The end of the political spectrum

The time has come to scrap the political spectrum. Political metaphors help us to make sense of the world around us. The metaphor of left, right, and center has done that for well over two centuries now. We should be …

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Why the next president should tear down Trump’s wall

For 20 years, the shining moment for the Republican Party was Ronald Reagan, standing in Berlin, commanding Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Needless to say, today’s Republican Party is no longer Reagan’s. Today’s GOP belongs …

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How Bernie 2020 could lead to a brokered convention

In 2016, Bernie Sanders ran a bootstrapped campaign on small-dollar donations and a vision of a political revolution to transform the country in a manner not seen since the 1930s. And he did change the Democratic Party dramatically, not only …

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How Bernie can win

Bernie Sanders is officially running for president. This time he starts in both a stronger and weaker position than he did when he first ran in 2016 — with high name recognition and strong popularity ratings, but in a very …

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Our dangerous addiction to political hyperbole

America’s addiction to hyperbolic rhetoric is an existential threat to the United States. Actually, it isn’t. But putting it that way sure got your attention, didn’t it? And that, dear reader, is a big part of the problem. We live …

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Trump blatantly bends the rule of law to suit his whims

No, Andrew McCabe didn’t try to lead a coup against President Trump. It’s true that McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, is giving interviews this week suggesting he and other senior Justice Department officials considered recruiting members of …

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The irrelevance of Trump

President Trump went to El Paso, Texas on Monday to once again make the case for a border wall, headlining yet another rally filled with boasting about crowd size, ugly hyperbole about immigrants, invective against Democrats, and the usual dollop …

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How Trump wins in 2020

If you want to know how President Trump can win re-election in 2020, you need only look at the headlines emanating from the Democrats over the past couple of weeks. It’s not just one headline. It’s the cumulative effect of …

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The 4 types of presidential candidates

“Bobby who?” This is going to be the fate of most of the Democratic presidential candidates whose names are filling the front pages of newspapers. The opposition party in 2020 is bent on repeating the mistakes of the GOP in …

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Trump is up against his own wall

Good news from congressional Republicans. The next month-plus-long government shutdown, tentatively scheduled to begin on Friday, is off. We’re going to be a functional republic on paper, at least for a little while longer. Freude, schöner Götterfunken! The only question …

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