Below are most of the columns I've written since 2007. As of mid-2014 I stopped adding items to this list; you can find my more recent stuff at the American Prospect and the Washington Post's Plum Line blog.
It isn't that you won't realize it's not human, it's that you won't care.
July 21, 2014
This is where the battles will be waged.
June 30, 2014
She's the candidate of the head, not the heart.
June 16, 2014
The danger of doctrines.
June 2, 2014
What do Tea Partiers do when the drama is over?
May 19, 2014
Lots of shouting and dancing, but not much substance.
May 5, 2014
Sometimes, willfully ignoring the facts makes a kind of sense.
April 21, 2014
You don't need bribes to distort the political system.
April 7, 2014
Lee Atwater was right. Sort of.
March 24, 2014
Food and health care are for losers, conservatives assure the poor.
March 10, 2014
Religious conservatives try to transform the First Amendment.
February 24, 2014
Want to screw your workers and avoid accountability? Blame Obamacare.
February 10, 2014
Will Republicans ever realize that deifying business owners is bad politics?
February 3, 2014
Before long, it may become impossible to be anonymous.
January 21, 2014
Learning lessons from the umbrage police.
January 6, 2014
Why conservatives always lose arguments over exemplars.
December 23, 2013
All the data you could want.
December 12, 2013
Are their complaints legitimate?
December 9, 2013
Media outlets race to attract the wonkiest and geekiest.
November 25, 2013
The mistake was treating it like any other government project.
October 28, 2o13
Charts on young people and health insurance.
October 24, 2013
They can't solve their problems if they can't understand them.
October 15, 2013
It's a giant kludge, built on top of an even bigger kludge.
September 30, 2013
Answers to all your questions.
September 19, 2013
Coming to terms with our superiority complex.
September 16, 2013
Billie Jean King's legacy, 40 years after the Battle of the Sexes
September 3, 2013
We know it's early, but we just can't help ourselves.
August 19, 2013
Why is America the world leader in locking its citizens up?
August 15, 2013
Obama's campaign manager goes to work for the Tories.
August 5, 2012
What it means to be the racial default setting.
July 22, 2013
Turns out you need more than dark insinuation.
July 8, 2013
Our broadband is getting faster, but we're paying through the nose for it.
June 24, 2013
What happens when a story doesn't satisfy our need for justice to prevail.
June 10, 2013
He's actually building an admirable record on diversity.
May 31, 2013
How assumptions about faith are changing.
May 27, 2013
Once that train gets going, it's awfully hard to stop.
May 13, 2013
Fisker may be teetering, but the administration's record is pretty good.
April 29, 2013
Reasons to be happy about April 15.
April 15, 2013
Why the economic culture war fizzled.
April 1, 2013
What if Rob Portman's son weren't gay?
March 18, 2013
Ten years later, looking back at the Iraq War.
March 5, 2013
The 2016 Democratic contenders are moving left.
February 19, 2013
The cultural resentments never fade.
February 4, 2013
In his second term, he'll likely be a tougher president.
January 21, 2013
The proposals we're seeing won't make more than a dent in the problem.
January 9, 2013
Republicans are already preparing.
January 2, 2013
A guide to the debate.
December 15, 2012
Reality television comes to West Virginia.
December 11, 2012
Politics is increasingly invading the workplace.
November 26, 2012
Republicans blame the moochers for their lost election.
November 12, 2012
What we know and don't know about Obama and Romney.
October 29, 2012
Unfortunately, we won't be able to peer into their hearts.
October 22, 2012
What we can learn from debates past.
October 15, 2012
The explosion of spending from the candidates themselves.
October 12, 2012
A chance to be more important than most
October 11, 2012
Why the town hall debate could trip Mitt up.
October 8, 2012
Game changers? Not usually.
September 27, 2012
Conservatives turn on Romney.
September 25, 2012
Which economic indicators matter most in an election?
September 20, 2012
What role will religion play in November?
September 13, 2012
Have liberals won?
