Mark Shields / Politics

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...

You Can Delegate Authority, But Not Responsibility

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is that refreshing, if too rare, Washington type: a workhorse rather than a show horse. Kaine has been making a lot of his Capitol Hill colleagues uncomfortable by continuing to publicly point out during the six months U.S. ...

A Genuine Heavyweight

There is a shorthand people around politics use when measuring potential presidents: Is this candidate really a "heavyweight" -- meaning an individual of seriousness, intelligence and gravity -- or is he, heaven forfend, a "lightweight" so ...

The Price of Raising Political Money

Mark A. Hanna was a wealthy Cleveland businessman who shrewdly laid out the winning strategy and personally, out of pocket, paid all the costs required to secure the 1896 Republican presidential nomination for his fellow Ohioan William McKinley....

Consider the Source

On election night in 1986, when John McCain won the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona long held by Republican incumbent and 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, who had served as McCain's campaign chairman, the two men had a private chat. ...