Walter Shapiro, Brennan Center

Walter Shapiro

Brennan Center

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Past articles by Walter:

Substance Over Sound Bites: Breathing New Life into Presidential Debates

The likely presidential debate hiatus is an opportunity to improve them in the future. → Read More

The Political Perception and Reality of the Gun Rights Issue

Guns remain a mostly partisan topic in Washington, but the NRA is not the force that it used to be. → Read More

The Case for Biden to Muddle Through America’s Political Crisis

How president-elect should deal with Trump’s Republican enablers → Read More

There Will Be No Emphatic Rejection of Trump

Even in the rosiest projections, Biden will only win narrowly—and the next four years will be a brutal slog. → Read More

America Is Not Reliving 1968

Sure, Donald Trump is harnessing Richard Nixon’s law and order rhetoric, but that doesn’t mean it will work. → Read More

When Political Conventions Go Virtual, What Happens to the Traditional TV Coverage?

The pandemic provides an opportunity to reimagine how the broadcast networks cover the substance of the fall campaigns. → Read More

What Joe Biden Wants

Each of the main vice presidential contenders offers a different skill set. What Biden needs is someone to help him govern. → Read More

The Media Can’t Treat Election Night 2020 Like Years Past

Because of mail ballots, there’s a good chance the winner of the presidential race won’t be declared on election night, so the TV networks need to manage expectations. → Read More

Mitch McConnell Is No Genius

He still supports Trump and worships campaign donors. It may cost Republicans their Senate majority. → Read More

A Different Presidential Campaign Trail in 2020

Amid Covid-19, Brennan Center Fellow Walter Shapiro considers what the loss of campaign rituals means for American democracy. → Read More

How America’s Newspapers Covered Up a Pandemic

The terrifying, censored coverage of the 1918 Spanish flu → Read More

For Trump, a State of the Union with nothing to say

Trump, in a way, lives up to famous description of the ousted Bourbon monarchy in France: “They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.” → Read More

Think impeachment has been a self-defeating crusade for Democrats? Think again

Donald Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine may be old news by now, but don’t diminish its moral power in an impeachment trial, Shapiro writes. → Read More

Why Mitch McConnell should be the Person of the Decade, and not in a good way

With the Twenties looming ahead in a few weeks, columnist Walter Shapiro takes a look back at the teens, and it’s not a pretty picture. → Read More

How Bloomberg’s Entry Shows What Order Primaries Should Be Held In

Letting small states go first allows for a more even playing field, writes Brennan Center Fellow Walter Shapiro. → Read More

The Media’s Irrational Obsession With Campaign War Chests

By constantly tallying candidates' fundraising hauls, journalists perpetuate a misleading narrative about how elections are won. → Read More

There’s got to be a ‘Morning After’ for American democracy

Impeachment would be wrenching, but the only worse outcome would be for Congress to avert its eyes from Trump’s impeachable behavior, Shapiro writes. → Read More

Not a shocking discovery: Impeachment is not bringing out the best in Trump [Opinion]

His responses to impeachment inquiry range from bizarre to dangerous. → Read More

Not a shocking discovery: Impeachment is not bringing out the best in Trump [Opinion]

His responses to impeachment inquiry range from bizarre to dangerous. → Read More

Pete Buttigieg’s Undeniable Allure

The mayor of South Bend knows how to enchant an audience. Is it enough to overcome his age and inexperience? → Read More