Reflections on Parties and Their Place in Politics

Ending the Primary?

Colorado Republicans may vote this weekend to abandon their primary and pick nominees by convention. Here's why and what it would mean.

The Recall We Were Warned About

In 2003, recall opponents warned that a new governor could win with just 15% of the vote. This year, that could actually happen.

The Limited Power of Trump’s Endorsements

The former president has begun endorsing favored Republicans in the 2022 elections, but evidence suggests that it may backfire.

The Two Republican Presidential Contests

The traditional presidential nomination contest has already begun. But Trump has yet to make a decision that could upend everything else.

Why Republicans are Ousting Liz Cheney

The House GOP has decided it can’t win without Trump’s voters and it can’t keep Trump’s voters if a party leader is condemning Trump.

It Takes (At Least) Two to Do Democracy

A third of state legislative contests regularly go uncontested, undermining one of the basic facets of democratic governance.

The faculty lounge discourse* is a red herring

Academics are mad at James Carville for dismissing what he calls "faculty lounge" politics in his Vox interview with Sean Illing. His...

Mayor of Crazytown

John Boehner’s new memoir underscores the challenges of governing in today’s Congress.

What Makes a Good Nominee?

Mondale got annihilated in his run against Reagan; does that mean he was a bad nominee?

Letters to a Publicly Engaged Academic

If you're a publicly engaged scholar, there are critics who want to silence you. Here's how to keep them from winning.