Elizabeth Drew, Project Syndicate

Elizabeth Drew

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Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Elizabeth:

Why Isn't Washington Merry?

Elizabeth Drew sees declining morale in the US capital, on both sides of the aisle. → Read More

Biden's trap – Elizabeth Drew

Joe Biden’s administration must deliver on sweeping new federal programmes while placating moderates who oppose radical policy measures. → Read More

Biden's Trap by Elizabeth Drew

With razor-thin margins of Democratic control in Congress, US President Joe Biden came to the White House with an unenviable task. His administration must deliver on its promise of introducing sweeping new federal programs while at the same time placating moderates who, by definition, oppose radical policy measures. → Read More

Joe Biden's Afghan Nightmare

A shaken Biden administration is now trying to change the subject away from Afghanistan by turning to domestic issues. But extricating itself from the consequences of its Afghanistan decisions, however warranted, may take longer than the administration envisions. → Read More

The Big Lie and Its Consequences by Elizabeth Drew

By demonstrating craven loyalty to Donald Trump despite his lies about the 2020 election, the Republican Party is no longer simply playing for the base. By questioning the very integrity of America's electoral system, it now represents an open threat to the US constitutional order. → Read More

Why Would Anyone Want to be President? by Elizabeth Drew

US President Joe Biden appears to be making an early bid for greatness – since taking office, he has tackled the COVID-19 pandemic and other urgent issues. But some of Biden's biggest priorities, like his ambitious infrastructure program, are facing opposition from both sides of the aisle. → Read More

The lost cause of the Trumpocracy – Elizabeth Drew

Like the southerners who never could get over their loss in the American civil war, Trump has nothing left but his own mythology. → Read More

The Lost Cause of the Trumpocracy by Elizabeth Drew

Donald Trump's insistent denial of reality following his loss in the 2020 US presidential election threatens to do still more damage to American democracy, even though it comes as no surprise. Like the southerners who never could get over their loss in the American Civil War, Trump has nothing left but his own mythomania. → Read More

Why Biden? by Elizabeth Drew

Former US Vice President Joe Biden is almost certain to be the Democratic Party's nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November. Biden's emergence at the front of a once-crowded field caps what may be the most significant and unusual US presidential primary ever. → Read More

US Democracy in Peril by Elizabeth Drew

Until Donald Trump, the United States had never had a president who maintained such a tight stranglehold on his party. Now that it does, the Constitution’s provisions for removing the president – through impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by a two-thirds majority of the Senate – have been neutered. → Read More

The Impeachment Blues by Elizabeth Drew

Most American presidents have honored their constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Donald Trump, however, views his role differently, and for that reason is in the greatest trouble of his presidency so far. → Read More

You don't have to break a law to be impeached. Trump's defenders need a better argument.

The Founders made clear that an impeachable or convictable offense need not be a crime. Hamilton said it applied to 'the misconduct of public men.' → Read More

Trump’s New Troubles by Elizabeth Drew

The US Republican Party has lashed its fate to an increasingly unhinged leader. Whether that changes between now and the November 2020 presidential election may well depend on how his fragile ego withstands the coming months. → Read More

What’s Behind America’s Mass Shootings? by Elizabeth Drew

After back-to-back mass shootings this month, even US President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have expressed support for new gun-control legislation, after years of opposing any such measures. But true reform seems unlikely, given the deep and complex roots of this uniquely American problem. → Read More

Sitting-Duck America by Elizabeth Drew

America may no longer be open to desperate refugees, but, as former US special counsel Robert Mueller's recent congressional testimony showed, it is wide open to anyone who wants to hijack its democracy. The country's own president has removed the guardrails. → Read More

Could the Democrats Blow It? by Elizabeth Drew

A major dilemma of the Democratic nomination contest is that it is a test of two important attributes: which candidate can beat Trump, and which is offering the most appealing platform to primary voters. These are not the same thing. → Read More

To Impeach, or Not to Impeach by Elizabeth Drew

To discourage her Democratic colleagues from advocating the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi warns that Trump wants to be impeached, because he thinks it would play to his political advantage. But it’s not clear that this is so – or that it's relevant. → Read More

Trump Is Now Above the Law by Elizabeth Drew

Since the release of the Mueller report, it has become increasingly clear that US Attorney General William Barr and congressional Republicans will do whatever it takes to protect President Donald Trump from legal or political accountability. If there is one safe prediction about what comes next, it is that it will be very ugly. → Read More

Trump Is Guilty as Not Charged by Elizabeth Drew

The report by US special counsel Robert Mueller shows that a criminal approach to links between President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russian interference on his behalf never made much sense. An independent commission would have conducted a more realistic and comprehensive investigation. → Read More

Strangest Rollout: After the Mueller report, news outlets were left scrambling and speculating

The rollout, so to speak, of the highly anticipated report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election—interference that Mueller’s investigation confirmed—and the Trump campaign’s possible connection with it, was the weirdest news event in memory. The fact that the report itself wasn’t released is contrary to custom: ordinarily, a […] → Read More