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Recent articles by Michael:

A late-starting presidential campaign may not be hopeless

Michael Bloomberg has just delivered his latest delicious hint about running for president. Eric Holder is fresh from taking credit for the new Democratic legislative majorities in Virginia, making known that he might be interested, too. Former Gov. Deval Patrick is now reported to discern demand for another presidential candidate from Massachusetts. → Read More

A tale of two parties and their very different fields of candidates

Have you noticed that the two parties’ fields of presidential candidates have, in the past two cycles, grown both much larger (if not necessarily better in quality) than those of past years? Where parties once had two to five serious candidates to choose from, Republicans in 2016 had 17 and, by my count, Democrats this cycle have had 26. → Read More

Boris Johnson Headed to Big Brexit Victory?

It has been 1,225 days since an all-time-high turnout of .11/01/2019 15:10:22PM EST. → Read More

The Democrats' risky bet on impeachment

Precedents abound in a country whose first presidential election took place 230 years ago, and which has seen 41 presidential contests between two political parties founded 187 and 165 years ago. Three of our 44 presidents have faced impeachment proceedings — Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton — and now it seems that Donald Trump will be the fourth. → Read More

The UAW strikes General Motors — now and 49 years ago

The United Auto Workers has gone on strike against General Motors. Once upon a time, within my living memory, this would have been — was — front-page national news. When the UAW went on strike against General Motors in 1946 and 1970, GM was the nation’s largest employer and the UAW one of its largest labor unions. Some 343,000 UAW members went on strike in 1970, 22,000 of them in Canada, and the… → Read More

Will Congress have to learn to write laws again?

Congress needs to learn to do a better job of writing laws. That’s my conclusion after reviewing the legal debate over whether the Supreme Court should renounce the Chevron doctrine it unanimously promulgated (with three justices not participating) back in 1984. → Read More

Trump Era Not as Extraordinary as Never-Trumpers Think

Around Washington, in sundry upscale locales, in large quadrants of .09/13/2019 11:59:16AM EST. → Read More

The Trump era is not as extraordinary as Never Trumpers think

Around Washington, in sundry upscale locales, in large quadrants of the internet, you still encounter lamentations about Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party and prophecies of the party’s approaching doom. Never Trumpers are less thick on the ground among ordinary voters, but they do have an echo in affluent Southern and Southwest suburbs that have switched from Republicans to… → Read More

Elites abandon norms and show contempt for voters on both sides of the Atlantic

Wars by the elites on the people are flaring in English-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s being waged fiercely in Westminster Palace’s House of Commons and also in the House of Lords — and in the newsrooms and green rooms of American journalism as well. → Read More

Why Democratic candidates risk Martin O'Malley's fate

Anyone heard anything lately about Martin O’Malley? Four years ago the former Democratic official was busy out in Iowa running for president. After two successful terms as mayor of Baltimore (homicides fell during his years) and as governor of Maryland, he seemed like a plausible candidate.… → Read More

The end of America's 30-year engagement with China?

Will the demonstrations in Hong Kong come to be seen as the end of a 30-year period, beginning with the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, of the American-Chinese economic engagement and entanglement christened “Chimerica” by historian Niall Ferguson? → Read More

The skimpy electoral base of the celebrity political Left

Has any freshman member of Congress gotten more national publicity than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? I suppose that James Madison did, when as a member of the First Congress, in which every member was by definition a freshman, he proposed the Bill of Rights and led the opposition to Treasury Secretary… → Read More

Analyzing the Pieces of the Democratic Puzzle

"No candidate received a polling bump as a result of .08/10/2019 11:48:30AM EST. → Read More

Michael Barone: A Democratic puzzle, far from solved

“No candidate received a polling bump as a result of the Detroit debates,” writes Morning Consult analyst Anthony Patterson this week. That’s a big disappointment for the dozen or more candidates struggling to make the Democrats’ 2% cutoffs for further debate appearances, as well as for the pundits weary after six hours or so of debates and post-debate interviews. → Read More

This week's debate lineups show that New York's political significance has fallen off a cliff

“If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere.” So go the lyrics in the Kander/Ebb song New York, New York, most famously sung by Frank Sinatra. Sinatra, who grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey, just across the Hudson, made it in New York and everywhere as well. → Read More

Democrats: Prisoners of the Past on the Economy

We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. → Read More

Chief Justice Wisely Gets Courts Out Of Redistricting Politics

"Partisan gerrymandering is nothing new," writes Chief Justice John Roberts .07/05/2019 18:53:27PM EST. → Read More

Yes, AOC, Your Generation Has Seen American Prosperity

Michael Barone: "An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the .06/21/2019 15:57:23PM EST. → Read More

The Not-Inevitable Candidate and His Not-Feasible Pet Project

Michael Barone: Will Joe Biden inevitably win the Democratic nomination for president? .06/14/2019 15:44:07PM EST. → Read More

Barr Asking Questions the Media Don't Want Asked

Michael Barone: "I'm amused," Attorney General William Barr told CBS News' Jan .06/07/2019 10:57:16AM EST. → Read More