The spoiler

If Bernie Sanders ends up the Democratic nominee, we will probably have Michael Bloomberg to thank. Bloomberg’s plan to buy his way into the Democratic primary and largely by-pass the vetting process is backfiring. While he’s surging, he’s not surging enough. Instead,...
So much for Iowa

So much for Iowa

Well, Democrats kicked off the election cycle with an bang. We still don’t know the results of the Iowa caucuses because the app they were using to tally results apparently didn’t work. Instead, they’re trying to count votes by hand. It couldn’t have gotten more...

Where the Governor’s race stands

Where the Governor’s race stands

North Carolina's governorship has not always been a venerated position. The first European settlers in the state were underclass "Lubbers" who resisted authority of all kinds, making early North Carolina a hive of lawlessness and piracy and virtually ungovernable by...

The problem with Bernie

The problem with Bernie

Over the past week, I’ve had several discussions with supporters of Bernie Sanders. In their arguments, they keep coming back to the point that they believe Bernie has the right prescription to fix what ails America. I don’t disagree with much of their analysis of the...

Nothing matters anymore

Nothing matters anymore

US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) showed us where the Republican Party is today. Alexander told us that, yes, Donald Trump asked the Ukrainian government to interfere in our elections, but it doesn’t matter. It’s not enough to impeach the president. Just a few years...

Democratic opportunities, Democratic temptations

Democratic opportunities, Democratic temptations

In the years since his death, Ronald Reagan has enjoyed a rapprochement with his liberal antagonists. Speaking in the heat of his primary campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama credited Reagan with "[changing] the trajectory of America" in an at least partially positive...

The party of Dershowitz

The party of Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz is one of those high-powered attorneys who likes nothing more than to be at the center of media attention. One reason he’s a great lawyer is that he can argue both sides of any case. He’s doing that right now.  Back in 1998, during the Clinton...

Pity the down ballot candidates

Pity the down ballot candidates

This election cycle is going to be tough on down ballot races. Donald Trump is sucking the wind out of all the news and voters only have so much room for politics in their daily lives. Campaigns will struggle to get much attention from the press and will struggle even...

So little

So little

The attacks ads against Thom Tillis should be brutal. And they probably should have started by now. I hope the national Democrats are up for this cycle.  Not in my lifetime has North Carolina had a US Senator who had so few convictions and stood for so little. He...

So much for patriotism

So much for patriotism

Back in 2009, I walked into my house and noticed a shadow moving through my living room and saw broken glass strewn across the floor. I knew immediately that someone had broken into my house and that he was still there. I slowly backed out of the house. When I got...

Controlling for education

Controlling for education

Like North Carolina, Georgia has long been a state that Democrats have been waiting to turn blue. As the population becomes more urban and diverse, the voters tend to prefer progressive policies to conservatives ones. But the wait has been long.  Then, an Atlanta...

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