Mark Shields / Politics

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 ...