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Trump's Inauguration Is Not Without Precedent

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The United States has just had three consecutive eight-year presidencies, and it's only the second time in history that that's happened. The only other such moment came on March 4, 1825, 192 years ago.

That's a bit surprising, given the strong example George Washington's two terms as president set and the rule established by the 22nd Amendment,...Read more

The Intelligence Community, Russia and Trump

From the Right / Michael Barone /

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging -- against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community.

He had some legitimate reason. One was CNN's report that Trump had been briefed that Russian...Read more

Government by Faculty Lounge Subject to Repeal

From the Right / Michael Barone /

President Barack Obama went up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to counsel congressional Democrats on how to save Obamacare. Or at least that's how his visit was billed.

But to judge from the responses of some of the Democrats, his advice was typical of the approach he's taken to legislation in his eight years as president -- which is to say ...Read more

Americans Are No Longer on the Move

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Americans see themselves as people on the move. When the going gets tough or when opportunity beckons, we get up and go. We move around a lot.

Actually, we don't -- or don't nearly so much as we used to. The percentage of Americans moving every year is less than half that of a half-century ago and down significantly since the early 1990s.

Some...Read more

Trump Nixes Pet Projects of Liberal and Conservative Elites

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It's been a tough year for political elites, here and around the world, what with the passage of Brexit in June in Britain, the repudiation of Colombia's Nobel Peace Prize recipient in the October FARC referendum and the defeat of America's Nobel Peace Prize recipient's preferred candidate in the November presidential election.

Not all the ...Read more

Some Christmastime Advice for Pundits and Partisans

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Now that the 538 electors have voted -- and, with only the most minor of exceptions, for the expected candidates -- we can marvel at how such a huge difference in public policies can be made by just a few votes, the 77,744 votes by which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton for the 46 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Trump'...Read more

How the Political Rules Changed in 2016

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Over the 40-some years that I have been working or closely observing the political campaign business, the rules of the game haven't changed much. Technology has changed the business somewhat, but the people who ran campaigns in the 1970s could have (and in some cases actually have) run them four decades later.

But suddenly this year, the rules ...Read more

What's Trump Up to on Foreign Policy?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

What is President-elect Donald Trump up to on foreign policy? It's a question with no clear answer. Some will dismiss his appointments and tweets as expressing no more than the impulses of an ignorant and undisciplined temperament -- no more premeditated than the lunges of a rattlesnake.

Others may recall that similar things were said (by me, ...Read more

Some Free Advice for the Democratic Party

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Herewith some unsolicited free advice for the Democratic Party. Whether it's worth more than the price I leave up to Democrats to decide.

The first thing to remember is that the Democratic Party is the oldest political party in the world. It's had its ups and downs over many years. Under any fair reading of history, it has done many good things...Read more

The Collapse of the Political Left

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It's been a tough decade for the political left. Eight years ago, a Time magazine cover portrayed Barack Obama as Franklin Roosevelt, complete with a cigarette and holder and a cover line proclaiming, "The New New Deal." A Newsweek cover announced, "We Are All Socialists Now."

Now the cover story is different. Time has just announced -- ...Read more

Ditching Electoral College Would Allow California to Impose Imperial Rule on a Colonial America

From the Right / Michael Barone /

They're still counting the votes, going on four weeks after the election, in California. In Brazil, a nation with much more challenging geography, they manage to do it in five hours.

The seemingly endless dillydallying of California's (presumably union-represented) public employees has obscured two interesting things about this year's ...Read more

Donald Trump and the Outstate Midwest Redraw the Partisan Lines

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Would any Republican besides Donald Trump have beaten Hillary Clinton and been elected the 45th president? It's an interesting question, not susceptible to a definitive answer but with consequences for politics going forward.

Last fall, I shared the widespread view that Clinton was the only Democrat who could lose to Trump and Trump was the ...Read more

Will Donald Trump Do for Infrastructure What He Did for Wollman Rink?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In May 1986, a 39-year-old Manhattan real estate developer named Donald Trump promised to get Wollman Rink in Central Park up and running -- something the city government, despite spending $13 million, had failed to do for six years. Trump delivered, ahead of time and under a $3 million budget.

The 70-year-old president-elect surely remembers ...Read more

The Arc of History Doesn't Always Bend Toward Justice

From the Right / Michael Barone /

History is on our side. That's a claim Barack Obama has made frequently, in his two successful campaigns for president and during his nearly eight years in office. It's a claim that looks a little shakier this Thanksgiving holiday than it did during the Halloween holiday three weeks ago.

Obama has frequently paraphrased a statement made by ...Read more

The Not-Yet-Emerging Democratic Majority

From the Right / Michael Barone /

What is to become of the Democratic Party? The world's oldest political party, which traces its roots to 1792, is in as dire straits as it has ever been.

It has lost a presidential election most of its followers expected to win. It failed to win a Senate majority, gaining just two seats in a year when it had nearly a dozen plausible targets. ...Read more

Clinton's Dishonesty Costs Her the Midwest -- and the Election

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Hillary Clinton lost the election in the Midwest. Donald Trump won 50 Midwestern electoral votes that went to Barack Obama in 2012 -- Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio -- plus 20 more in Pennsylvania, where the two-thirds of voters beyond metro Philadelphia are Midwestern in culture and concerns. Trump could have lost Florida and still won.

In...Read more

The New Key to Immigration Reform: More High-Skilled Immigrants

From the Right / Michael Barone /

One of the issues President-elect Donald Trump says he wants Congress to act on is immigration. That's not entirely surprising, given that he spotlighted just that issue, in incendiary terms, after gliding down that escalator in the Trump Tower and announcing he was running 17 months ago.

Last week, when many assumed Hillary Clinton would be ...Read more

Donald Trump's Astounding Victory: How and Why

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Astounding. That's the best word to describe the tumultuous election night and the (to most people) surprise victory of Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton hoped to win with votes of Northeasterners, including those who have moved south along Interstate 95 to North Carolina and Florida (44 electoral votes). Instead, Trump won with votes along the I-94...Read more

2016: The Demise of Small 'r' Republican Politics

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Among the many complaints I have seen about this squalid presidential election -- the most dismal choice of major-party nominees since 1856 -- there's one that I find missing: that it shows how our politics have become less republican.

That's republican with a small r, in contrast to royalist. This is not an entirely new trend, but it is one ...Read more

Is Team Clinton Booting the Election?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In my Nov. 1 column, I looked at the presidential election through the lens of the old children's radio show "Let's Pretend" -- examining how things would look if it turned out that Donald Trump ends up winning.

That would have required lots of pretending until recently. Two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton led Trump by 6 percent in the ...Read more

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