Michael Barone: The base’s rage ill serves the Democratic Party

Michael Barone: The base’s rage ill serves the Democratic Party

By Michael Barone In a week chock-full of news, the party that on the night of Nov. 8 found itself, much to its surprise, very much out of power has been having difficulty finding a way to return. Democratic senators, urged on by the left blogosphere and party activists, peppered Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch […]

Michael Barone: Perceptions are that Trump’s policies are working

Michael Barone: Perceptions are that Trump’s policies are working

By Michael Barone Perceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up never happening. Something like that seems […]

Michael Barone: America’s high-risk complacent class

Michael Barone: America’s high-risk complacent class

By Michael Barone “Most Americans don’t like change very much,” writes economist and Marginal Revolution blogger Tyler Cowen, “unless it is on terms that they manage and control.” That’s just one of many provocative sentences you can mine from the riches threaded through his new book, “The Complacent Class.” “Don’t like change” cuts against most […]

Michael Barone: Trump has a grating style but significant substance

Michael Barone: Trump has a grating style but significant substance

By Michael Barone Substance and style — it’s easy to get them confused or mistake one for the other. And they’re never entirely unconnected, though exactly how much so is a matter of debate. That’s especially true when it comes to evaluating Donald Trump’s performance — a word particularly ambiguous in his case, as referring […]

Michael Barone: Partisan lines stay fixed amid Trump turmoil

Michael Barone: Partisan lines stay fixed amid Trump turmoil

By Michael Barone Amid the turmoil of the first month of the Trump administration, with courts blocking his temporary travel ban and his national security adviser resigning after 24 days, the solid partisan divisions in the electorate — modestly changed in 2016 from what they’d been over the previous two decades — remain in place. […]

Michael Barone: Free trade’s effect on ‘earned success’

Michael Barone: Free trade’s effect on ‘earned success’

By Michael Barone Amid all the hurly-burly of President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office, let’s try to put the changes he’s making and the feathers he’s ruffling in a longer, 20-year perspective. Start off with his trademark issue — one that clearly helped him win the 64 crucial electoral votes of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan […]

Michael Barone: Trump’s 2nd-week follow-through

Michael Barone: Trump’s 2nd-week follow-through

By Michael Barone Donald Trump’s second week as president has been full of surprises and Sturm und Drang. His Friday afternoon executive order barring for 90 days immigration from seven countries designated by the Obama administration as “countries of concern” was obviously ill-vetted and prompted nationwide and international protests. His Tuesday night nomination of Neil […]

Michael Barone: Government by faculty lounge subject to repeal

Michael Barone: Government by faculty lounge subject to repeal

By Michael Barone President Barack Obama went up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to counsel congressional Democrats on how to save Obamacare. Or at least that’s how his visit was billed. But to judge from the responses of some of the Democrats, his advice was typical of the approach he’s taken to legislation in his […]

Michael Barone: Americans are no longer on the move

Michael Barone: Americans are no longer on the move

By Michael Barone Americans see themselves as people on the move. When the going gets tough or when opportunity beckons, we get up and go. We move around a lot. Actually, we don’t — or don’t nearly so much as we used to. The percentage of Americans moving every year is less than half that […]

Michael Barone: Trump nixes pet projects of liberal and conservative elites

Michael Barone: Trump nixes pet projects of liberal and conservative elites

By Michael Barone It’s been a tough year for political elites, here and around the world, what with the passage of Brexit in June in Britain, the repudiation of Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient in the October FARC referendum and the defeat of America’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s preferred candidate in the November presidential election. […]

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