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How History Shapes the New Hampshire Primary

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Benning Wentworth is not a name you'll run across in New Hampshire primary coverage. But he arguably did as much as anyone else to establish the political culture -- or cultures -- of America's first-in-the-nation primary state.

Wentworth was governor of New Hampshire from 1741 to 1766, the longest-serving colonial governor, and with his ...Read more

Probing for Clues in the Iowa Caucus Numbers

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Now that the results of last Monday's Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Will Donald Trump fail once again to receive the percentage he's getting in polls? Will Marco Rubio build on his close third-place Iowa finish to overshadow rivals Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie, who have ...Read more

Republican Debate Shows Where Comprehensive Immigration Is Headed: Nowhere

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Donald Trump was absent from Fox News' Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes' drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus winners exiled now to the undercard debate, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. But the issue Trump raised to high-decibel level at his announcement ...Read more

Missing From Both Parties' Candidates' Campaigns: Work

From the Right / Michael Barone /

From someone whose title is senior political analyst you might be expecting a forecast of who will win the Iowa caucuses next Monday night. Will Donald Trump voters turn out in enough numbers to give him the narrow win over Ted Cruz that polls indicate he has now? Will Hillary Clinton withstand the challenge and excitement generated by Bernie ...Read more

Americans Tired of Elites Considering Them Stupid and Vicious

From the Right / Michael Barone /

How stupid and vicious do they think we are? That's a question that I think explains a lot of things about politics and society today -- and about this year's unpredicted presidential race.

The "us" in that question are ordinary citizens and the "they" are political and media elites who hold them in contempt -- which they do over and over ...Read more

Karl Rove: Why McKinley Still Matters

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The economy has been staggering, with stagnant or no growth, for several years, after a financial crisis. Loud complaints have been raised against Wall Street financiers and the concentration of great wealth in few hands. Rapid technological development is generating massive economic change, with many old-line jobs vanishing. Majorities ...Read more

The Republican Race Heats Up

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The race for president is accelerating in high gear, or, rather, the races for president -- in the Republican and Democratic parties, in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and primaries and caucuses to come. How's it going? Let's look at these separate races.

The Iowa Republican caucuses: The polls show a two-way race here ...Read more

American Exceptionalism: How Has It Fared in the Obama Years?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In his final State of the Union speech Barack Obama made at least a few bows toward the idea that America is an exceptional nation, an idea he once derided by saying, "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks" -- this was before their fiscal crisis -- "believe in ...Read more

Census 2015 Shows Increasing Cultural Division and Political Polarization

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The Census Bureau has delivered its annual Christmas gift to demographic junkies: its estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for mid-2015.

They show where the nation has been growing since the April 2010 Census headcount, a period that follows the end of the 2007-2009 recession and includes three-fourths of...Read more

Negative Campaigning Breaks Out in Republican Race

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Rough and tumble. Hammer and tongs. In the race for this year's Republican nomination, Donald Trump has not hesitated to attack and ridicule many of his opponents, and some of them have teed up attacks on him, only to hold back when they seemed to help rather than hurt him.

Ted Cruz is the one candidate who has conspicuously refrained from ...Read more

Battening Down the Hatches, Reminiscent of the 1930s

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Battening down the hatches. That's what America and much of the rest of the world seem to be doing today, in an eerie re-enactment, though to much less of a degree, of what America and the world did in the 1930s. The result then wasn't very pretty. The result now is unknown.

One way the hatches are being battened down is that the volume of ...Read more

Obama Reshapes Presidential Politics -- But Maybe Not To Liberals' Benefit

From the Right / Michael Barone /

One thing that's striking about the presidential race, which, finally, officially begins soon, is how much the race has been shaped by Barack Obama. The course of the contests for both the Republican and Democratic nominations would be inconceivable absent the course of the Obama presidency.

This is most apparent in the phenomenon that goes by ...Read more

Supreme Court Grapples, Once Again, With Redistricting

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Fifty-one years ago the Supreme Court handed down its one-person-one-vote decision, requiring that within each state congressional and legislative districts must have equal populations.

That gave redistricters a relatively easy standard to meet. Census data provides block-by-block population counts every 10 years, and it's possible now to ...Read more

Conservatives' Biographies Show How History Can Move Right

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Biography is one way -- often the most vivid way -- in which people understand history. The beautifully written biographies of Franklin Roosevelt that rolled off the presses and rose in the bestseller lists in the 1950s and 1960s created a template in which the New Deal was central to American history. It was the culmination of what happened ...Read more

The Known -- and Unknown -- Unknowns in the Republican Race Ahead

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Some observations on the 2016 presidential race as we head into the dark period, i.e., the two weeks of Christmas and New Year's holidays in which no one has ever dared, at least in the past, to conduct any polls. Those of us who pick over poll results will have to fly blind until the week starting Jan. 4.

Which leaves us with two weeks to ...Read more

No, There Won't Be a Brokered National Convention

From the Right / Michael Barone /

All around the political blogosphere you can find folks smacking their lips over the prospect of a "brokered" Republican national convention. They look forward to the spectacle of delegates assembling in Cleveland with no candidate having a majority, of multiple ballots with governors, floor demonstrations after nominating speeches, ...Read more

Why Won't The Liberal Media Ask Hillary About Benghazi?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

On Sept. 14, 2012, three days after the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods in Benghazi, Libya, Hillary Clinton appeared at Andrews air force base, where she spoke with family members of those slain.

Shortly afterward, Tyrone Woods' father reported that she told him, "We are going to have the ...Read more

'Misunderestimating' the American People

From the Right / Michael Barone /

As the week began, I planned to write this column about some implications of Barack Obama's Sunday night Oval Office address. I noted that he devoted about one-fifth of this 13-minute speech to pleas that Americans not discriminate against Muslims.

"It is the responsibility of all Americans -- of every faith -- to reject discrimination," he ...Read more

Democrats' Problem: Americans Have Little Faith in Government

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The Republican Party certainly has its problems: a chaotic presidential race; a despised congressional party; unpopularity among the rapidly growing number of non-whites.

But the Democratic Party has its problems as well. One of them is the fact that the two signature policies of Barack Obama -- the Affordable Care Act and the nuclear ...Read more

The State of Play in the Republican Race

From the Right / Michael Barone /

There are just eight-and-a-half weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, with two of those weeks devoted to holidays during which polling is ordinarily not conducted, and the race for the Republican presidential nomination seems to be taking perceptible shape. And it continues to defy conventional wisdom.

Since mid-July Donald Trump has been ...Read more

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