Category: Mark’s Hill Column

History’s judgment

History will judge the current Republican Congress harshly. Their fellow citizens already are. In a mid-November Quinnipiac University poll, a mere 15 percent approved of the way Republicans in Congress are handling their jobs, while 79 percent disapproved. Never has a congressional party been so unpopular. Neither have their leaders. Just 25 percent of Americans

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From Virginia to …

Virginia victories provided Democrats with a needed psychological shot in the arm. My firm was particularly thrilled to see our client, Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax become the second African-American to win statewide office in Virginia, despite being outspent 4-to-1. But while the depth and breadth of Democratic victories in the Commonwealth was wonderful news, it’s

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Damaging dialogue

Democrats’ latest drama is dividing friends, colleagues and party leaders. People I love and admire argue the presidential primary process was “rigged,” while individuals for whom I have just as much affection and admiration respond that it’s nonsense. I’m going to tick them all off by taking no position on the underlying controversy, except to

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Does ‘us’ need ‘them’?

Democrats and Republicans dislike each other more than ever before. Donald Trump won the White House, in part, by creating an identity for his followers — distinguishing sharply between an aggrieved “us” and a guilty “them.” Disregarding the definitional problems I’ve treated before, America feels deeply polarized. How did that come about? Numerous hypotheses have been

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Sexism in 2016

With the publication of Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir, and the Harvey Weinstein scandal raging, it’s propitious to examine the much debated role of sexism in the last election. In 1937, only 33 percent of Americans said they would vote for an otherwise qualified presidential candidate from their party, if the nominee was a woman. By 2012,

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Are we doing it all wrong?

Imagine you’re studying the impact of food consumption on health. You’re running a huge experiment — you rounded up 100,000 people, and measured all their vitals (weight, blood pressure, good cholesterol and bad, blood sugar, etc.). You then divided them into two groups, strictly at random. Of course, some members of each group are healthy,

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GOP original sins

Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have seemingly entered a final death spiral. The whole undertaking has been perhaps the most massive legislative embarrassment in history, inflicting untold damage on the Republican Party, President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). In poll after poll, the Republican Party

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Voter fraud commission fails on all fronts

In an effort to provide support for his fact-free outbursts, President Trump appointed a commission to examine voter fraud. It turns out that the biggest fraud is the commission itself. Any reasonable examination of the issue would have to grapple intelligently with three core questions: •  Is voter fraud a significant problem? •  Will the

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GOP tax reform: likely loser

Republicans could score with their tax reform proposals. But they almost certainly won’t. Americans would be receptive to eliminating tax breaks for big corporations and lowering taxes for the middle class. Alas, the GOP is congenitally incapable of producing such a plan because its real objective has long been reducing taxes for the wealthiest Americans

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Don’t bet on better numbers

Desperately trying to quell the panic growing in their guts and in their ranks, Republicans are spinning themselves dizzy trying to explain why President Trump’s approval rating will improve before the midterm. Their desperation arises from the president’s extraordinarily low approval rating and the impact it will likely have on the 2018 elections. President Trump’s

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