Bill Scher, Washington Monthly

Bill Scher

Washington Monthly

Northampton, MA, United States

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Past articles by Bill:

The Case for Keeping Enhanced Surveillance Authority

The MAGA Trump Right and the Greenwald Left want to undo Section 702, which must be renewed this year. Normies in both parties shouldn’t let them. → Read More

Joe Biden Broke His 2020 Pledge on Fracking. Good.

The president was right to promote fracking on public lands. The technique for extracting natural gas reduces reliance on dirty coal, builds a bridge to a renewable energy future, and hurts Putin. → Read More

Bibi Wants to Break Israel's Judiciary. Good Thing Biden Refused to Break Ours

The Israeli government wants to neuter the nation’s Supreme Court. If they’re smart, they’ll back off from such radical proposals, just as Democratic leaders did. → Read More

Biden Concedes Nothing in His State of the Union Address

A deft, defiant Democratic president outfoxes the Republicans in front of the nation and smartly stresses antitrust and consumer rights. → Read More

Kevin McCarthy Wants This Debt Limit Standoff Resolved. Really.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the House speaker seems determined to defuse the bomb that can blow up the economy and his party. How should Biden handle it? → Read More

Kevin McCarthy Wants This Debt Limit Standoff Resolved. Really.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the House speaker seems determined to defuse the bomb that can blow up the economy and his party. How should Biden handle it? → Read More

Will Republicans Stand by Ukraine?

It would have been a no-brainer a few years ago, but the Trumpy GOP is divided over backing Kyiv. → Read More

Are Republicans Forgetting What Trump Taught Them About Social Security and Medicare?

House GOP ideologues want to use the looming debt ceiling crisis to cut entitlements. Will a weak Kevin McCarthy let them? → Read More

Democrats Need An Immigration Strategy Before They Turn On Each Other

The party needs to get past its mantra of comprehensive immigration reform and address the border mess with seriousness and compassion, unlike the GOP. → Read More

Political Lessons of 2022 from Bill Scher

Our prescient political writer explains why swing voters matter, why bipartisanship is popular and possible, and how to beat voter suppression. → Read More

In a Clickbait World, the Washington Monthly Believes in Ideas

This magazine is committed to investigative reporting and policy solutions. We need you to keep going. → Read More

Georgia's Election Laws Couldn't Stop Raphael Warnock

Critics of the changes to state voting laws called them “Jim Crow 2.0.” → Read More

Time is Running Out to Protect the Civil Service

As president, Trump had a plan to crush the federal workforce, replacing thousands of careerists with conservative cronies. The next GOP standard-bearer is likely to champion just such a purge. → Read More

How Arizona's Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs Beat Crazytown

Pundits slammed her low-key campaign and skipping debates with Kari Lake, the polished former news anchor—but look who’s laughing now. → Read More

Democrats Meddled in Republican Primaries. Good.

The New York Times, plenty of pundits, and even some Democrats clutched their pearls and condemned the practice as unseemly. It wasn’t—and it worked. → Read More

America Does Care About Democracy and Abortion Rights

The history of midterm elections is one of beatings exacted upon the president’s party. With inflation red hot, President Joe Biden’s job approval low, and Republican Senate candidates rising in the polls, most everyone expected history to repeat itself. It didn’t. We don’t yet know which party will control either the House or Senate, but […] → Read More

Can Democrats Make Us Care About Democracy?

Biden, Obama, and the party made it their closing argument. We’ll see if it worked. → Read More

Will the Midterms be a "Wave" Election--and Does It Matter?

The issue isn’t just a couple dozen House seats. It’s the deep malaise of our political system. → Read More

The 10 Worst Candidates Running This Year

To make this list, you can’t just be an election denier or a right-wing zombie. You also have to be able to wreak havoc. → Read More

Do Voters Care About Debates? Katie Hobbs Is Going to Find Out.

The Arizona Gubernatorial candidate is blowing off her election, denying Republican opponent Kari Lake a debate. Her gamble could have a big impact far beyond the state. → Read More