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MISCHIEFS OF FACTION

Reflections on Parties and Their Place in Politics

The View "on the Ground"

Stories of what's happening "on the ground" are very useful at telling us what we want to hear.

The Comedic Stylings of Donald J. Trump

One of the remarkable aspects of Trump’s rhetorical style is that he thinks he’s funny. What explains Trump’s attempt at humor?

But really, why should you believe in elections?

When elections are administered fairly, we agree to accept their outcomes out of a sense of faith, determination, and social contract.

Will 2020 be a “wave” election?

Predictive models indicate that Democrats will do well in November -- but that doesn’t mean an election “wave” is coming.

In 2020, the Ground Game is All Trump

Democrats usually have more field offices than Republicans. That's been completely reversed in 2020, thanks to Covid.