September 10, 2012
The best and worst speeches of conventions past.
September 6, 2012
A look at convention biography videos.
August 30, 2012
When Republicans look at Obama, they see themselves.
August 27, 2012
What's in store on election day 2012.
August 23, 2012
Sorting out the candidates' competing claims
August 16, 2012
It's the thing about him that will endure.
August 14, 2012
A guide to what the program is and isn't.
August 10, 2012
A guide to the marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot.
August 3, 2012
Why Mitt Romney will be sticking with "You didn't build that."
July 31, 2012
The presidency is not a technocratic position.
July 17, 2012
Centrist Democrats meet extremist Republicans.
July 3, 2012
If Obama is going to win, he needs both.
June 18, 2012
It's not about race, it's about power.
June 4, 2012
Still hoping to uncover Barack Obama's deep dark secret.
Picking the next president necessitates it.
May 3, 2012
The Obama campaign isn't even fighting on guns.
April 23, 2012
Will religion disappear in the general election?
April 9, 2012
The challenges facing the secular movement.
March 27, 2012
It's extremely hard to unseat an incumbent president.
March 13, 2012
Now I know how my Republican friends felt.
February 27, 2012
A profile of Thom Hartmann
February 16, 2012
What real tax reform would look like.
January 30, 2012
Mitt Romney stumbles into a new discussion on the economy.
January 17, 2011
Mommy, What's a Caucus?
An explainer about the Iowa silliness.
An explainer about the Iowa silliness.
January 2, 2011
Why ideologues are the only ones who should care about flip-flopping.
December 21, 2011
This year's primary really is different.
December 5, 2011
They may be fading away.
November 21, 2011
Can Democrats take back the House in 2012?
October 27, 2011
Even the Gipper thought the rich should pay their fair share.
October 18, 2011
As silly as debates are, they're still the best thing about presidential campaigns.
October 10, 2011
Isn't it time to get rid of the Electoral College?
September 27, 2011
Social Security isn't a Ponzi scheme, and it isn't in crisis.
September 22, 2011
It doesn't help you to obsess over whether you're driving your opponents crazy.
September 13, 2011
The GOP's backward-looking radicalism.
September 7, 2011
I read Dick Cheney's book so you don't have to.
September 2, 2011
Rick Perry is almost a real cowboy. And that's the problem.
August 23, 2011
Dispelling some myths about taxes
August 18, 2011
How the 2008 primaries perfectly predicted the kind of president Barack Obama would be
August 11, 2011
His fatal mistake: believing Republicans would be responsible.
July 28, 2011
On the 100th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan's birth, the medium is the message more than ever.
July 21, 2011
When ordinary people get to ask the questions, they do a better job than journalists.
July 12, 2011
For some DC journos, the worst crime is caring about policy.
July 5, 2011
Can fear and disgust get people to quit smoking?
June 23, 2011
The GOP frontrunners: Christian superstars
June 14, 2011
She's more formidable than she looks.
June 7, 2011
How the GOP's Medicare plan is like the Underpants Gnomes.
May 31, 2011
How groupthink will shape the GOP presidential primary.
May 24, 2011
"American exceptionalism" is the 2012 watchword.
May 17, 2011
Our final image of bin Laden should be of him in defeat.
May 4, 2011
Are journalists treating these town halls the way they did the ones in 2009?
May 3, 2011
A hostage crisis unfolds.
April 25, 2011
Does it take satire to hold a lying politician accountable?
April 18, 2011
Why Obama won't stop the budget-cutting.
April 11, 2011
The GOP candidates' Pledge problem.
April 5, 2011
It's not whether you're elite, it's whom you're fighting for.
March 29, 2011
How and why we vilify the other side.
March 22, 2011
How the GOP goes after institutions.
March 15, 2011
Why political compromise is harder than ever.
March 8, 2011
The important question is: How will it end?
March 1, 2011
The insanity of electing judges.
February 22, 2011
Adventures in running and online magazine.
February 15, 2011
The continuing value of public libraries.
