Opinion

Bending the arc of history back and forth

In politics, it seems there is nothing new under the sun. A century ago, on 5 February 1917, Congress passed by an overwhelming majority the first legislation in American history restricting immigration. Due to chaos and conflict abroad, the bill enjoyed broad popular support, and Congress easily overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The law prohibited…

Opinion

From populist revolt to plutocratic triumph

No political observer of American politics would dare dispute that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was a unique phenomenon. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of his atypical candidacy was its unabashed bigotry, racism and xenophobia. Any narrative of the election that does not take into account Trump’s consistent appeals to the worst angels of human…

Opinion

The Democratic party lost its soul, then lost America

The modern Democratic Party died as it lived, oblivious to the signs of trouble around it. The majority of Democrats supported Hillary Clinton’s nomination, the embodiment of the establishment, despite ominous signs of her unpopularity and a rising populist tide. A bevy of self-assured strategists and operatives dismissed tightening poll numbers. David Plouffe, the brilliant…