GOP created Trump’s voters

Is Donald Trump so different from Ted Cruz? From Ben Carson? The Republican establishment is in a panic over the billionaire real estate mogul, whose poll numbers continue to rise despite (or because of) his racist and Islamophobic rhetoric, his disinterest in the workings of government and his disdain for the boundaries of normal political […]

The puzzling popularity of Ben Carson

To read Ben Carson’s memoir — “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” — is to enjoy an uplifting and inspiring tale of a man who overcame a traumatic childhood to become one of the nation’s leading neurosurgeons. That man is certainly worthy of widespread admiration. But who is the guy taking his place on the […]

Joe Biden and the war on cancer

After Joe Biden’s Rose Garden announcement, news reports naturally focused on his decision not to seek the presidency. But the overarching theme of his short address was something more powerful and less political: This is a great country that ought to be more optimistic about its potential, more ambitious in its goals, more confident about […]

The Pope can’t move GOP on immigration

In a more generous political climate, an adorable little girl who gave a letter and a hug to Pope Francis could make a difference. In an era with a more pragmatic Congress and a less balkanized electorate, five-year-old Sophie Cruz could break through the gridlock around immigration reform. But we are living through a deeply-polarized […]

Donald Trump’s not-so-winning strategy

Not so long ago, leaders of a chastened Republican Party issued a report urging a new way forward for a GOP spurned by voters of color. Following Mitt Romney’s unfortunate language about “self-deportation,” which likely contributed to his defeat, party strategists were especially concerned that the GOP find a way to reach out to Latinos, […]