By Michael Barone | 03/10/14 09:00 AM
Embedded in the returns for last Tuesday's primary election in Texas is an interesting lesson on the difficulty of holding even a minority party's coalition together.
By Michael Barone | 03/09/14 07:29 PM
Colorado is one of the hot states--maybe the hottest state--in the 2014 elections for senator and governor. It was carried twice by Barack Obama, and if you array the states in order of Obama 2012 percentage it was the state that cast the 270th electoral vote for him. So although Obama did just...
By Michael Barone | 03/07/14 07:15 PM
Last month, Barack Obama traveled to snowy St. Paul, Minn., the same place where in the sunnier days of June 2008 he predicted that his clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination would be remembered as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the earth began to...
By Michael Barone | 03/05/14 05:27 PM
Solipsism. It’s a fancy word which means that you assume others see the world as you do and will behave as you would.
By Michael Barone | 03/05/14 03:29 PM
Yesterday's results suggest that the “paint Texas blue” project has not made much headway.
By Michael Barone | 03/03/14 04:27 PM
How far should a tolerant society tolerate intolerance? It’s a difficult question, with no clear answers. It's a question this country faced in the 1940s, when agents of Soviet totalitarianism infiltrated high positions in the U.S. government and in major labor unions. On the whole,...
By Michael Barone | 03/02/14 05:11 PM
It is obvious that Russia is conducting an invasion of Ukraine. This violates the 1994 Budapest Memorandum between Russia, Ukraine, the United States and Britain, in which each party agreed to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Russia's claim that it is acting to protect the rights of...
By Michael Barone | 02/28/14 03:55 PM
February marked the fifth anniversary of the reemergence of the label "Tea Party" in American politics. It was in February 2009 that Rick Santelli delivered his famous rant on CNBC, and a few days later, a group calling itself theTea Party Patriots was organized.
By Michael Barone | 02/26/14 09:01 PM
What motivates people to demonstrate in central squares, day after day and week after week, against repressive regimes at the risk of life and limb? It's a question raised most recently by events in Ukraine and Venezuela. The leaders and backers of the Viktor Yanukovych regime in Ukraine and...
By Michael Barone | 02/26/14 05:26 PM
Pundits love to lament gridlock and seek solutions. I’m not so sure gridlock is so bad, and the solutions I have seen strike me as worse. One reason is put forward with typical cogency by Stanford and Hoover Institution political scientist Morris Fiorina in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage...
By Michael Barone | 02/25/14 06:03 PM
Over the last 25 years, we have had related national debates over proposed federal gun-control laws designed to restrict access to certain firearms. But only one piece of major legislation has passed Congress, in the 1994 crime bill, and the electoral backlash against many of its supporters in...
By Michael Barone | 02/24/14 10:04 AM
One hundred years ago, the major nations of Europe went to war after a terrorist assassinated the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Is Europe headed to war 100 years later by the ouster -- apparently the legal ouster -- of Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych?
By Michael Barone | 02/23/14 07:08 PM
I have to take issue with my Examiner and American Enterprise Institute colleague Tim Carney on his Sunday Examiner column. Tim has been writing excellent articles about crony capitalism, how collusion between government and corporate interests works to the detriment of ordinary citizens. Here...
By Michael Barone | 02/23/14 02:14 PM
The knee jerk response of many liberals to political attacks seems to be to suppress such speech. Examples abound. Michigan Rep. Gary Peters, running for the Senate, threatens the broadcast licenses of stations that run ads criticizing him. Over at salon.com Fred Jerome imagines what it would be...
By Michael Barone | 02/21/14 05:25 PM
Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill famously said that all politics is local. And it mostly was, in his time: He was first elected to the Massachusetts legislature's lower house in 1936 and became its speaker in 1949, and was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1952 and became its...
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