How Republicans embraced identity politics

SOME Democrats blamed identity politics for Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016. Mark Lilla, a historian from Columbia University, suggested in the New York Times that Democratic identity politics “encouraged white, rural, religious Americans to think of themselves as a disadvantaged group.” But new research suggests that identity politics is not …

H.R. McMaster out, John Bolton in

IN PROFESSIONAL wrestling, a fake form of combat mistaken for the real thing by some fans, a “carpenter” is a skilled wrestler of middling fame, whose job is to make rising stars look strong and intimidating. Remember that jargon—and President Donald Trump’s long-standing love of professional wrestling—when trying to understand …

A Democratic face-off in Illinois’s third district

ON MARCH 19th, Democrats and Republicans in Illinois are holding primaries to select their candidates for governor, 18 congressional seats, attorney-general, secretary of state and other local offices. The gubernatorial race is getting the bulk of media attention: Bruce Rauner, a singularly vulnerable Republican governor, is fighting for his political …

Democratic smiles in Pennsylvania’s special election

“MARINE, prosecutor, patriot, Catholic. Democratic nominee for Congress in the #PA18 special election on March 13th, 2018.” Conor Lamb’s description of himself on Twitter sums up neatly why the 33-year-old newcomer to local politics is the perfect candidate for a congressional district in south-western Pennsylvania that is overwhelmingly white, socially …

Donald Trump sacks Rex Tillerson

IT WAS announced, like so many of the president’s big decisions, in a tweet. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job”, wrote Donald Trump on the morning of March 13th. “Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!” …