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Mark Shields / Politics

If Hypocrisy Were a Felony

To be fair, most Republicans have never hidden their distaste for campaign-finance laws that place limits on how much someone can give to a political candidate or campaign, or how much the candidate or the campaign can spend. The reform most ...

If Only One of Them Had Ever Run for Sheriff

In his 1972 epic on the origins of the U.S. war in Vietnam, the great journalist David Halberstam told of then-new Vice President Lyndon Johnson's coming back from his first meeting with the top people President John F. Kennedy had picked to serve...

The Spring of Shrinking Hopes

Joseph Napolitan, who essentially created the profession of campaign consultant and who departed these earthly precincts this past December, was a wise man. He used to tell Democratic candidates and officeholders whom he counseled "to never ...

Mr. Chairman, RIP

In the two presidential elections, immediately preceding Bob Strauss's becoming the national chairman of the Democratic Party in 1973, Democratic presidential nominees -- Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern -- had between them carried a total of ...

Washington Actually Laughs at Itself

How unpopular is Washington in the rest of the country? While it's true that Congress as an institution has never been highly prized by most Americans, many of us continued to hold a soft spot for our own member of Congress who, we were sure, was ...

Peril of Ignoring Change

According to the Census Bureau, for the first time in more than a century, the annual number of deaths among white Americans exceeded the number of births. Add to that the facts that Asians are now the fastest-growing minority in the U.S., and a ...