Mark Shields / Politics

Do We Have a Stupid Party?

Long before he teamed with Erskine Bowles, a Democrat and former President Bill Clinton's White House chief of staff, to lead the bipartisan commission on reducing the federal deficit, Republican Alan Simpson of Wyoming had served in the U.S. ...

One Man With Courage Makes a Majority

Even though the staff people who work on Capitol Hill voted him "the nicest" member of Congress, Rep. Walter Jones, the iconoclastic North Carolina Republican, is loathed, maybe even feared, by the Republican political establishment in Washington....

The Guest of Honor

Tell me Paris Hilton will be this year's graduation speaker at MIT. Tell me Dennis Rodman is the new consensus choice to be peace negotiator in the Middle East. Tell me Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh will co-author a book on how to reach and keep ...