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Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

I just completed the first of three weeks in Washington running my annual program for Villanova, and while the humidity was refreshingly low, the political barometric pressure was intense. Despite what they are saying in front of cameras, Democrats are out of patience with the unprecedented obstruction they have been facing from the Trump administration and the desire to move … Read More

Why Weld Matters

Who is Bill Weld? If you aren’t a Libertarian or from Massachusetts, you may not know the former two-term Republican governor and 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee. Yesterday he announced his intention to oppose Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination, a move easily dismissed as quixotic given the overwhelming support Trump enjoys in his party. And it probably … Read More

The Slow Motion Constitutional Crisis

It’s been a month since I posted about the second act of the three-act play that is the Trump presidency, which I suggested would be marked by conflict and accountability. Actually, I said that conflict is inevitable and accountability is possible, and in the intervening weeks we’ve started to see what that looks like. Let’s focus on two examples: the … Read More

Act II

Michael Cohen’s riveting testimony last week opened Act II of the three-act immorality play that is the Trump administration. Nearly four months after the country handed Democrats control of the House of Representatives, and with it the power to set the House agenda and compel testimony and documents from Trumpland, we had our first glimpse of what it looks like … Read More

This Is How It Will End

Every con man knows he has to outrun reality because it will eventually catch up with the lies he tells. A good con man will make sure he’s in the next state before reality clashes with the lies he convinced his victims to believe. Sometimes, though, through hubris or miscalculation, he will stay too long, and circumstances will provide him … Read More

No Exit

So it comes to this: Mitch McConnell refuses to permit the Senate to consider legislation passed by the House that would reopen the federal government in order to protect Donald Trump from either having to accept it and cave on the border wall or reject it and draw further blame for the shutdown. It’s been this way for weeks and … Read More

About That Wall

Why would Donald Trump find it preferable to shut down the government over congressional refusal to fund his border wall when there was an agreement in place to kick the issue down the road and avoid chaos over Christmas, into the new year, and beyond? Why would he take a position where he has no leverage and where opposition Democrats … Read More

A Guardedly Happy New Year

As we entered 2018, I warned of a dangerous time ahead when congressional Republicans would let ¬†Donald Trump get away with anything to stave off challengers during the long spring and summer primary season. Absent a legislative check and with political pressures at their height, I feared Trump’s efforts to consolidate power by delegitimizing every institution that stood in his … Read More

Lasting Damage

Longtime readers of Wolves and Sheep know that I keep returning to the theme of partisan realignment, because I believe this moment of political instability shares characteristics with other realigning periods in American politics, most recently the transition between New Deal liberalism and Reagan conservatism. The potential for party realignment was a theme of my last two books on the … Read More

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