When ‘Democrat’ is a worse slur than ‘alleged sexual miscreant’

President Trump’s rationale for continuing to support Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the Senate in the Alabama, was simple when he offered it on Tuesday. “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump said. The contrast Trump drew, then, was this. Either Moore, accused of sexual […] Read more »

How to fix the Democratic Party

Last week’s Democratic mini-wave has party members elated, and there is no question that the party is poised for gains in 2018 and perhaps 2020. Capitalizing on this opportunity means first understanding that Nov. 7 showed that moderate candidates offer the best chance for a bigger victory in 2018 and […] Read more »

How social media fires people’s passions – and builds extremist divisions

Passionate feelings can lead to extreme divisions. pathdoc/Shutterstock.com Robert Kozinets, University of Southern California The people of the United States continue to learn how polarized and divided the nation has become. In one study released in late October by the Pew Research Center, Americans were found to have become increasingly […] Read more »

Trump dominates the GOP base. Party leaders live with the consequences.

The Republican Party has been plunged into ever more turmoil, thanks to the outcome of the off-year election in Virginia, the results of contests elsewhere around the country and an allegation of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the party’s candidate for Senate in Alabama. … Republicans have been dealing with […] Read more »