David Brat: Quartermaster for the Republican Foot-Shooting Brigade

The big news this evening is that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary to Tea Party challenger David Brat. Needless to say, this is an absolutely shocking development. Part of the reason for the loss appears to have to do with the fact that Cantor's responsibilities as House majority leader meant that he did …

Why Populism Fails

Noting a recent speech by President Obama that had populist overtones--and the near-unqualified endorsement of that speech by Paul Krugman--Clive Crook reminds us that there are limits to the political power of populism: To be more exact, the difficulty lies with an excess of populism -- which is what Krugman and others recommend for the Democrats …