More Michael Barone Articles

  • Ukraine constitution writers should have taken a lesson from America's Founding Fathers

    America’s Founding Fathers may have known a thing or two. When they wrote the Constitution, creating a workable federal government, they also allowed a wide measure of autonomy for the states. The states would be required to have a republican form of government, but they would determine voting...

  • Having a venerable name can be a key to upward mobility

    Here's one school of thought: America used to be a land with great upward social mobility, but isn’t any more. Here's another: America never was a land with great upward social mobility. Which do you believe? Keep in mind that your answer will have significant implications for public...

  • Further observations on the Illinois primary

    Looking into the Illinois primary returns this morning, I noticed a similarity between the Republican primary for governor this year and the Republican primary for president in 2012. In both cases, the candidate who carried metro Chicago (which I define as Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake,...

  • Observations on the Illinois primary results

    The top-line race in the Illinois primary yesterday was the Republican contest for governor. The latest returns, as I write, have 99 percent of precincts reporting, with a clear but narrow winner in the Republican primary, businessman and self-financer Bruce Rauner over state legislator Kirk...

  • On global warming alarmism as a religion

    It contains a catechism (“the science is settled”), it is based on dogma (global warming will inevitably bring disaster) and it even allows you to buy indulgences to compensate for your sins (carbon offsets for your private jet travel).

  • Obama's solipsism produces cognitive dissonance

    Cognitive dissonance is a phrase that describes what happens when the world turns out to operate differently from what you expected. It's also a phrase that could be used to describe the state of mind of some of President Obama's current and past foreign policy advisers.

  • Democratic strategists in 2014 are like French generals in 1940

    It is reminiscent of the quandary faced by General Maurice Gamelin on the evening of May 15, 1940. Suddenly he realized that German panzer troops had broken through the supposedly impassable Ardennes.

  • Astonishing poll shows 38-year Democratic congressman down 14 points

    West Virginia 3rd district incumbent Rep. Nick Rahall trails Republican challenger state Sen. Evan Jenkins by a 54-percent to 40-percent margin.

  • Lower crime now may be a fruit of welfare reform 20 years ago

    The jobs data are certainly depressing, as economists of just about every ideological stripe agree. Total national employment is down from the 2007 peak of 147 million to 144 million.

  • Obamacare snaps the bonds of trust between the people and the president

    During all of his first term, even as his job approval ratings tumbled in 2010 and 2011, more voters expressed positive than negative personal feelings toward Barack Obama. This was a source of strength that helped him overcome opposition to some of his policies, notably Obamacare, in the 2012...

  • Medicare issue works against Democrats in Florida 13

    In her unsuccessful campaign for representative in the Florida's 13th Congressional District special election Tuesday, Democrat Alex Sink charged that her Republican opponent would cut Social Security and Medicare. This is a time-tested Democratic line of attack, and in Pinellas County, where 22...

  • Republican David Jolly wins Florida-13 special election, narrowly

    Republican David Jolly has defeated Democrat Alex Sink by a 49-percent to 47-percent margin in the special election in Florida's 13th congressional district, according to current returns.



From the Weekly Standard

  • Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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  • Hustle Is Overrated

    The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive. In round one Monday night, the Nationals leftfielder walked and went hitless in three at bats while the...

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  • Kennedy’s Question

    We often think of the Constitution as a two-part document: first the original 1787 text, which primarily establishes the government’s structure; and then the amendments, which primarily set...

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