and final debate on the defensive, with Hillary Clinton threatening to poach a string of once loyally Republican states from a man who says he hates losers.

Trump is in danger of being one of his party's biggest losers -- and, as President Obama pointed out on Tuesday, a whiny one at that.

The ...Read more

Could Service Bring Us Together?

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

EDITORS -- E.J. Dionne Jr. plans to file an immediate-release column Monday morning on Sunday night's presidential debate.

WASHINGTON -- After this hellacious election is over, what in the world will we do as a nation to pull ourselves together? At the moment, the polls strongly suggest that we will again vote for a divided government with a ...Read more

As The Nation Splits, So Goes Maine?

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

PORTLAND, Maine -- "As Maine goes, so goes the nation." It was a popular slogan about American politics until the 1936 presidential election. Alf Landon, the Republican nominee, carried Maine that year against Franklin D. Roosevelt -- and only one other state.

James Farley, an FDR political maestro, rewrote the slogan: "As Maine goes, so goes ...Read more

How Trump Corrupts The GOP

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has tried for months to walk a high wire on the vexing subject of Donald Trump. This week, she fell off.

Her tumble, on what most of us would see as an easy question about whether Trump should be regarded as a "role model," came during a debate Monday night with Gov. Maggie Hassan, her Democratic ...Read more

Clinton Shifts The Election In Her Direction

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump scowled and fumed and fussed and interrupted. On Monday night, he was forced to defend business practices that involved not paying workers and contractors, a tax plan that offers most of its benefits to the wealthy, the fact that he did not pay any federal taxes in some years (which he called "smart") and the debt ...Read more

Americans Are Deciding For The World

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Like it or not, the decision we make in this November's election will be a choice on behalf of the entire world. How we vote will determine whether the forces of democracy, openness and religious tolerance remain strong, or whether our country throws in its lot with tribalism, prejudice and authoritarianism.

This sounds like ...Read more

Debate Moderators Shouldn't Duck

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- I don't envy Lester Holt. No matter what he does in the first presidential debate, he'll be denounced. But this certainty should be liberating. If you know the brickbats will come one way or the other, you might as well do the right thing.

But is there a "right thing" that doesn't coincide with someone's political agenda? That is ...Read more

This Election's Faith-Based Candidate

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- This is the inversion election, a contest in which so many of our familiar mental categories have been turned upside down.

This year, it's the Republican presidential candidate who says the United States isn't great anymore and the Democrat who insists it is. The Republican says that the former KGB agent now presiding over Russia ...Read more

The Corrupt One Is Trump

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Better than anyone, Donald Trump made the case for why our campaign money system is rotten. Unsurprisingly, the prime example he used was himself.

"I was a businessman," Trump explained at a Republican debate in August 2015. "I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them two years ...Read more

Why Clinton Republicans Matter

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Not since Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign has there been such widespread public disavowal by Republicans of their party's nominee. The Hillary Clinton Republicans will be one of the most important legacies of the 2016 campaigns.

The question is whether they will constitute the forward end of a political realignment, or just a one-...Read more

In Search Of Humble Prophets

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Over the last several decades, those who view religion with respect regularly come back to the same question: What has happened to the religious intellectuals, the thinkers taken seriously by nonbelievers as well as believers?

In this increasingly secular time, a natural follow-up question ratifies the point of the original query:...Read more

Trump's Bannon Bomb

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- If you thought the old Donald Trump campaign was wild and crazy, just wait for the new Trump campaign now that Breitbart's Steve Bannon has taken over as chief executive.

The new leadership -- with Bannon and pollster Kellyanne Conway displacing Paul Manafort of the Ukranian Connection at the top of the heap -- is likely to steer ...Read more

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