February 8, 2011
Has Obama really moved anywhere?
February 1, 2011
On the virtues of a long presidential campaign cycle.
January 25, 2011
Unintended consequences of the president's religious talk.
January 18, 2011
Let's be honest about extreme political rhetoric.
January 11, 2011
"Change" usually means we just want the pendulum to swing our way.
January 4, 2011
The Affordable Care Act won't feel like a government program.
December 21, 2010
Why Democrats should propose real tax reform.
December 14, 2010
Has the President gone too far in compromising?
December 7, 2010
There is no such thing as "the American people."
November 30, 2010
Just how far will Republicans go?
November 23, 2010
You'll be hearing it soon.
November 16, 2010
Can Democrats get specific enough to prevail?
November 9, 2010
Why we can survive a Republican Congress.
November 2, 2010
Just how much will corporate money matter?
October 26, 2010
And why it's going to get worse.
October 19, 2010
How misunderstandings about politics benefit the right.
October 12, 2010
Simple rules for candidates.
October 5, 2010
Why federal spending never goes down.
September 28, 2010
They're just Republicans.
September 21, 2010
Is there really a chance the ACA will be repealed?
September 14, 2010
Like all raucous celebrations, the Tea Party will wind down.
September 7, 2010
Anti-Intellectualism rears its head.
August 31, 2010
Interview with Shahid Buttar.
August 27, 2010
Our current political leadership just isn't all that funny.
August 24, 2010
Are Democrats screwed?
August 17, 2010
Can they stop straddling?
August 10, 2010
Defending the Bush tax cuts.
August 3, 2010
It's not racism, it's race-baiting.
July 27, 2010
Progressives are getting gloomy.
July 20, 2010
Keeping hold of your identity in a technologically shifting world.
July 13, 2010
Can Obama shift the rhetoric?
June 6, 2010
History isn't always the best guide.
June 29, 2010
The case against marriage equality is all about straight people.
June 22, 2010
Do CEOs really make good politicians?
June 15, 2010
An interview with filmmaker Jeffrey Blitz.
June 11, 2010
The madness of the California initiative process.
June 8, 2010
The ban on gays in the military approaches its end.
June 1, 2010
There's no talking to some people.
May 25, 2010
Democrats may be stronger than they look.
May 18, 2010
Sacrificing our values won't make democracy any easier.
May 11, 2010
Do violent video games harm children?
May 4, 2010
James Madison wouldn't know what to do about "crush videos."
April 27, 2010
Why you can ignore Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
April 20, 2010
It's all about who's one of us, and who's the enemy.
April 13, 2010
Why it's so hard to assess presidential ideology.
April 6, 2010
How Obama looks past the day-to-day
March 30, 2010
At long last, the battle is over.
March 20, 2010
Can Republicans do more than talk?
March 16, 2010
Let's give some love to the Postal Service.
March 9, 2010
Why "tort reform" is bad medicine.
March 2, 2010
What's going on at DARPA
February 26, 2010
The rise of Founding Father fetishism.
February 23, 2010
The GOP understands that it's all about what you can get away with.
February 16, 2010
Why we're doing al-Qaeda recruiters a favor.
February 9, 2010
The future of American cities.
February 4, 2010
How conservatives undermined their own arguments.
February 2, 2010
The problem with Obama's State of the Union.
January 28, 2010
They're not doomed, unless they act like it.
January 26, 2010
There's a way to pass health care reform.
January 19, 2010
January 12, 2010
Why we only fear terrorism at the airport.
January 5, 2010
It's not about abortion.
December 29, 2009
The Health Care Ultimatum
Why the "kill the bill" forces are wrong.
December 22, 2009
A Eulogy for the Public Option
There must be room to improve health care reform
December 15, 2009
The Spending Wars
Wars cost money. So why don't we treat them like they do?
December 8, 2009
The Persecution Complex of Sarah Palin
We all define ourselves by our enemies in politics, but it can be taken too far.
December 1, 2009
The Mammogram Mess
Can we have a reasonable discussion about health care?
