We are on the verge of a new decade, making this a good time to draw artificial distinctions between past and future. It’s natural to think in terms of eras, and decades make for easy packaging, even though events do not always neatly correspond to the calendar. What we think of as “the 60s” didn’t start until several years into … Read More
After an unexpectedly crowded schedule created an unplanned six-month absence, I’m re-launching Wolves and Sheep with a new look (and new sheep) in time for the 2018 midterm elections. Back in January, I warned that the first nine months of this year would be an especially dangerous time for the country, as congressional Republicans facing primary elections would be reluctant … Read More
It’s been well over two months since I last posted here—and that wasn’t by design. My day job has been keeping me unexpectedly busy while national events have moved so rapidly that a brief post here or there wouldn’t have been sufficient to keep up with our exhausting political reality show. Things are finally starting to quiet down at work, … Read More
As the unexpected turns of 2016 give way to the unpredictability of 2017, I’d like to take a moment and send my wishes for a healthy and fulfilling year ahead. I haven’t posted much in the last month and most likely won’t write much in the next few weeks as I face January deadlines for two manuscripts. The sixth edition of my … Read More
This was supposed to be the campaign’s quiet period. When I left on vacation two weeks ago, the presidential contest was close and the volatility of the Republican nominee was on full display. I return to a campaign marked by a sizable lead for Hillary Clinton, thanks in no small part to the continued volatility of the Republican nominee. Two weeks ago, … Read More
With the conventions behind us, Wolves and Sheep will be taking a break for summer vacation during what is usually the slowest period of the presidential campaign. Over the past few days we have started to get a sense of where the race stands after the Cleveland and Philadelphia marathons. Initial polling suggested Donald Trump had received a modest bounce from his … Read More
If you are enjoying the commentary on Wolves and Sheep, I invite you to check out my new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left, co-authored with Chris Bowers of Daily Kos and just published by Routledge. The book explores the ascendency of the online progressive movement in the social media age and its contribution to today’s unstable politics. You … Read More
Every year in mid-May, I have the opportunity to take a group of undergraduates from my home institution, Villanova University, to Washington, DC for a three-week program where they get to meet high-level policymakers and explore the political process from the inside. The program begins Monday, so for the next three weeks I will continue to bring you commentary on the … Read More
My newest book, Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left, was published this past week by Routledge. For those who may be interested, I will have purchasing information shortly—so please stay tuned.
For those of you who live in Philadelphia, I will be on Radio Times on WHYY/91FM this morning at 10 am as part of a panel discussing yesterday’s Super Tuesday results. UPDATE: You can listen to the broadcast here.