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Will the GOP keep dancing with autocracy?

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- When a national leader urges that votes be ignored or that an election result he doesn't like might best be set aside, we label him an autocrat or an authoritarian.

When it's President Trump, we shrug. Worse, many in his party go right along with baseless charges of fraud.

We are in for a difficult two years. Surviving them will ...Read more

What House Democrats need to do

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Expanding health coverage, reforming our democracy, restoring upward mobility with well-paying jobs, curbing gun violence, and moving to repair our immigration system.

Oh, yes, and protecting our constitutional republic from President Trump while rooting out corruption.

This should be the agenda of Democrats in the House of ...Read more

How Trump lost

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- The 2018 elections began the demolition of the Trump coalition.

There remains much work to do. The results in some states were disappointing, and President Trump's grip on the Republican Party was strengthened. But a large majority of Americans rejected the president's divisive, ethno-nationalist politics. Democrats shook his hold...Read more

Why Democrats will do well on Election Day

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- I have often said when asked for predictions this year that I turned in my Prognosticator's Union membership card at 11:45 p.m. on Election Night 2016.

Those who don't like the labor movement (for which I have a long-standing fondness) shouldn't worry: There is no prognosticator's union. The idea was that all pundits should ...Read more

It's time to stand up for our right to say 'we'

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Let's use this year's elections to insist that there is still a "we" in our country. It is a "we" that crosses the lines of race and gender, country of origin and religion. "We" is the very first word of our Constitution. Declaring that it is still alive is essential to keeping our democratic republic.

As a nation, we are not as ...Read more

Tuesday's choice: the polarizer versus the problem-solvers

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Listening to the conversation at Robert Jones' Parkside Barber Shop and Grooming Lounge, you'd never know we live in a deeply divided country that seems incapable of discussing everyday challenges.

Jones, a successful local entrepreneur, hosted a group of business leaders and educators here to ponder how to prepare the ...Read more

The politics of division can never unite us

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- A well-meaning misunderstanding underlies the horrified hand-wringing over President Trump's refusal to reach for national unity in the face of terrorist threats against his opponents.

It's assumed that those who hold the presidential office automatically push aside partisanship during moments of crisis.

But this wishful thinking...Read more

With voter suppression opponents of Abrams pay her high compliment

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

ATLANTA -- By engaging in voter suppression, Stacey Abrams' opponents are paying her the highest possible compliment.

The former Democratic leader of the state House of Representatives, Yale Law School grad and the first African-American woman to be nominated by a major party for governor is so close to winning that Republicans seem to think ...Read more

The hidden costs of the GOP's deficit two-step

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- A truly gifted con artist is someone who pulls off the same scam again and again and keeps getting away with it.

Say what you will about Republicans and conservatives: Their audacity when it comes to deficits and tax cuts is something to behold, and they have been running the same play since the passage of the Reagan tax cuts in ...Read more

Why Nancy Pelosi doesn't care what they say about her

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- "Do whatever you have to do. Just win, baby."

Nancy Pelosi's feisty, candid and pragmatic words to Harvard students on Tuesday reflected the House Democratic leader's full adaptation to the role of designated dart board for House Republicans. She granted full absolution to party hopefuls who think they'll enhance their ...Read more

Refugees should not be political fodder

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

In the madness of the Trump era, terrible things happen with almost no notice. An announcement is made, some news stories are written, and the issue quickly disappears, engulfed in a storm of crazy tweets and lies, followed by expressions of outrage among President Trump's foes.

A good example is the administration's decision last month to ...Read more

Will Democrats out-populist Trump in Ohio?

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- "I think it's all about the dignity of work," says Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in an interview in the backseat of his Chevy Suburban. "I talk about how we value work. People who get up every day and work hard and do what we expect of them should be able to get ahead. I don't think they hear that enough from Republicans or ...Read more

Turn outrage over Kavanaugh into action

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's legitimacy is in tatters. Conservative forces in the country, led by the Republican Party, have completed a judicial coup, decades in the making.

Republicans rushed through Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to avoid the possible consequences of an election. They aborted a full investigation because they feared ...Read more

Trump's despicable (but instructive) smear

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

When a leader can hold power only by dividing his country, stoking its anxieties and hostilities, ridiculing his opponents, and disrespecting every norm of decency, the result is a broken democracy and a demoralized nation.

The fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to a seat on the Supreme Court has caused predictable handwringing about ...Read more

Kavanaugh hearing taught us a great deal about the character of two people

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- In a process already saturated with cynicism and soured by bad faith, it would be shameful but unsurprising if an FBI investigation aimed at shedding light on Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh became the object of political manipulation.

The probe is happening because Republican Sens...Read more

In the Kavanaugh fight, politics is not the most important thing

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

Who says politicians think only about the next election? In the battle over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the outcome each party respectively wants may hurt them in November's elections.

But the stakes are so high that neither side can afford to focus on politics alone.

They got higher still on Wednesday when a new ...Read more

The ugly attacks on Ford were inevitable

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Although many of the Supreme Court's decisions have been contested and even condemned, its justices have been remarkably successful in performing the role Alexander Hamilton assigned them in Federalist 78: to be "an essential safeguard against the effects of occasional ill humors in the society."

What Hamilton didn't count on was ...Read more

Why the haste with Kavanaugh?

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- For those insisting that Republican senators take Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh seriously, one aspect of the conversation is particularly infuriating: the notion that the timeline established by the GOP for completing this process is quasi-sacred.

Virtually everyone commenting on Kavanaugh's ...Read more

What we can learn from the ominous decline of social democracy

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

The rise of Donald Trump was shocking but it was not a one-off. The forces that brought him to power have parallels across democracies as fears about immigration, inward-looking nationalism and discontent over economic globalization push an ever-larger share of voters to the far right.

For American progressives, it is especially disturbing that...Read more

The grassroots revolt against Kavanaugh

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

PORTLAND, Maine -- Exceptional dangers require exceptional and sometimes unusual responses.

This was the spirit animating the volunteers at a phone bank Tuesday night in Portland. They were asking citizens to urge their state's popular Republican senator, Susan Collins, to oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. ...Read more

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