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Donald Trump and the Outstate Midwest Redraw the Partisan Lines

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Would any Republican besides Donald Trump have beaten Hillary Clinton and been elected the 45th president? It's an interesting question, not susceptible to a definitive answer but with consequences for politics going forward.

Last fall, I shared the widespread view that Clinton was the only Democrat who could lose to Trump and Trump was the ...Read more

Will Donald Trump Do for Infrastructure What He Did for Wollman Rink?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In May 1986, a 39-year-old Manhattan real estate developer named Donald Trump promised to get Wollman Rink in Central Park up and running -- something the city government, despite spending $13 million, had failed to do for six years. Trump delivered, ahead of time and under a $3 million budget.

The 70-year-old president-elect surely remembers ...Read more

The Arc of History Doesn't Always Bend Toward Justice

From the Right / Michael Barone /

History is on our side. That's a claim Barack Obama has made frequently, in his two successful campaigns for president and during his nearly eight years in office. It's a claim that looks a little shakier this Thanksgiving holiday than it did during the Halloween holiday three weeks ago.

Obama has frequently paraphrased a statement made by ...Read more

The Not-Yet-Emerging Democratic Majority

From the Right / Michael Barone /

What is to become of the Democratic Party? The world's oldest political party, which traces its roots to 1792, is in as dire straits as it has ever been.

It has lost a presidential election most of its followers expected to win. It failed to win a Senate majority, gaining just two seats in a year when it had nearly a dozen plausible targets. ...Read more

Clinton's Dishonesty Costs Her the Midwest -- and the Election

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Hillary Clinton lost the election in the Midwest. Donald Trump won 50 Midwestern electoral votes that went to Barack Obama in 2012 -- Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio -- plus 20 more in Pennsylvania, where the two-thirds of voters beyond metro Philadelphia are Midwestern in culture and concerns. Trump could have lost Florida and still won.

In...Read more

The New Key to Immigration Reform: More High-Skilled Immigrants

From the Right / Michael Barone /

One of the issues President-elect Donald Trump says he wants Congress to act on is immigration. That's not entirely surprising, given that he spotlighted just that issue, in incendiary terms, after gliding down that escalator in the Trump Tower and announcing he was running 17 months ago.

Last week, when many assumed Hillary Clinton would be ...Read more

Donald Trump's Astounding Victory: How and Why

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Astounding. That's the best word to describe the tumultuous election night and the (to most people) surprise victory of Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton hoped to win with votes of Northeasterners, including those who have moved south along Interstate 95 to North Carolina and Florida (44 electoral votes). Instead, Trump won with votes along the I-94...Read more

2016: The Demise of Small 'r' Republican Politics

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Among the many complaints I have seen about this squalid presidential election -- the most dismal choice of major-party nominees since 1856 -- there's one that I find missing: that it shows how our politics have become less republican.

That's republican with a small r, in contrast to royalist. This is not an entirely new trend, but it is one ...Read more

Is Team Clinton Booting the Election?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In my Nov. 1 column, I looked at the presidential election through the lens of the old children's radio show "Let's Pretend" -- examining how things would look if it turned out that Donald Trump ends up winning.

That would have required lots of pretending until recently. Two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton led Trump by 6 percent in the ...Read more

Let's Play 'Let's Pretend'

From the Right / Michael Barone /

When I was a child, there was a Saturday morning radio program called "Let's Pretend." It used words and sounds to encourage young children to paint pictures in their heads of make-believe worlds.

So in that spirit, let's pretend that history will show Donald Trump as being elected president Nov. 8. That result is hard to imagine for anyone who...Read more

So Far, Trump Not Sinking Down-Ballot Republicans

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Could a flailing Donald Trump campaign hurt down-ballot Republicans and cost the party majorities in the Senate and House? That seems possible, if he loses to Hillary Clinton by a margin similar to those in most current polls and if Americans keep on straight-ticket voting as they have increasingly in recent years.

The trend is startling. In ...Read more

The Politics These Two Unpopular Nominees Hath Wrought

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In last week's third and (thank goodness) final presidential debate, each candidate did an excellent job of presenting convincing arguments for why people shouldn't vote for the other.

Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a felon, and Clinton called Trump a traitor. Unfortunately for America, there is plenty of basis for the former charge and ...Read more

Despite Trump, Demotic Protest Politics Doesn't Always Fail

From the Right / Michael Barone /

2016 has been a big year for protest politics -- not just in the United States, what with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump getting over 40 percent of primary votes, but also all over Europe and Latin America, where voters have been rejecting the advice of their nations' political, financial and media establishments.

Two prime examples were in ...Read more

Which Party Will Hold the Senate and House?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Which party is going to control the House and hold a majority in the Senate in January 2017? Even if you regard the presidential contest as over -- a proposition for which there is powerful evidence, including Donald Trump's current campaign message choices -- the answers to those questions are, respectively, mildly and very unclear.

The Trump ...Read more

Donald Trump's Invisible Shackles

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to," Donald Trump tweeted at the reasonable hour of 10 a.m. on Tuesday.


There were no visible shackles on Trump when he launched his several-news-cycles-long assaults on Judge Gonzalo Curiel in May, Khizr Khan and his family in July...Read more

Will Trump Make a Race of It in the Debates?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In the midst of the most debate-heavy week of the fall campaign season, with the vice presidential debate last Tuesday and the second presidential debate Sunday, let's look at what remains uncertain about this year's bizarre contest.

For those of you who are reading this column after Sunday night, the first and largest uncertainty will be ...Read more

Robin Hood Economics Falls Flat in Debates

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Robin Hood is dead. Or at least seriously ailing. The politics of taking from the rich and giving to the poor -- the politics that philosophers from Aristotle to James Madison dreaded -- just doesn't seem to be working as it used to.

That's not to say that the United States is about to give up on progressive taxation. With its graduated income ...Read more

Voters Reject John Lennon's 'World as One'

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"The president believes the world will be a better place if all borders are eliminated -- from a trade perspective, from the viewpoint of economic development and in welcoming people from other cultures and countries."

That's a paraphrase of a speech former President Bill Clinton made only months after leaving office, on Sept. 10, 2001, in ...Read more

What the Debate Tells About How Candidates Would Govern

From the Right / Michael Barone /

You've heard and read by now lots of spin and speculation about who won and where the polls are going to move after Monday's presidential debate. We'll know the answers to these questions soon. The more important question for the long run is how each of these candidates would govern. The debate provides no certain answers to that question, but ...Read more

Domestic Migration (Mostly) Explains a Generation of Partisan Changes

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Let's step back, as we approach the first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, and look back to try to understand how voting patterns have changed over a generation, by comparing the 2012 presidential results with those of 1988 -- keeping in mind possible shifts since 2012 suggested by 2016 polling.

My thesis is that changes in states' ...Read more

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