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MISCHIEFS OF FACTION

Reflections on Parties and Their Place in Politics

With or Without Parties?

Are we still better off with parties than without them? What we've learned about their vulnerabilities and dangers in the past decade.

Are the Forecast Models just plain Wrong?

In 2022, what traditional forecast models are telling is wildly different from what everything else is telling us. Here's why.

Dobbs and the Sorting of America

by Casey Burgat Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) may be right (well, at least about one part of one thing): the institution-shaking Supreme...

Republicans Doing Normal Party Stuff in Colorado

Something interesting happened in last week's primary elections in Colorado. In several key races, the Republican Party seemed to rally...

The most powerful caucus in Congress?

When it was founded eight years ago, few expected the House Freedom Caucus to be as influential in American politics as it turned out to be.

Predicting election "waves"

Things look good for Republicans running for Congress. But it's still too early to say if 2022 will be a GOP "wave" election.

Gauging Trump’s electoral influence

Trump’s endorsements aren't as influential as he claims, but they can matter in some races -- and especially when Republicans think they do.

Who Fled the Center?

Elon Musk is wrong about polarization, but the truth is actually complicated depending on which part of parties you examine.

Trump’s unusual endorsement game

Trump’s atypical approach to endorsing election candidates shows who his endorsements are really for: himself.

The continuing war against Liz Cheney

Why did GOP leaders commit the risky move of endorsing Cheney’s primary challenger? And what does it tell us about the GOP?

When a Party Censures

Julia and Seth argue about Sinema, whether parties should censure, and whether this was the time to do it.