Two-thirds of youth fearful about America’s future, prefer Democratic control of Congress, Harvard youth poll finds

A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the Kennedy School of Government, finds that two-thirds of young Americans (67%) are more fearful than hopeful about America’s future. Less than one year before the 2018 midterm elections, likely young American voters […] Read more »

These are the women who could elect Roy Moore

If Republican Roy Moore wins next week’s Senate special election in Alabama, it will be largely because of his support among women. More specifically, Moore’s ability to survive the allegations of sexually pursuing young girls, which have rocked his campaign, will likely turn on whether he can maintain his pre-scandal […] Read more »

Race and Class and What Happened in 2016

… Simple explanations are rarely complete explanations, but when a candidate makes many more populist promises than is usual for a Republican, and then wins more working-class votes than is usual, the straightforward explanation — that the promises actually resonated with voters — probably contains a lot of truth. And […] Read more »

Will the tax plan break the Republican coalition?

Since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, the Republican coalition has revolved around a delicate but durable balancing act. The ongoing drive to complete the GOP’s tax bill will test whether that balance can endure under the heightened stress Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency is imposing on it. Over roughly […] Read more »

Democrats Should Reject the Defeatism of Serwer and Coates

Donald Trump is a stone cold racist. So are most of his supporters. These facts are incontrovertible, and no realistic analysis of the current state of political affairs can be written without acknowledging them up front. Unfortunately, those realities have led many intelligent analysts to overinterpret the results of the […] Read more »

White Male Gun Owners Who Have Felt Economic Stress Are More Likely to Feel Morally and Emotionally Attached to Guns

White male gun owners who have lost, or fear losing, their economic footing tend to feel morally and emotionally attached to their guns, according to a Baylor University study. This segment of the population also is most likely to say that violence against the United States government is sometimes justified, […] Read more »

Before Breitbart, there was the Charleston News and Courier

Political reporter William D. Workman speaks at a GOP event in 1962. Courtesy of South Carolina Political Collections, University of South Carolina, CC BY Sid Bedingfield, University of Minnesota Conservatives who dislike Donald Trump like to blame the president and his Breitbart cheering section for the racial demagoguery they see […] Read more »

The Nationalist’s Delusion

… Less than three weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump declared himself “the least racist person you have ever met.” Even before he won, the United States was consumed by a debate over the nature of his appeal. Was racism the driving force behind Trump’s candidacy? If so, […] Read more »