In Which Karen Tumulty and Sean Sullivan Bury the Lede

This piece by Karen Tumulty and Sean Sullivan, concerning emerging ideological divisions in the Democratic party, should come as no surprise whatsoever to those who have been tracking the paroxysms that have been afflicting Democrats since the 2014 midterm elections took place. And of course, it ought to go without saying that reports of Democratic party …

Quote of the Day

The grand view of American politics is that Republicans have a lock on Congress, while Democrats have an inbuilt White House advantage. November’s Republican victory shored up that theory. Conservatives reliably turned out for the midterms, while liberals hibernated. Come the glamour of 2016, Hispanic, millennial, single female and African American voters will be back in force. …

Charles Schumer Commits a Kinsley Gaffe

And boy, what a Kinsley gaffe it is: Democrats made a strategic mistake by passing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said Tuesday. Schumer says Democrats “blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in the 2008 elections, a Democratic landslide, by focusing on healthcare …

Why Wendy Davis Was a Disastrous Texas Gubernatorial Candidate

Ross Douthat: . . . It should be said, and many people are saying it, that Davis and her team ran a poorer-than-expected campaign overall, and that the allegedly-brilliant team running the Democrats’ new Texas ground game were not in fact so brilliant. But the more important issue, surely, is that the Democrats decided that it made …

Math Isn’t That Hard

Jonathan Chait and I may not agree on much when it comes to politics, but we do agree on something when it comes to mathematics--namely, that the laws of arithmetic are immutable. So, when Jenny Kutner, a Salon writer, tries desperately to pretend that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis did not lose the women's vote--even …

Blog Post Title of the Day

"Money Rules Elections--Except When It Doesn't." Read the whole thing. I guess it's too much to think that people who believe Citizens United is destroying the fabric of Western Civilization will reconsider their beliefs upon reading Walter Olson's post. But hope springs eternal.

The Rejection of Democrats and the Obama Agenda, and a Massive Republican Victory

There can be no denying that the midterm elections represent a mandate for Republicans and a massive repudiation for Democrats. The Republican defeat was surprising and devastating; in my own home state of Illinois, Bruce Rauner wrested the governor's mansion from Pat Quinn--arguably the worst governor in the country--despite desperate and relentless negative attacks on …

Stalin Would Approve

This is what happens to Scott Walker supporters in Wisconsin: The early-morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the …