November 24, 2009
When Hope Meets Reality
The prose of governing.
November 17, 2009
Looking Back, Moving Forward
All that matters is results.
November 10, 2009
Twilight of the Op-Ed Columnist
Are syndicated opinion writers a dying breed?
November 9, 2009
Can Reason Win the Drug War?
Things are moving in the right direction.
November 3, 2009
Fox and Foes
The fact that they're on television shouldn't give them special rights.
October 27, 2009
Their Own Worst Enemy
The health insurers stop pretending they support reform.
October 20, 2009
A Case for Empathy
Conservatives are going to have to learn about it.
October 13, 2009
The Second Coming of Sarah Palin
Could she be the savior of the religious right?
October 6, 2009
Hurry Up and Wait
If health reform passes, it'll be a while before anyone sees the benefits.
September 29, 2009
Glenn Beck's Party
Why he became the leader of the GOP.
September 22, 2009
Stuff Some White People Don't Like
You can't escape the racial element in the opposition to Obama
September 15, 2009
The Three Audiences Obama Has to Please
And the public isn't one of them.
September 8, 2009
Health Care's Lowest Foes
The cynicism is blinding.
September 1, 2009
Last Chance for the Public Option?
Reports of its demise could be premature.
August 25, 2009
The insurance lobby is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
August 18, 2009
All the Rage Over Health Care Reform
It's not really about health care.
August 11, 2009
Health Care's Public Perception Malady
Successful reform won't change antipathy toward government.
August 4, 2009
The 10 Dumbest Arguments Against Health Care Reform
Get 'em while they're hot.
July 28, 2009
Going Strong on the Wrong Message
The GOP's message unity bites them back.
July 21, 2009
We'll Always Have Wasilla
Sarah Palin, I just can't quit you.
July 14, 2009
Health Care's True Price
The missing piece in the reform debate: security.
July 7, 2009
The Fretting Over Health Care Reform
Is health care history repeating itself? Not quite.
June 30, 2009
Health Care Reform Villians
It's time to identify the bad guys.
June 23, 2009
The Left and the Living Dead
June 16, 2008
The Numbers Game
The tyranny of fuzzy math.
June 9, 2009
Why Republicans can't say what they mean on judges.
June 2, 2009
It's Gingrich Time
Why we're seeing more of Newt.
May 27, 2009
The Health Care Time Warp
Republicans are dusting off the old rhetorical playbook.
May 19, 2009
Not Even Chuck Norris Can Save the GOP
Is it any wonder Republicans are directionless?
May 12, 2009
A Taxing Argument
Taxation isn't the problem Republicans imagine.
May 5, 2009
How partisan elites influence the rest of the population.
April 28, 2009
It's the End of the World As They Know It
The American right appears to be going insane.
April 21, 2009
We've Already Won the Battle Over Gay Marriage
It's conservatives who are ceding ground.
April 14, 2009
The President's Aesthetic Goes Global
Obama's fonts and colors conquer the world.
April 7, 2009
Who's Afraid of New Media?
The old media, that's who.
March 31, 2009
Can a Click Replace a Glance?
What we'll miss about newspapers.
March 24, 2009
So Long, Alex P. Keaton
What the Obama generation will mean for the future of politics.
March 17, 2009
The Tiny Battles of a Has-Been Candidate
Why do we still care what John McCain thinks?
March 10, 2009
Believe It Or Not, He's Walking On Air
Obama is looking more and more like a liberal Reagan.
March 3, 2009
There Is No Social Security Crisis
Get it through your head.
February 24, 2009
The Tyranny of the Centrists
If they're in charge, we're all in trouble.
February 17, 2009
Good Work, If You Can Get It
"Jobs," like everything else, are in the eye of the beholder.
February 10, 2009
Limbaugh vs. Obama
The President knows just what he's doing.
February 3, 2009
With God On Our Side?
Will the administration re-separate church and state?
January 27, 2009
What We Talk About When We Talk About Obama
Now we'll find out what kind of president we're getting.
