Truth and Duty: The Press,the President, and the Privilege of Power Barn Burning, Barn Building: Tales of a Political Life, from LBJ through George W. Bush and Beyond What type of personality disorder shall we attribute to Mary Mapes, the … Read More
Do Texas Dems Have a Prayer with the Supremes?
The great Texas redistricting battle of 2003 is now under sober (ha!) consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. From my Massachusetts perch, it’s hard to see how Texas Democrats win this one. I am writing in the week before the … Read More
Three’s a Crowd: The Dynamic of Third Parties, Ross Perot, and Republican Resurgence Remember the politics of the 1990s? Was there really such a time when Americans were asked to join a movement against runaway budget deficits and NAFTA and … Read More
The all-American political dysfunction
What’s the Matter with Kansas? Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge Thomas Frank takes up a question that has been mostly neglected in recent popular studies of American politics. While other authors are … Read More
The life and times of a political consultant
Who in politics is more easily scorned than the political consultant? Consultants are to democracy what lawyers are to justice: opportunistic manipulators, conniving and unprincipled, devoted to winning at all costs. And the costs are pretty high, at least in … Read More