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The 2 parties' have very different fields of candidates

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Have you noticed that the two parties' fields of presidential candidates have, in the past two election cycles, grown enormously larger than (if not necessarily superior to) those in past years? Where parties used to have two to five serious candidates to choose from, Republicans had 17 in 2016, and, by my count, Democrats this cycle have had 27...Read more

Boris Johnson headed to big Brexit victory?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It has been 1,225 days since an all-time-high turnout of British voters chose, by a 52 to 48% margin, to Leave rather than Remain in the European Union. Now with a general election set for Dec. 12, it looks like Britain is finally about to escape the EU's "ever closer union."

The issue is unfamiliar to most Americans, yet the cleavages it has ...Read more

The perils of downscale political parties

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Political parties, and their travails, have been much on my mind recently as I've been speaking to radio and television interviewers about my new book, "How America's Political Parties Change (And How They Don't)."

The book thesis is that our two parties, founded in 1832 and 1854, have often changed positions on issues but have retained their ...Read more

Westerville debate leaves Democratic race wider open

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The world's oldest political party set an all-time record Tuesday night, with 12 presidential candidates on a single stage in Westerville, Ohio. That's a suburb of Columbus, the fastest-growing big metro area in the Midwest, in Franklin County, which voted Republican in every presidential election but one for a half century (1944-92) but has ...Read more

The Democrats' faute de mieux front-runner

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Is Elizabeth Warren the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination? You can make a strong argument that the answer is yes. You can also argue that she is, at most, a default front-runner and a problematic general election nominee.

And you might reasonably conclude that both arguments taken together tell you some interesting things ...Read more

Life can improve, even during impeachments

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Underneath the clash and clang of controversy over presidential impeachment, public policy and personal initiative can slowly and seemingly imperceptibly improve life in America. That was the case two decades ago, amid the swirling arguments over the mostly party line impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton and the Senate's mostly party line ...Read more

Democrats' risky bet on impeachment

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Precedents abound in a country whose first presidential election took place 230 years ago, that has seen 41 presidential contests between two political parties founded 187 and 165 years ago. Three of our 44 presidents have faced impeachment proceedings -- Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton -- and now it seems Donald Trump will be the...Read more

Will Congress have to learn to write laws again?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Congress needs to learn to do a better job of writing laws. That's my conclusion after reviewing the legal debate over whether the Supreme Court should renounce the Chevron doctrine it unanimously promulgated (with three justices not participating) back in 1984.

What is the Chevron doctrine, and why does it matter? It arose out of a Clean Air ...Read more

Trump era not as extraordinary as never-Trumpers think

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Around Washington, in sundry upscale locales, in large quadrants of the internet, you still encounter lamentations about Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party and prophecies of the party's approaching doom. Never-Trumpers are less thick on the ground than among ordinary voters, but they have an echo in affluent southern and southwest ...Read more

Elites abandon norms and show contempt for voters on both sides of the Atlantic

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Wars by the elites on the people are flaring in English-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic. It's being waged fiercely in the Palace of Westminster House of Commons and in the House of Lords. And in the newsrooms and greenrooms of American journalism.

There's much that can be said about it. You could argue it's the subject, open or ...Read more

Why Democratic Candidates Risk Martin O'Malley's Fate

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Anyone heard anything about Martin O'Malley lately? Four years ago, he was busy out in Iowa running for president. After two successful terms as mayor of Baltimore (homicides fell during his years) and as governor of Maryland, he seemed like a plausible candidate. Strumming his guitar and singing Irish songs, he seemed more likable than either...Read more

The end of America's 30-year engagement with China?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Will the demonstrations in Hong Kong come to be seen as the end of a 30-year period, beginning with the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, of the American-Chinese economic engagement and entanglement christened "Chimerica" by historian Niall Ferguson?

Quite possibly, and without regard to what happens in Hong Kong. President Donald Trump's on-...Read more

Will fact-checkers foil Democrats' attempts to play the race card?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Fact-checking journalists lean left, as Mark Hemingway documented in a canonical Washington Examiner analysis that is just as valid today as when it was published in 2011. But as John F. Kennedy once said, when asked why he wasn't supported by an odoriferous Massachusetts Democrat, "sometimes party loyalty asks too much."

Case in point: the two...Read more

 
 

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