January 20, 2009
The Bush Legacy Takes Shape
Time to look back.
January 13, 2009
What Will the Next Republican Coalition Look Like?
"The unpoor, the unblack and the unyoung" won't cut it anymore.
January 6, 2009
The Public Option and the Hope of Health Care Reform
This is where the real debate is.
December 23, 2008
Nobody Here But Us Post-Partisans
Does it matter if Obama doesn't call his policies progressive?
December 16, 2008
Government is Back
The age of Obama begins.
December 9, 2008
Obama and Liberals' Fears
The election was defined as much b y what didn't happen as what did.
December 2, 2008
Let the Conservative Whining Begin
It's going to be a long four years
November 25, 2008
Can Obama Make Hacks and Wonks Work Together?
Restoring balance to the federal government.
November 18, 2008
Goodbye and Good Riddance
And don't let the door hit you on the way out, George.
November 11, 2008
Why We Vote
What election day really means
November 4, 2008
The Real October Surprise
Could Democrats benefit from reminders of terrorism?
October 28, 2008
One Cool Customer
Obama's key character trait.
October 21, 2008
The Permanent (Smear) Campaign
What will happen if Obama wins
October 14, 2008
Will the November Surprise Be Disenfranchised Voters?
Things have gotten worse, not better
October 7, 2008
The Coming Conservative Crackup
What the economic crisis is doing to the right
September 30, 2008
The Ideology Gap
Why McCain can't solve the financial crisis
September 23, 2008
How to Win a Presidential Debate
It's all about what the press thinks
September 16, 2008
The Politics of Contempt
The Republicans declare war on...you
September 9, 2008
What Obama did right in his convention speech
September 2, 2008
The Speech Progressives Have Been Waiting For?
What Obama should say
August 27, 2008
It's Not About the Medals
Why the Olympics should really make us proud
August 19, 2008
I'm Sigmund Freud, and I Approve This Message
Beware candidates bearing tire gauges
August 12, 2008
Why Obama Should Name His Cabinet Now
How to reassure everyone
August 5, 2008
Playing His Own Game
Shockingly, Democrats actually have the upper hand
July 29, 2008
It's the Economists, Stupid
The real problem with Phil Gramm
July 15, 2008
The McCain Rules
The press' favorite candidate
July 8, 2008
McCain: Noun, Verb, Terrorism
Does he have anything else to talk about?
July 1, 2008
Angry Black Woman alert!
June 25, 2008
McCain's Desperate Debate Gambit
Presidents don't govern by town hall.
June 17, 2008
The Soft Art
Barack Obama, Judoku
June 11, 2008
The POW Dodge
Despite what he says, John McCain is all too happy to exploit his Vietnam story for political ends
May 27, 2008
The Backlash That Wasn't
Why gay marriage won't be a big deal this year
May 20, 2008
McCain's Judicial Hypocrisy
The ridiculous "judicial activism" charge.
May 13, 2008
How Deep Is Your Love?
Do we need a patriotism-off?
May 6, 2008
How Democrats Can Beat McCain
Worry not, progressives
April 29, 2008
Pay No Attention to the Media Behind the Curtain
The faux scandals don't fall from the sky.
April 22, 2008
How Blue Is Your Collar?
Media millionaires posing as regular guys.
April 15, 2008
Is America a Center-Right Nation?
Despite what conservatives would have you believe, the answer is no.
April 8, 2008
Toward a More Nutritious Election
The problem isn't coverage of character.
April 1, 2008
Conservatives' Hate-Based Campaign Against Obama
Yeah, it's about race.
March 25, 2008
Political Theatre of the Absurd
How Code Pink and their like hurt progressivism
March 18, 2008
More Bellicose Than Bush?
Does McCain really have "credibility" on foreign policy?
March 11, 2008
The Contours of the Campaign to Come
We're getting a taste of what Republicans have in store.
March 4, 2008
Will the Next President Lift the Ban on Gays in the Military?
Is "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" headed for the scrap heap?
