American Prospect columns
An explainer about the Iowa silliness.
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
It looks like another presidential candidate is aiming to win by marketing manhood.
July 10, 2007
Scaring The Pants Off Men
Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and other strong women in politics are sending right-wing men into a fury. Too bad.
March 28, 2007 09:04 AM
Damn Right, We're Angry
Progressives don't need to apologize for raging against conservative evils.
March 14, 2007
The Trouble With Rudy
Giuliani can woo social conservative hearts all he wants, but the cross-dressing, gay-friendly mayor will never win them over.
February 28, 2007
Cue the Smear Machine
Obama and Edwards have already been slimed. But progressives are learning to fight back.
February 13, 2007
Paying A Fair Share
Democrats need a simple taxation message if they are to sustain their majority.
January 31, 2007
Ghosts Of Vietnam
However strenuously conservatives deny it, Iraq and Vietnam share parallel lines to defeat.
January 17, 2007
The GOP's Religious Litmus
Are candidates like John McCain doomed by their lack of visible piety?
January 3, 2007
The Hippie Era Just Won't Die
More than 36 years after the '60s ended, that decade remains at the center of the political divide.
December 13, 2006
The Incredible Shrinking GOP
Democrats can gain from the gutting of the Republican moderate wing if they make the right moves.
November 29, 2006
The Obama Zeitgeist
His recognition of America's need for political and cultural healing may be a lesson for progressives.
October 18, 2006
The E-Mail Slime Trail
It runs from Abramoff to Foley: a path of corruption paved in ones and zeros.
October 4, 2006
Doing The Moral Limbo
Bush and conservatives get in touch with their inner barbarian.
September 20, 2006
Adapting To Win In 2008
Democratic presidential politics will never look the same after this midterm election.
September 6, 2006
Hungry For World War III
The right wants to wrap today's crises in the nostalgia of conflicts gone by.
August 9, 2006
Bush Gut Check
When the president trusts his guts, we should know by now what's about to hit the fan.
July 26, 2006
Macho, Macho Man
Don't get distracted by the erectness of President Bush. It's all for show.
June 28, 2006
The Progressive Identity Complex
It isn't enough to put a big idea before the American people—progressives have to build a political identity.
May 3, 2006
Republican v. Republican
How ongoing corruption scandals—Abramoff, New Hampshire, DeLay—are eroding GOP unity.
April 19, 2006
Running From Roe
South Dakota's extreme new law is making Republicans squirm—and Democrats should be pouncing.
March 22, 2006
'Unitary Executive' Or Autocracy?
The Bush administration has replaced the rule of law with the rule by one.
March 8, 2006
The GOP's Loyalty Fetish
Conservatives value a simple belief in the absolute and perfect authority of George W. Bush more than personal responsibility.
February 22, 2006
The split among major evangelicals on global warming exposes a fault line in the conservative movement.
February 8, 2006