Michael Barone

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Michael Barone
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Will Joe Biden's Jim Crow Big Lie Boomerang?
By Michael Barone
The big lie works -- until it doesn't.The big lie in this case is Joe Biden's charge that the changes ...
April 09, 2021
Too Much Risk Aversion Is Too Risky
By Michael Barone
"This is not politics," President Joe Biden said last week. "Reinstate the mandate if you let it down." Give him ...
April 02, 2021
Can the Biden Administration Stop China?
By Michael Barone
The acrid atmosphere last week at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, with its vivid murals of the 18th-century ...
March 26, 2021
What Explains Biden's Chameleonlike Transformation?
By Michael Barone
How to explain Joe Biden's ideological transformation over the years? Perhaps it's the same as the explanation of why the ...
March 19, 2021
Biden Moves Forward With Open-Doors Immigration Policy. Why?
By Michael Barone
"BIDEN," say the young demonstrators' T-shirts, imitating his campaign logo, "PLEASE LET US IN!" The picture ran in The New ...
March 12, 2021
Is There Any Reason to Think This Time Will Be Different?
By Michael Barone
When public policies have produced disastrous results, and when alternative policies have resulted in immediate, seemingly miraculous improvement, why would ...
March 05, 2021
Partisan Strife Produces High Voter Turnout -- and No Big Boost for Either Party
By Michael Barone
The last decade has seen a boom in voter turnout -- for both parties. Between the 2012 and 2020 presidential ...
February 26, 2021
Will Biden Payoff to Teachers Unions Repel Suburban Parents?
By Michael Barone
You expect a certain number of stumbles from a new administration. President Joe Biden's incoming team professed dismay at having ...
February 19, 2021
The Republican Party Won't Fall Apart This Time Either
By Michael Barone
When you've been consuming and producing political commentary for many years, you get used to certain recurring themes. One is ...
February 12, 2021
The United States of Racial Quotas and Preferences
By Michael Barone
On Tuesday, six days into Joe Biden's administration, it became clear why Susan Rice, hitherto a foreign policy specialist, was ...
January 29, 2021
Biden's Heartfelt Appeal for Unity Likely to Be Unavailing
By Michael Barone
"We must end this uncivil war," Joe Biden proclaimed shortly after he became the 46th president on Wednesday. Hours earlier, ...
January 22, 2021
From Impeaching Incitement to Canceling Conservatism
By Michael Barone
It wasn't just Donald Trump's detractors who felt a sudden sense of relief when they heard that Twitter was blocking ...
January 15, 2021
Will Democrats Ditch a Policy That's Produced More Equal Incomes?
By Michael Barone
The policies of defeated one-term presidents are not as easily reversed as their victorious successors, suffused with campaign rhetoric, sometimes ...
January 08, 2021
The Year America Went Crazy
By Michael Barone
Did America go crazy in 2020? I suspect observers years hence will think so because of the responses, of both ...
January 01, 2021
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