Michael Barone: The demotic politics of Theresa May — and Donald Trump

Michael Barone: The demotic politics of Theresa May — and Donald Trump

By Michael Barone DURHAM, England — When I first visited England to cover a British election 20 years ago this month, there were striking similarities between British and American politics. In Britain, Tony Blair’s Labour Party was about to sweep to a landslide victory after 18 years of Conservative Party government, promising a third way […]

Michael Barone: James Comey is the latest victim of the Clintons

Michael Barone: James Comey is the latest victim of the Clintons

By Michael Barone Why did President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey now? The answer, as my Washington Examiner colleague Byron York has argued, is that he waited until after his impeccably apolitical deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, was in place as Comey’s direct superior. Rosenstein was confirmed April 25, and his memorandum titled […]

Michael Barone: Cultural appropriation; a modest proposal

Michael Barone: Cultural appropriation; a modest proposal

By Michael Barone “Cultural appropriation” has become the latest evil denounced by soi-disant social justice warriors, on campus and off. Examples: “I was taught that white people shouldn’t listen to rap music because it’s cultural appropriation and could be offensive to my classmates,” writes Pomona College student Steven Glick in The Washington Post. Young women […]

Michael Barone: The new/old politics of capital vs. countryside

Michael Barone: The new/old politics of capital vs. countryside

By Michael Barone Capital vs. countryside — that’s the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions — labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant — among voters. This was apparent last June in Britain’s referendum on […]

Michael Barone: Reading the Kansas 4 and Georgia 6 tea leaves

Michael Barone: Reading the Kansas 4 and Georgia 6 tea leaves

By Michael Barone What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has become scrambled by […]

Michael Barone: Our three presidents born in 1946

Michael Barone: Our three presidents born in 1946

By Michael Barone With the inauguration of Donald Trump this year, we have now had, for the first time in our history, three American presidents who were born in the same year. There have been three pairs of presidents born in the same year — the very dissimilar John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, in […]

Michael Barone: Mistrust of Trump threatens political corrosion and rule of law

Michael Barone: Mistrust of Trump threatens political corrosion and rule of law

By Michael Barone Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign and unexpected victory have produced a culture of mistrust permeating our politics and threatening to undermine the rule of law. That’s not healthy, whatever you think of Trump or his political opponents. The partisan mistrust is evident in Senate Democrats’ filibuster of the Supreme Court nomination of Judge […]

Michael Barone: Doesn’t anybody know how to play this game?

Michael Barone: Doesn’t anybody know how to play this game?

By Michael Barone “Dare I suggest,” writes the economist and blogger Tyler Cowen, “that the quality of governance in this country has taken a downward turn of late?” Or as Casey Stengel, while managing the New York Mets on their way to a 40-120 season in 1962, reportedly asked, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” […]

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 […]

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