Michael Barone: Anti-Trump overreach could backfire

Michael Barone: Anti-Trump overreach could backfire

By Michael Barone 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 […]

Michael Barone: Will Trump Republicans avoid the off-year curse?

Michael Barone: Will Trump Republicans avoid the off-year curse?

By Michael Barone Curious fact, and one disquieting for Republicans looking ahead to 2018: In the past 65 years, starting with 1952, the president’s party has managed to win a majority of seats in an off-year election only four times. In the other 12 off-year elections, the opposition party won a majority. Special circumstances, unlikely […]

Michael Barone: The outlook after the special elections

Michael Barone: The outlook after the special elections

By Michael Barone The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they could take this House seat from the Republicans. […]

Michael Barone: The violent political Left

Michael Barone: The violent political Left

By Michael Barone Violence is in the air these days. It was visible to the world in Manchester, Birmingham and London in the days before the British general election June 8. It was visible on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning as a Donald Trump hater and Bernie Sanders volunteer took a […]

Michael Barone: Is college worth it? Increasing numbers say no

Michael Barone: Is college worth it? Increasing numbers say no

By Michael Barone “Too many people are going to college,” writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That’s not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It’s the title of the third chapter in his […]

Michael Barone: Let’s stop acting as if the 2016 campaign were still on

Michael Barone: Let’s stop acting as if the 2016 campaign were still on

By Michael Barone If you keep up with the news, you might think that the unpleasant and unedifying 2016 presidential campaign is still going on. President Donald Trump, up early, is sending out tweets coarsely attacking foreign leaders and American politicians — complete with misspelled words, in at least one case to the point of […]

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 […]

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