Election 2012

The Real Deficit Argument

Should our politicians dedicate themselves to solving the problems we face now? Or should they spend their time constructing largely theoretical deficit solutions...

Unreason on Health Care

The human capacity to put passion and intense feeling over cool rationality does not surprise us when it comes to love, sex, family, friendship, certain kinds of...

Which Path for the Right?

I try to be hopeful about things. I long for a time when people on the left and the right might exchange opinions without assuming the very worst of each other. I...

The Conservative Learning Curve

Over the long run, the most important impact of an election is not on the winning party but on the loser. Winners feel confirmed in staying the course they're on....

Ignore Grover (and Learn from Him)

Here's the first lesson from the early skirmishing over ways to avoid the fiscal cliff: Democrats and liberals have to stop elevating Grover Norquist, the anti-...

Hiding the Church's Treasure

To say that the Belle Harbor neighborhood on New York City's Rockaway Peninsula was slammed by Hurricane Sandy understates the case. Like many other parts of the...

Obama and the End of Decline

What is the point of Barack Obama's second term?A president who has been pondering that question for a while might find the best answers by consulting what just...

The Inconvenient Truths of 2012

Human nature and politics being what they are, Republicans will underestimate the trouble they're in, and Democrats will be eager to overestimate the strength of...

Obama Shouldn't Back Down

It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country.If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he...

Four More Years

The cheering supporters at his victory rally may still be hoarse, and his inauguration is three frosty months away. But Barack Obama has already secured the most...

Now for the Hard Part

With a narrow edge in the popular vote and a decisive victory in the Electoral College, President Barack Obama has secured a second term. His 2008 coalition of...

Obama Win Should Settle Argument

President Obama's re-election was at once a deeply personal triumph and a victory for the younger, highly diverse and broadly progressive America that rallied to...
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Book Reviews

Wedged Apart

January 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Misaligned

October 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Winner Take Nothing

September 9, 2012 | 0 comments