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Quantity Of Candidates Does Not Equal Quality

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Maybe it's not us. Maybe it's the candidates.

This election cycle is thrilling, but not necessarily in a good way. Tuesday's vote in New Hampshire lent support to the theory that both Republican and Democratic base voters have gone rogue. Think about it: The winners, by huge margins, were a billionaire reality-show host who has ...Read more

Rubio's Revealing Loop

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there.

The void behind his prettified rhetoric was stunningly revealed in Saturday night's debate. Rubio sounded like a malfunctioning cyborg as he kept repeating one of his prepared lines.

Asked...Read more

GOP Candidates Slash And Bash

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Heading into New Hampshire, the race for the nomination of the once-genteel Republican Party seems to have entered a kind of Mad Max phase.

It is no surprise that Donald Trump is doing his best to create political mayhem. Trump was uncharacteristically subdued Monday night when he underperformed in Iowa, getting beaten by Ted Cruz...Read more

The Self-Proclaimed Winners Of Iowa

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The only thing missing from Marco Rubio's victory speech Monday night was the victory: In Iowa's Republican caucus, Rubio finished not first, not second, but third. Was he expecting a bronze medal?

Overall, it was a long evening that offered too many declarations of triumph -- I counted four -- and too little clarity about what ...Read more

The Rising Pull Of The 'Change' Candidates

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Whoever wins Monday in Iowa, and whoever eventually wins the presidential nominations, one thing is already clear: Traditional politics and politicians have failed.

That glaring fact is still difficult for the establishments of both parties to grasp. I mean, surely Republicans will realize they cannot possibly nominate a ...Read more

Michael Bloomberg, Come On In

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Just what this presidential campaign needs, another know-it-all billionaire. Whip out your checkbook, Michael Bloomberg, and come on in.

News that the former New York mayor is thinking about entering the race is no surprise, when you think about it. It's well-known that he has long wanted to be president, the one impediment being ...Read more

Palin Takes The GOP Campaign To New Lows

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I love poetic justice. This wild and wacky Republican presidential campaign deserved Sarah Palin, and now it's got her.

Palin's endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump at an Iowa rally this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her deconstruction of the language and...Read more

In Sunday's Debate, The Real Race is Between Bernie and Hillary

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Hillary Clinton wrapped herself so tightly in President Obama's mantle at Sunday night's debate that it was a wonder she could walk off the stage.

She lauded the Affordable Care Act to the heavens, rejecting the notion that it left too many Americans still without health insurance. She defended Obama's initiatives to rein in...Read more

Sanders' Run Is No Fairy Tale

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If you thought the political landscape couldn't be more unsettled, think again. In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders is surging. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest -- one she could lose.

Has there ever been a worse election to be an establishment candidate? ...Read more

Trump Rides A Big Wave Of Disgust

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- For Democrats who might be rooting for Donald Trump, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.

In his campaign, or rampage, Trump has done more than take a sledgehammer to the Republican Party. He almost seems to be reinventing politics in a way that makes both major parties ...Read more

Trump Shifts Birther Gaze To Cruz

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Who says Donald Trump lacks subtlety? The way he's raising "birther" questions about his chief rival for the nomination is worthy of Machiavelli.

"I'd hate to see something like that get in his way," Trump said of the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was born in Canada. Trump referred to the fact that the Constitution says "No ...Read more

The Dividing Lines Of Race, Ethnicity And Religion

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- What do you think the response would be if a bunch of black people, filled with rage and armed to the teeth, took over a federal government installation and defied officials to kick them out? I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be wait-and-see.

Probably more like point-and-shoot.

Or what if the occupiers were Mexican-American? They ...Read more

What Could Go Wrong In 2016?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- You probably noticed that 2015 was pretty weird. But hey, it's a brand new year -- a fresh start, a blank slate, an unwritten script. In 2016, what could possibly go wrong?

Uh, where to begin?

My fingers balk at typing the words "President-elect Trump" because I don't think such a thing will actually happen. But at this point I'm...Read more

The GOP Will Be Changed Forever

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- History will remember 2015 as the year when The Republican Party As We Knew It was destroyed by Donald Trump. An entity called the GOP will survive -- but can never be the same.

Am I overstating Trump's impact, given that not a single vote has been cast? Hardly. I'm not sure it's possible to exaggerate how the Trump phenomenon has...Read more

The Case Of The Disintegrating GOP

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

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Would Cruz Be Any Better Than Trump?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If Ted Cruz is the Republican Party's cure for Donald Trump, the antidote may be worse than the poison.

With polls showing the Texas senator rising to challenge the bombastic billionaire nationwide -- and zooming past him in first-in-the-nation Iowa -- the months-long bromance between the two men seems at an end. Trump raised ...Read more

The Potency Of Trump's Pitchfork Populism

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump became the driving force in American politics by giving voice to anger, fear and resentment that were already there, just below the surface, waiting for their moment and messenger.

At present, Trump's target is any believer in Islam who seeks to enter the United States. Back in June, he launched his campaign with ...Read more

The Long-Term Fight Against Terrorism

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "A cancer that has no immediate cure" was not the most soothing metaphor President Obama could have chosen, but it was the most honest. He has no idea how to prevent another terrorist attack like the one in San Bernardino -- and neither does anyone else, including his Republican critics.

The president used that somber phrase in ...Read more

Another Drop In A Bucket Of Blood

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The common denominator in mass shootings is the use of firearms. Variables such as political ideology, religious fervor and mental illness are motivating factors, but death comes from the gun.

Until our society recognizes that simple truth, the list of place names that recently added Colorado Springs and San Bernardino will have ...Read more

Clean Energy Gathers Steam

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world's biggest economy gets left behind.

President Obama is trying his best to ensure this doesn't happen. He told the world leaders assembled ...Read more


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