Mark Shields / Politics

America Truly Needs the New Hampshire Primary

The three most recently elected U.S. presidents collected in private contributions for their respective campaigns that brought them to the White House $31 million (Bill Clinton), $96 million (George W. Bush) and $746 million (Barack Obama). ...

Sleaze in a $5,000 Suit

When he was secretary of state, Henry Kissinger was often -- and deliberately -- seen in the company of attractive actresses, including Jill St. John and Candice Bergen. Kissinger, whom nobody ever accused of being a matinee idol physically, ...

A Mixed Papal Blessing

When the Gallup poll last asked, Pope Francis was rated favorably by 76 percent of Americans (including 78 percent of Protestants and 73 percent of those with no religious affiliation) and unfavorably by only 9 percent, a better than 8-1 favorable...

Obama's Speech Defects

As a young Illinois state senator at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he delivered a memorable keynote address, which, almost overnight, vaulted him into presidential consideration. Even his most unforgiving critics acknowledge Barack ...

Boehner's Dangerous Gamble

Bipartisanship, that widely admired virtue so sadly rare in our nation's politics, has been -- since 1948, when President Harry Truman, rejecting the counsel of his own Cabinet secretaries, recognized the newborn nation -- the hallmark of Unites...

National Epidemic of Self-Esteem

A half-century ago, Russell Baker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, disclosed to his readers the existence of the mysterious kingmaker he called "The Great Mentioner," who alone had the power to determine the handful of...