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Peter Lake: On Republicanism, Before and After Trump

A good deal of recent commentary about the Republican Party conceives of it as a Trumpist rump devoid of any ideology save the acquisition and maintenance of power[….] This is nonsense.

December 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

Peter Lake: On restoring the soul of the nation

The normal to which we are supposed to want to return is what gave us Donald Trump in the first place, and the forces that produced that outcome have not gotten weaker in the interim

November 25, 2020 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: We The People vs. Whoa Lookit These Racists and Losers and Cons

Fearmongering is pretty much all Trump’s got, so he’s going with it.

August 20, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Republican lawmakers’ familiar blame game hangs COVID’s spread on young people

Damn Kids!

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Peter Lake: Failing the State

Rickety, broken even, as American government and society in many ways are, they have not, until of late, been simply failed. Rather they have been, and are being, failed by the Trump administration and the Republican Party

April 29, 2020 · 6 Comments

Peter Lake: How to Get Reelected Republican Style

Trump is not an aberration but the natural consequence of central strands in Republican party politics and political maneuver over the last thirty years.

April 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

John Edward Simms: The Last White RINO

A conservative Republican comes to terms with what his party has become.

February 24, 2020 · 8 Comments

Thom Hartman: How America Broke Up With The Democratic Party

Many grassroots Democrats separated from their party in the 1990s, and the 2020 election may be the last chance to save the marriage.

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frank T. McAndrew: Could a lack of humility be at the root of what ails America?

So what happens when everyone thinks they’re smarter than everyone else?

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: A House of Cards

Trump supporters and the GOP are building a house of cards on Attorney General William Barr’s four-page interpretation of the Mueller report.

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Trump’s End

This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress. ME: So, what are you hearing? HE: Trump is in deep sh*t.  ME: Tell me more.  HE: When … Continue reading

December 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

Marc Jampole: Who Should the Democrats nominate for President?

The Democrats are blessed with a large number of candidates whose experience, politics and personality make them qualified to assume the office of the presidency. Even if we rule out … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · 12 Comments

Video: How to talk to a conservative about politics

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

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