February 26, 2008.
The Triumph of Narrative
Why is Obama ahead? Because he's told the better story.
February 19, 2008
The Maverick Myth
Is that really what McCain is?
February 12, 2008
A Question of Ideology
What would the Democratic candidates do for the progressive movement?
February 5, 2008
We do indeed have a military empire
January 31, 2008
The Republican Democrat
Why Hillary Clinton is fighting like a Republican
January 23, 2008
The Huckabee/Obama Challenge
Both candidates are highlighting generational divides
January 16, 2008
Why Conservatives' Crush on Obama Is Doomed
Don't count on the affection continuing
January 9, 2008
The Unease Factor
Hillary Clinton is trying to make voters feel unsettled.
January 3, 2008
Who Will Get the VP Nod?
Let's start the speculation.
December 19, 2007
The Plutocrats v. The Theocrats
The showdown over the future of the GOP.
December 13, 2007
Woe is the American Worker
Workers are paying the price for our productivity-focused, growth-at-any-cost business world.
December 5, 2007
The Ideal Opponent
Whom do the candidates want to run against in the general election?
November 28, 2007
The Youth Vote, the Culture Wars, and Barack Obama
What younger voters' opinions tell us about the future.
November 21, 2007
Loving Pat Robertson
Rudy Giuliani's new best friend is, quite frankly, a lunatic.
November 14, 2007
Something New Under the Sun
Berkeley's new solar power plan could be a model for cities around the country.
November 7, 2007
Tim Russert: Stop the Inanity
Is he Washington's worst interviewer?
October 31, 2007
Haunted by the Hippie
A specter is haunting the 2008 presidential campaign...
October 24, 2007
Al Gore and the Gaffe Wars
Gore's Nobel Prize was well-deserved, and a stark reminder of how far into trivia the presidential race has fallen
October 17, 2007
The Dems' Big Business Opportunity
Health care reform gives Democrats the chance to convince the corporate world that Republicans aren't good for business.
October 10, 2007
The Myth of the Rational Iowa Voter
Do the supposedly wise and deliberative citizens of Iowa and New Hampshire take their responsibilities seriously?
October 3, 2007
Whither the Conservative Culture War?
The absence of the Republican front runners at last week's Values Voter Debate raises the question of whether the religious right's power is on the wane.
September 27, 2007
Voting for Strategy Over Policy
Why voters need to know how the Democrats plan to get their health care proposals enacted
September 19, 2007
Why Health Care is a Losing Issue for the GOP
How the Democrats can take advantage of GOP free market fundamentalism
September 12, 2007
Trapped in the Political Closet
More than a few politicians feel the need to carve out a private self.
September 5, 2007
A Guide To Media Manipulation, Republican Style
Why Democrats need to watch what they say.
August 29, 2007
The Utter Uselessness of the Petraeus Report
Don't think it will be anything other than a validation of "the surge."
August 22, 2007
GOP Candidates Alienate Latino Voters
They're going to regret their current anti-immigrant campaign.
August 15, 2007
The Failure of Antigovernment Conservatism
Sometimes, government is not the problem, it's the solution.
August 8, 2007
Why we think that our own consumer choices are authentic, while people we don't like are just showing off.
August 1, 2007
Seventeen Candidates In Search Of a Story
Part II - Which '08 candidates have managed to create a compelling narrative around their candidacies.
July 25, 2007
The Power of the Campaign Narrative
Part I - All successful candidates tell a story about their campaigns, while the losers tell bad stories - or no story at all.
July 18, 2007
GOP Candidates Cross the Line in the Culture War
Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson get in trouble with their base - and as usual, it's about sex.
July 11, 2007
Bush's Loyal Mess
The Bush years have shown us the downside of loyalty.
June 27, 2007
The Party of No Ideas
Even by the low standards of contemporary campaigns, the quest for the GOP nomination has been remarkably free of substance.
June 20, 2007
Religion and the Threat Effect
How the religious makeup of your community affects your political decisions.
June 13, 2007