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What's Wrong With The Democratic Party? Just Look At California

by Bill Whalenvia The Hill
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Opinions differ on the cure to what ails Democratic electoral prospects two years from now, assuming their 2020 opponent is President Trump.

In the News

The Biggest Myth In America

quoting Morris P. Fiorinavia Inside Sources
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Forget Paul Bunyan. There’s a bigger American myth that needs to be busted, and you know it all too well: America is divided. Pick a tribe. Stop thinking.

In the News

Trump Top 10 (Or So)

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Power Line Blog
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

I am not comfortable with the frequent effusions of “weird and outrageous things” (I'm quoting Victor Davis Hanson) that President Trump says.


Connecticut Joins The Quiet Campaign To Undermine Constitutional Presidential Elections

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Monday, May 21, 2018

Both houses of the Connecticut legislature recently passed the National Popular Vote Bill, which now sits on the desk of Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is expected to sign it. With his approval, Connecticut will join a quiet campaign to undo the Electoral College by means of a clever end run rather than a proper constitutional amendment.

Analysis and Commentary

Open Primary, Presidential Buzz: The More California Changes, The More It Stays The Same

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Californians will flock to the polls on the first Tuesday in June – among other things, to narrow its choices for the state’s next governor. So what popped up in my mailbox this weekend? No bills, no catalogues. Just two pieces of campaign literature.

Analysis and Commentary

Where Are The Mavericks In Race For California Governor?

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Like Oliver Twist (“Please, sir, I want more”), I crave the gruel that is a California gubernatorial debate.


Michael McFaul, Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia: Possible Putin Tipped Election

interview with Michael McFaulvia The Lead (CNN)
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses his book From Cold War to Hot Peace, as well as whether Russian interference tipped the election in favor of President Trump.

In the News

How To Crack The Electoral Code

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia SF Gate
Monday, May 14, 2018

Theodore White invented a genre with his groundbreaking book "The Making of the President, 1960," and news junkies ever since have eagerly awaited postmortems from inside the operations of the various Republican and Democrat presidential campaigns. There have been 14 presidential elections since Kennedy-Nixon, and each has generated its own raft of books.


Polarization Is Not the Problem

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Stanford Magazine
Friday, May 11, 2018

Since the early years of this century, political commentators have told the American public that the country is coming apart. Although survey data indicates that majorities of the American public believe such claims, a sober look at the data reveals a more complex picture.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Little Drama, But Odd Plots, In Calif. Race For Governor

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 10, 2018

This is the week things got serious in California. June primary absentee ballots (in California parlance, “vote by mail”) arrived in homes across the Golden State, just days after the official voter information guide. Though the actual vote isn’t for another four Tuesdays, political ads now flood the local airwaves.