Michael Barone: House Republicans’ frustrations may doom their majority

Michael Barone: House Republicans’ frustrations may doom their majority

By Michael Barone The Founding Fathers didn’t expect that serving in Congress would be a lifetime career. And for a century, it mostly wasn’t. The first election in which more than half the incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected was in 1898. Since then, the majority of House members have been returned […]

Michael Barone: Can Trump and democrats make a deal on immigration?

Michael Barone: Can Trump and democrats make a deal on immigration?

By Michael Barone Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protection from deportation to immigrants who entered the United […]

Michael Barone: Time to drop colleges’ racial quotas and preferences

Michael Barone: Time to drop colleges’ racial quotas and preferences

By Michael Barone When a policy has been vigorously followed by venerable institutions for more than a generation without getting any closer to producing the desired results, perhaps there is some problem with the goal. That thought was prompted by a New York Times story headlined “Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More […]

Michael Barone: Trump’s Palmerstonian policy

Michael Barone: Trump’s Palmerstonian policy

By Michael Barone President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan speech Monday night was disciplined, measured and sometimes verging on eloquence. It was presidential. Evidently, his vision wasn’t impaired when he looked at the eclipse without the proper eyewear earlier in the day. Like Barack Obama, Trump came to office determined to get out of Afghanistan. “My original […]

Michael Barone: What identity politics hath wrought

Michael Barone: What identity politics hath wrought

By Michael Barone There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. America is nowhere near that point. But many […]

Michael Barone: Google’s ‘tolerance’ requires repression

Michael Barone: Google’s ‘tolerance’ requires repression

By Michael Barone Would a fair society have exactly the same percentage of men and women, of whites and blacks and Latinos and Asians, in every line of work and occupational category? If your answer is yes, and that any divergence from these percentages must necessarily result from oppression, then you qualify for a job […]

Michael Barone: Ignoring the lessons of effective presidents

Michael Barone: Ignoring the lessons of effective presidents

By Michael Barone Who have been the most successful presidents in the past 80 years? Most successful, that is, in framing issues and advancing their policies, achieving foreign policy success, winning re-election and maintaining high job approval. My nominees are Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. They had in common many things: winning smiles, […]

Democrats and Trump: Both Behaving Irrationally

What is it about Russia — some vestige of all those Cold War spy films, perhaps — that makes so many people, on all political sides, behave so irrationally when it’s mentioned? Consider the behavior of the Democrats, who are seeking to prove that Donald Trump and/or his campaign colluded with Russia, with the implication […]

Michael Barone: The Detroit riot, 50 years later

Michael Barone: The Detroit riot, 50 years later

By Michael Barone Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a blind pig — an illegal after-hours bar — in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had been all-white 15 or 20 years before. The statistics are horrifying. […]

Anti-Trump Overreach Could Backfire

Overreach. Donald Trump seems to have an uncanny knack for prompting overreach by his opponents and critics. This often hurts him and the country. But it has the potential to hurt those doing the overreach as well. Start with Trump’s speech in Warsaw last week. “As the Polish experience reminds us,” he said after recounting […]