Elections are like fingerprints; each has its own unique circumstances and dynamics. Sometimes there are close similarities, but elections are never identical. Patterns emerge, but it is never a sure bet that they will hold from one election to the next.
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Regular readers of this column can probably guess that I am fairly skeptical about the success of Donald Trump’s upcoming presidency, but that doesn’t stop me from giving him a huzzah for calling out House Republicans for their attempt to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. In a closed-door meeting of the House GOP Conference, both Speaker Paul Ryan and...
Prior to the November election, there was considerable talk about how the Republican Party would need to put itself back together after Donald Trump’s expected presidential loss. Now it’s the Democrats who have to figure out a strategy for the post-Obama and post-Clinton era. But they don’t seem much interested in introspection, which is surprising considering...
Some things in politics are hard to reconcile. Since Donald Trump’s election last month, economic optimism has skyrocketed. The Conference Board reported earlier this week that its December Consumer Confidence Survey hit its highest levels since August 2001, and that while feelings about the current economy declined slightly, expectations for the economy over the...
The November elections pitted Democrats against Republicans, conservatives against liberals, Trump-style populists and tea partiers against the establishment and conventional politicians.
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Nobody knows where this nascent Donald Trump presidency is going. New administrations start off with an infinite number of potential trajectories, but this one is even more unpredictable than others. Trump could still turn out to be a successful president. As an American, I certainly hope he will. But today at least, it looks more like a “death by a thousand cuts.”Read more »
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