A group called No Labels, which aims to support centrist, bipartisan federal action, is raising money to protect centrist lawmakers who fear that they’ll be “primaried” — challenged and defeated by a more extreme candidate in their party’s primary before they reach the general election, where, presumably, a centrist candidate has a better chance to […]
When President Trump bombed Syria last week, many observers were surprised. Trump campaigned on an isolationist “America First” foreign policy. In a series of now-famous tweets, Trump had specifically warned Obama against military intervention in Syria. AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & […]
In a recent article, Washington Post reporter David Weigel argues that the critical stance of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) toward President Trump is harmful to Democrats. Weigel says: Trump feeds off mainstream Republican opposition. … we should not stop remembering how he changed party politics. Trump smashed the mainstream consensus of political science that nominees need party […]
President Trump has faced consistent and contentious opposition to his slate of Cabinet picks. Yet while these battles break historical records, Trump’s Cabinet nominees are still winning in the end. Do these fights matter? Yes. While Democratic Party delay may not bring down a nominee, by delaying they may affect the future of the Senate […]
Media professionals and intellectuals in the large coastal cities have long struggled to understand the white, non-metropolitan counties in the middle of the country. Just as Christians often fail to understand the diversity of the faraway Islamic world, American coastal elites have come to see the non-metro sections of the heartland as an undifferentiated mass […]
In 2017, the Supreme Court will take up the issue of partisan gerrymandering. Depending on how the court rules, its decisions could have far-reaching implications for the partisan balance in the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures — and for the future of redistricting across the country. Gerrymandering has helped give the Republican Party […]
Now the “Bernie would have beaten Trump” specter has manifested.
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Donald Trump won the 2016 election largely because he carried Rust Belt states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, doing especially well in small cities and towns. That’s a surprise. Until this election, this group of voters had not followed other regions’ rural, uneducated whites in moving Republican. In overwhelmingly white Iowa, for example, Barack […]
Many self-identified Republicans vote against their own self-interest, or so say a number of prominent pundits. The Republican Party, which favors cutting federal spending, tends to do well in states that are most reliant on federal spending. You can see this in a graph by New York University political scientist Patrick Egan, which shows a strong […]
Money’s influence is a perennial concern in American politics. And with President-elect Donald Trump filling up his potential cabinet with millionaires, billionaires and his campaign donors, the discussion has become more prominent. A central question is whether donors, as a result of their financial support of politicians, exert disproportionate influence over public policy. Political scientists’ research has drawn differing […]