Opinion: 5 Ways Democrats Can Turn House Win into Future Success

We won the House majority. We won districts that we didn’t even think were competitive. Champagne bottles were uncorked, optimism was wild, and hopes were high. But that isn’t yesterday’s news. That was 2006’s news, which was the last midterm election that Democrats won. Four Read More …

Opinion: Trump Voters Will Never Flip but That’s Great News for Democrats

It was more James Cagney than commander in chief. The president of the United States, interviewed on Fox News, proclaimed for the American people, “It’s called flipping, and it almost ought to be illegal.” He was reacting to news that Michael Cohen, his former special counsel, Read More …

Opinion: Democrats Partying Like It’s 2006

  Democrats are partying like it’s 2006, which was the last time they snatched the majority from House Republicans. But August doesn’t tell you much about upcoming elections. Actually, September is when the cruel electoral winds shake loose some House seats. I remember sitting in Read More …

Opinion: America Is Waging a Civic War

Pop quiz! Question #1: Name each of the three branches of government. Question #2: Name each of the Three Stooges. If you are reading the opinion section of The Hill, you probably nailed both questions. But a 2006 national poll conducted by Zogby found that only 42 Read More …

Opinion: Is Trump Colluding With the Democrats?

Is Donald Trump is colluding with Nancy Pelosi instead of Vladimir Putin? Is he a machiavellian savant who knows that his only path to reelection in 2020 is to help elect a Democratic congressional majority in 2018? Those are the only rational explanations for his endorsing, just 99 days Read More …

Opinion: Requiem for the GOP

It was a nice party while it lasted. Republicans once stood for a hawkish foreign policy. But 79 percent of Republican voters said they approved of President Donald Trump’s dovish coddling of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Suddenly, the skepticism of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Read More …

Opinion: Crowley Loss Signals Voter Volatility

There is a risk, in assessing a titanic political upset, of sounding eulogistic. That is especially true with Congressman Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), a vibrant and gregarious figure in the House who suffered defeat in the Democratic primary but who has a flourishing future. So forgive me if Read More …

Opinion: So the Tea Party Wants a Tea Party

Many of the people who called my office in 2010, when Congress was about to vote on the Affordable Care Act, and who told interns to perform a lonely and quite impossible form of sexual intercourse, now want respectful discourse? Those who stormed congressional town Read More …