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 »

Top Five Takeaways from the 2017 Elections

The 2017 elections were quite a revelation. Pretty much everywhere where the Republicans could have lost, they lost. … One must be cautious in reading too much into any one election, especially a non-federal one where electoral contests were irregularly scattered around the country. But there are some important takeaways […] Read more »

Virginia: Immigration and the election for governor

On a press call held today, CASA in Action, NextGen America, and America’s Voice joined Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions to discuss the findings and implications of election eve polling of Virginia’s voters. … Matt Barreto, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Latino Decisions, highlighted some of the key takeaways of […] Read more »

Rural white voters didn’t show up for Virginia’s election

What fueled Democrats’ victories on Tuesday? A quick analysis from the New York Times suggests this was a “suburban rebellion,” with moderates shifting from Donald Trump to Democrats. A look at the Virginia vote, however, suggests that votes in the most rural, conservative counties may hold the real story. CONT. […] Read more »

America, a year later: The divided era of politics didn’t start with Trump’s victory. But it has gotten worse under his presidency.

One Election Night a year ago didn’t get us to this place. Long before Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton for the presidency last year, the nation was facing steadily rising social and political tensions rooted in diverging reactions to the relentless economic, demographic and cultural changes reshaping American life. But […] Read more »