9% of Obama Supporters Voted for Trump

"...We’ve learned that 9 percent of Barack Obama’s voters flipped to Trump, including 22 percent of Obama’s non–college educated white voters. That’s what matters most." -- Michael Tomasky, "Elitism Is Liberalism's Big Problem," New Republic. Liberals, he writes, "haven’t made their peace with middle America. Which is a pretty big deal, given that middle America is... Continue Reading →

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‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Ruy Teixeira is optimistic about a progressive triumph against Trump and the Republicans. "Liberals Will Beat Trump in the End," he wrote in Washington Post: "The dominant ideology in the United States is one that combines 'symbolic conservatism' (honoring tradition, distrusting novelty, embracing the conservative label) with “operational liberalism” (wanting government to take more action in... Continue Reading →

I Might Be a Conservative in Britain

My conservative friends in America who rant against "liberalism" around the world do not seem well-informed. They don't seem to realize how isolated or narrow American conservatism appears to conservatives in, say, Britain. American conservatism tends to exalt individual autonomy over responsibility for others, complaining bitterly of the tax burden on those making more than... Continue Reading →

Tracking Policy Reversals by Conservatives and Liberals

What I can't stand about current political coverage is that it lacks perspective. Hysterical reactions to the 24-hour news cycle and sound bites, self-serving statements applied without principle or consistency, almost tribal reactions against "the other" party, ideology or interest group, too little actual listening to people we disagree with, obsessive attention to inaccurate polls that... Continue Reading →

Liberal Reawakening?

Traditional New Deal liberalism has been dead in presidential elections since Walter Mondale was trounced by Ronald Reagan in 1984. Democratic nominees since then -- Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama -- have embraced a technocratic elite and portrayed themselves as friends of free trade and international trade deals. They claimed... Continue Reading →

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