Never Trumpers and the defeat of Donald Trump

Well, it’s over. With the certification of votes in Michigan, Donald Trump has lost the election and has ordered his administration to cooperate with the transition. He hasn’t conceded and right-wing networks like OAN are reporting that he still has a good chance of...
Richard Hudson joins the clown car coup

Richard Hudson joins the clown car coup

Congressman Richard Hudson is ready to join the clown-car coup. He told CNN this weekend that “states should delay certifying the results [of the election] until the allegations are ‘adequately investigated.’” He said that he would support legislators appointing...

A precarious point in history

A precarious point in history

We are in unprecedented times. The President of the United States is trying to steal an election, making false allegations of voter fraud and seeking collaborators at the state level who will subvert the will of the people. He’s tacitly supported by a Republican...

The Hoover approach to the pandemic

The Hoover approach to the pandemic

When history students look back at this pandemic, they will be shocked at the willful ignorance of and disinformation spread by conservatives.  Despite almost 250,000 deaths, too many people do not believe the threat is real. They shun public measures to...

Cooper, not the GOP legislature, has a mandate

Cooper, not the GOP legislature, has a mandate

"We have a mandate to legislate," state House Speaker Tim Moore lyrically declared. Continuing their habit of jaunty rhetoric, both Moore and his Senate counterpart Phil Berger are boasting of vindication in the 2020 election. In their telling, North Carolina voters...

Normalizing political corruption

Normalizing political corruption

I’ve been trying to distract myself from following the aftermath of the presidential election. Donald Trump lost and Joe Biden will be president on January 20. However, Trump and his supporters are going to make a lot of noise in between now and the inauguration. I...

Moderate Democrats need a unique brand

Moderate Democrats need a unique brand

The worst political candidates resemble items you can buy at the supermarket. Prepackaged, carefully tested, and easy to predict, they operate on an often gimmicky level and try to travel well-grooved paths to electoral victories that many want for their own sake....

Operating in bad faith

Operating in bad faith

Donald Trump is refusing to concede. Instead, he’s raging, calling the election results rigged and fraudulent. Members of his administration refuse to admit he has lost. None of that’s too surprising. We knew his loss would lead to a temper tantrum full of lies and...

Lessons from Cal

Lessons from Cal

Cal Cunningham very likely cost Democrats control of the U.S. Senate. He was running against an unpopular incumbent and led by a significant margin for most of the race. In poll after poll, he outperformed Joe Biden, but when the votes were tallied, the...

We’re still paying the price for Jesse Helms

We’re still paying the price for Jesse Helms

The timing of Jesse Helms's death was certainly ironic. He passed away in the summer of 2008, months after the state he represented for 30 years voted for Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, and months before that same state would vote for Obama in the general...

It’s all just noise

It’s all just noise

Nobody knows how to manipulate the press or trigger progressives like Donald Trump. That’s what he’s doing right now. His efforts to cast doubt on the outcome of the election make great headlines. The fight he’s putting up validates his supporters predisposition to...

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