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Past articles by Michael:

The Verdict on Lockdowns: High Cost, Minimal Benefits

What were the benefits and costs of the COVID-19 restrictions implemented over the last two years? It's a good time to ask that question, especially now that the masks are → Read More

Voters Oppose 'Transformative' Policies, Want Reform of Dysfunctional Bureaucracies

Do Americans really want transformative change? The evidence accumulates that they don't.That is a problem for the Joe Biden Democrats, whose policies are premised on the proposition that they → Read More

Plague-Year Immigrants Headed to Trump Country

I want to add a few notes to my Christmas weekend column on the Census Bureau's July 2021 state population estimates and what stories they tell about growth and decline → Read More

A (Statistical) Journal of the Plague Year

As a Christmas present to statistics lovers, the Census Bureau has released its estimates of the population of the nation and the 50 states as of July 1, 2021. The → Read More

Kyle Rittenhouse's Offense: Insufficiently Respecting Rioters

Why the hatred of Kyle Rittenhouse? Why was there such widespread dishonest news coverage of the case against him that his acquittal by the Kenosha, Wisconsin, jury came as an → Read More

Partisan Strife Produces High Voter Turnout

The last decade has seen a boom in voter turnout -- for both parties. Between the 2012 and 2020 presidential elections, total voter turnout rose 23%, with Democratic turnout up → Read More

The Year America Went Crazy

Did America go crazy in 2020? I suspect observers years hence will think so because of the responses, of both elite officials and ordinary Americans, to the COVID-19 pandemic starting → Read More

Immigrant Voters Trended Toward Trump

Like Sherlock Holmes' dog that didn't bark in the night, so goes in politics: Uncharacteristic behavior can turn out to be crucially significant -- uncharacteristic behavior in politics being defined → Read More

Biden: Identity Politics and No Apologies

Identity politics seems to be sticking around. Important election results seemed to refute the notion that Americans vote for their ethnic or racial identity. Hispanic voters trended significantly toward the → Read More

Republicans Retain a Marginal Advantage in Redistricting

One of the many big surprises in this month's surprising election was the Democrats' failure to overturn Republican majorities in state legislatures. Various Democratic committees budgeted $88 million to flip → Read More


Among the most surprising of the multiple surprising results in this election was California's rejection of Proposition 16. The ballot measure was supported by the Democratic supermajorities in the state → Read More

A Country Where People Are Afraid to Tell Pollsters What They Think

"I like a good contrarian argument as much as the next guy," tweets mild-mannered RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst Sean Trende, "but there's really no getting around the fact that the → Read More

Goodbye, After Nearly Two Centuries, to the National Conventions, by Michael Barone

If things had proceeded according to schedule, we'd be checking the polls this week to see if Joe Biden had gotten a bounce from his acceptance speech in Milwaukee. That's because the Democratic National Convention was originally scheduled for July 13-16. → Read More

Generations Defining

Americans naturally tend to think of their presidents in terms of generations, like they do with their families. This may have started with the news that former Presidents John Adams → Read More

How presidential generations define and redefine American history

Americans naturally tend to think of their presidents, like their families, in terms of generations. This may have started with the news that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had both died on July 4, 1826, half a century to the day from the time the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence they jointly drafted. → Read More

The frivolous Democrats

White college graduates have emerged from the last two decades of elections as an increasingly large and cohesive political bloc — and one that poses problems for both political parties. → Read More

Violent crime is a confiscatory wealth tax

“What gives urgency to debates about race in America today — and what drives the reparations movement, are two basic facts,” Walter Russell Mead writes in the Wall Street Journal. → Read More

The New Religion of Woke Anti-Racism

It's all about religion, isn't it? "(W)e have the cult of social justice on the left," Andrew Sullivan wrote in New York Magazine, "a religion whose followers show the same → Read More

The new religion of woke anti-racism

It’s all about religion, isn’t it? “We have a cult of social justice on the left,” Andrew Sullivan wrote in New York magazine, “a religion whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical.” → Read More

Plague in a time of partisanship

America faces a contagious infection: partisanship. Consider the responses to a poll question about treating COVID-19 with the long-approved and widely used drug hydroxychloroquine. → Read More