Adam Rapfogel, Tufts University: Unity: political parties love to claim it and national conventions are generally designed around showcasing it, but in today’s divisive political climate, it often proves elusive. A few short weeks ago at the Republican National Convention, some delegates held one final passionate – but ill-fated – attempt to “dump Trump.” The […]Read more "An Uneasy Peace at the DNC"
Richard D. Elliott, UMBC: The Democratic Party has been, for the last 50 years or so, the home of American progressive politics. However, the rightwing surge of the 1990’s has put quite a dent in that legacy. It’d be ludicrous to argue that the Republican Party is a progressive unit, but the Democratic Party has […]Read more "The Democratic Party: How Progressive? Sincerely, A Sanders Supporter"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: This year, an extraordinarily rare moment in American politics may be actualized: a brokered convention. A brokered convention is a situation in which no single candidate has secured a majority of delegates. The last election cycle with a truly open convention was the 1920 Republican National Convention. In that convention, there were […]Read more "Brokered Convention"
McHenry Lee, JHU: The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia could not have come at a worse time for the Grand Old Party. With the slim conservative majority on the court suddenly gone, President Obama had the chance to alter the power dynamic of the judicial branch for the next generation. Congressional Republicans understandably feared the […]Read more "The GOP and Merrick Garland: Democracy or Obstructionism?"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: This election cycle has been unconventional, to say the least. A year ago, Hillary Clinton had a 45 point lead on her nearest competitor, Vice President Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders was an unknown socialist from Vermont who was polling at 4%. Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, had a narrow national lead […]Read more "The Downfall of Establishment Politics"
Alex Fine, JHU: As establishment Republicans come to terms with the very real possibility that the authoritarian, populist, and pseudo-fascist Donald Trump will be their party’s nominee for the 2016 presidential election, many in the United States are struggling to explain how such a brash and divisive figure was able to gain traction in their […]Read more "The Rise of the Right"
Alex Robledo, Georgetown University: Two weeks ago, the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shocked the nation. He was a divisive figure, to be sure. Known for his scathing dissents from the bench, Scalia was both loved and loathed for his tendency to never mince words. But even as a fiery defender of […]Read more "GOP Needs to Govern, Not Obstruct"
Guillermo Herrera, JHU: Back in July 2015 when Donald Trump announced his candidacy, many assumed it would be a short-lived comic relief from the intensity of a presidential race, particularly because of his outlandish, discriminatory comments and bombastic persona. Today, however, with a firm lead in the Republican primaries, Trump has proved his resilience to […]Read more "Trump is Not Simply a Nightmare that America Will Awake From and Forget"
Tyler Lewis, UMBC: On January 30 and January 31, The New York Times, one of our nation’s most renowned print newspapers, gave its endorsements for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. As someone who considers himself a moderate, I was extremely interested to see which candidates their editorial board had chosen to support. Upon seeing the […]Read more "New York Times’ Presidential Endorsements: Slanted Rhetoric"
Dana Ettinger, JHU: The Republican Party has a questionable track record when it comes to sexual assault. Misogynistic comments from candidates and elected officials are not uncommon. That makes the Safe Campus Act, a new bill intended to fix the campus sexual assault crisis, a surprising departure. At first glance, it looks like Republicans are […]Read more "The Safe Campus Act"