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The Fulfillment of Reaganism

Ronald Reagan has shaped American politics for 40 years. Prior to Reagan’s ascent to the presidency, the country had been transformed by over four decades of liberal policies, starting with FDR’s New Deal and culminating in Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. The modern social welfare state was established and expanded, and the reach of government expanded with it. By the end … Read More

Biden’s Best Options

Hillary Clinton selected Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate to boost her prospects in his home state of Virginia and to put a moderate white male on the ticket. Although Clinton was victorious in Virginia, her choice of the nondescript Kaine did nothing to unify Democrats after her long, bruising primary battle with Bernie Sanders. Joe Biden is now … Read More

On Wisconsin

Last week, I wrote about the Wisconsin primary, where the gerrymandered Republican legislature in conjunction with a conservative state supreme court conspired to force people to risk their health in order to vote in a special judicial election that the Democratic governor tried unsuccessfully to postpone. Republicans had hoped to suppress the vote in Democratic strongholds and tilt the playing … Read More

Go Left, Old Man

Bernie is out. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who has paid attention to the Democratic campaign since its Super Tuesday inflection point, when in a matter of days the trajectory shifted from a probable Sanders nomination to the inevitability of Joe Biden, who had been left for roadkill after Iowa and New Hampshire. To put what happened in non-secular … Read More

The Coming Ballot War

On Tuesday, with much of the country sheltering at home or practicing social distancing, voters in Wisconsin went to the polls to vote in their primary. The reason is partisan. Democratic Governor Tony Evers had issued an executive order delaying in-person voting, but it was challenged by the state’s Republican legislature and the challenge was upheld along partisan lines by … Read More

Before and After

Remember when the field of Democratic candidates was large and diverse, when people argued over whether a multi-billionaire could buy the nomination without campaigning, when Joe Biden’s campaign was pretty much done? That was — two weeks ago? It’s hard to believe how much the campaign — and life overall — has changed so quickly. When we look back at … Read More

The Path to Unity

I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. It was the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and I was walking by Clinton supporters in the Louisiana delegation that occupied seats just off the floor, while high above them a group of Sanders delegates from the vicinity of the Colorado delegation were chanting their candidate’s name in … Read More

Resurrection

Extraordinary times produce extraordinary events. One week ago, the most relevant question about Joe Biden was whether he could exit the presidential contest with grace and end his political career with dignity. Today, he sits atop the Democratic field with the most delegates and a clear path to the nomination. If there is a more stunning turnaround in American political … Read More

After South Carolina

Joe Biden chose the right time to win a primary for the first time in three attempts at the presidency. Or maybe a better way to put it is if Biden hadn’t won South Carolina yesterday, it would have been his last presidential primary. Instead, by finishing almost thirty points ahead of Bernie Sanders, Biden dominated in South Carolina and … Read More

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