By Michael Barone | 12/09/13 02:12 PM
Last Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech on economic inequality that I never got around to commenting on. Fortunately, Daily Caller blogger Mickey Kaus has saved me the trouble with a brilliant blog post.
By Michael Barone | 12/06/13 07:35 PM
One interesting, but not always precisely reliable, measure of partisan preference is what pollsters call the generic vote -- which party's candidates people would vote for in elections to the House of Representatives. Over the past two decades, responses have tended to underpredict Republicans'...
By Michael Barone | 12/06/13 11:19 AM
Gallup provides useful data on the decline of Barack Obama's job approval from November 2012 to December 2013 among various segments of the electorate. The biggest drop is among Hispanics, from 75% approval to 52%. Gallup also reports 18% and 17% declines among two groups which include many...
By Michael Barone | 12/06/13 10:46 AM
Ted Van Dyk, a longtime aide to Sen. Hubert Humphrey now in retirement in his native Seattle, has some very good advice for his fellow Democrats.
By Michael Barone | 12/04/13 03:39 PM
In 1970 the eccentric but insightful economist Albert Hirschman published a book called Exit, Voice and Loyalty. It explored how people respond when a private firm's or a government agency's performance is deteriorating.
By Michael Barone | 11/27/13 01:31 PM
Not many foreign policy experts would argue with the proposition that the country with which the United States has the most problematic relationship is Pakistan. Most Americans, when they have thought about it, have taken a similar view since Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by Navy SEAL...
By Michael Barone and none | 11/27/13 09:20 AM
How is it possible that President Obama did not know that his beloved healthcare.gov website was a botch? That’s a question many thoughtful people (including thoughtful Democrats) are asking.
By Michael Barone | 11/22/13 07:59 PM
Are Republican politicians trying to frame a policy agenda stuck in a Reagan rut? A good case can be made that they are — or have been. Tax cuts have been a staple of Republican platforms since Jack Kemp persuaded Ronald Reagan to back a 30 percent tax rate cut in the 1980 campaign....
By Michael Barone | 11/22/13 02:51 PM
Economist Bryan Caplan notes that support for gun control--specifically, banning handguns or pistols--has decreased dramatically since the 1950s and 1960s. Back in 1959 Gallup reported that 60% of Americans favored banning possession of "pistols and revolvers," while now 74% oppose banning "the...
By Michael Barone | 11/21/13 09:28 AM
Is the Republican Party dead, as some Democratic pundits were chortling in the last days of the government shutdown just a little more than a month ago? The obituary seem premature, at least judging from four state special legislative elections this week.
By Michael Barone | 11/20/13 06:06 PM
The defects of the Obamacare website have become well known. But the problems with the law go further than the website. These problems are not incidental but central to its design and the intentions of its architects. Many Obamacare backers, including Barack Obama, would prefer...
By Michael Barone | 11/19/13 04:33 PM
Evidence keeps coming in support of the arguments I have made repeatedly, in my recent book Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Have Transformed America and Its Politics, in several Washington Examiner columns and blog posts, and on Fox News' "Power Play," that we are not likely to see...
By Michael Barone | 11/15/13 01:29 PM
“The Affordable Care Act’s political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.” That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was the day after the release of a...
By Michael Barone | 11/13/13 06:00 PM
Colorado, writes National Journal's always-insightful Ronald Brownstein, is “America, writ small.” “A microcosm,” he goes on, “of the forces destabilizing American politics.”
By Michael Barone | 11/12/13 05:58 PM
Looking over last week's referendum votes in the states, I believe I see a common thread in most -- not quite all, but most -- of the results. It's similar to what I describe in a Washington Examiner column last June, in which I saw libertarian trends on marijuana, gay rights and gun rights.
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