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The demagogue that America’s founders feared

The demagogue that America’s founders feared

By MICHAEL GERSON       “The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please; we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.” — Edmund Burke      WASHINGTON — As the unthinkable becomes likely, the question arises: Who is really to blame for Donald Trump?      The […]

Hearing Michigan’s angry voices

Hearing Michigan’s angry voices

By E.J. DIONNE JR.         WASHINGTON — Tuesday in Michigan was brought to you by white working-class men and the people from little towns and small cities. The outcome of a primary that shook the certainties in the Democratic presidential race while also ratifying the ongoing power of Donald Trump’s coalition of discontent was determined […]

Trump’s destructive nationalism

Trump’s destructive nationalism

By MICHAEL GERSON  The main focus of Donald Trump’s media coverage has been his populist disdain for elites. But his main focus has often been a strident version of American nationalism. Trump has offered this explanation of his own ambitions: “The reason I’m thinking about [running for office],” he told the Conservative Political Action Conference […]

Will we see more citizen militias?

Will we see more citizen militias?

One supposes that Oregonians sleep more peacefully these nights knowing that not only have the occupiers of the wildlife refuge in Harney County given up the site, most of them are in jail and under indictment over their 41-day siege. Nevertheless, it’d be a whole lot more reassuring if we knew that the present moment brought us to a place where […]

A GOP trapped by Trump

A GOP trapped by Trump

By E.J. DIONNE JR.       WASHINGTON — The Republican Party is on the verge of being taken over by an egomaniac who appeals to the nation’s darkest impulses. Yet Donald Trump’s foes are splintered, tactically but also philosophically.      It doesn’t help that each of his three serious challengers is a flawed alternative. None is sufficiently […]

Short session plus one party control

Short session plus one party control

From the Capitol By BILL POST If you have been following this “short” legislative session in the news over the past few weeks, you may have seen conflicting reports on what has transpired. I can tell you one thing, the pace of this session is incredible and even longtime legislators, lobbyists and staff in the […]

Trump and the Megyn Kelly effect

Trump and the Megyn Kelly effect

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS During a recent CNN town hall Donald Trump offered up that he probably works too hard and if he had worked “a little bit less,” he “probably wouldn’t have had two marriages that didn’t work out.” Moderator Anderson Cooper then thanked Trump for participating in the event, and the last town […]

Which candidate can allay our fears?

Which candidate can allay our fears?

Is there anything to worry about today in the United States?  There just may be a few reasons to feel some fear. President Obama is a silver-tongued orator but has let us down in so many ways from what we thought he would do.  Sure, he’s put some Americans back to work as there are more […]

Replacing Scalia will take epic effort

Replacing Scalia will take epic effort

By MICHAEL GERSON  A public official can fight to expand the power and prerogatives of his office with skill and cunning. Defending the prerogatives of other officials, in another branch of government, is done only out of principle. Justice Antonin Scalia spent a career in America’s judicial aristocracy defending representative democracy. He wanted courts to […]

New Hampshire spanks the elites

New Hampshire spanks the elites

By E.J. DIONNE JR.      WASHINGTON — The conservatism that has dominated the Republican Party for decades is in crisis. Capitalism has lost its allure among a large swath of young Americans. And the Clinton and Bush brands are yesterday’s products in desperate need of renovation.      These are, admittedly, large conclusions to draw from one […]

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