Mark Shields / Politics

Mr. Muskie of Maine

In 1976, Rep. Bill Cohen, who was a rising young Republican star, seriously considered running for the U.S. Senate against three-term incumbent Ed Muskie, who was the first Democrat in Maine history whom voters had ever elected to the Senate.

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Final Return of 2014

Over the past 85 years, there have been just two Republican presidents who were unbeatable on Election Day and as popular at the end of their two White House terms -- both with 65 percent favorable job ratings in the Gallup poll -- as they were ...

When Money Speaks, the Truth Is Silent

Let's hear a round of applause. When this year's last negative TV ad has been aired and the last check, from an anonymous donor, has finally been cashed, 2014 -- at a total price tag of close to $4 billion -- will have been the most expensive ...

Premature Postmortems

Grantland Rice, a popular American sportswriter of the first half of the 20th century, gave us an often-quoted homily to sportsmanship: "For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, he writes -- not that you won or lost -- but ...

Recognizing Heroes in Our Midst

That terrifying Tuesday morning, now 14 Septembers ago, when terrorists connected to al-Qaida hijacked jetliners and drove them into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center will be forever with us -- just as we can never forget the 343 ...

Truly Right From the Start

In September 2002, before the Bush administration got its green light from a supine Congress and a full six months before the United States would actually invade Iraq, he wrote in The Washington Post, confronting directly the "neoconservatives ...