Donald Trump, Race, and the GOP

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ cover essay for The Atlantic, “The First White President,” explores the role of race and racism in Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States.  Coates’ essay, has been widely read, and drawn praise and criticism (a sign of success; the goal of nearly every writer is to elicit a reaction from … Continue reading Donald Trump, Race, and the GOP

Whither Realignment? (Why Palinism Won’t Work)

I read a great line this morning: “College educated Americans have concluded that their bank accounts are safe with the Democrats, but that their values are under assault by the Republicans.” It seems to me that this gets to the heart of things. The Reagan coalition depended on supplementing free-market capitalists with Reagan Democrats who … Continue reading Whither Realignment? (Why Palinism Won’t Work)

Do Great Orators Make Good Presidents?

With an Obama presidency looking inevitable, it’s time to turn our attention to the critical question: What will an Obama presidency mean for America and the world? I’ll be providing meatier pieces in the future, but for now, here’s an appetizer: One of Obama’s perceived strengths as a candidate is his gift for oratory. But … Continue reading Do Great Orators Make Good Presidents?

Obama: The Liberal Reagan

As I’ve noted several times, Obama is the liberal Reagan…down to the temperament. Here is something that Joe Klein just wrote about Obama’s temperament: I’ve also gotten the sense, in the times I’ve interviewed and chatted with him, that calm is Obama’s natural default position. He is friendly, informal, accessible…and a mystery, hard to get … Continue reading Obama: The Liberal Reagan