Category: Mark’s Hill Column

Time for GOP panic?

Donald Trump signed a contract with me and then violated it — and I think it’s going to cost him. The president affixed his signature to a “Contract With The American Voter” (that’s me) in which he made 60 promises for his first 100 days in office, according to Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler. Kessler

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Partisanship: A powerful drug

Partisanship is an increasingly powerful, mind-altering drug. It affects not only our perception of what is right and wrong, but also of what is real. Four years ago, I reported here on an experiment we conducted for the Bipartisan Policy Center with our colleagues at North Star Opinion Research. We presented respondents with two different

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Change the nominee

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) could not be more right: “When a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules, you should change the nominee,” he said. A dozen years ago, in this space, I argued, “It should take 60 votes to put someone on the Supreme Court for life. We should

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Republican failure

Despite all the bragging about his talents, despite predicting an endless series of “wins,” despite crowning himself the ultimate “deal-maker,” despite his unsurpassed narcissism and his unrelenting ego, Donald Trump failed last week. A week before the election, he promised to “immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare.” Yet, 64 days into his term, he failed to

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Red in the face?

Truth be told, President Trump, his administration and his supporters have a good deal to be embarrassed about of late. Yet, not a trace of that emotion is ever apparent from him, his spokespeople or his acolytes. And that ought to be deeply troubling. The potential causes of embarrassment are legion. Take, for example, the

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What Dems should do now

As Democrats continue to sort through the wreckage of 2016, to ensure we are not doomed to repeat it, we would do well to honestly confront some fundamental realities. Too many Democrats desperately cling to the politically inconsequential fact that Hillary Clinton bested President Trump by over 2 points in the national popular vote. It

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Trump’s unpopular budget

For better or worse, President Trump has displayed little interest in adopting polices that enjoy public support. Republican members of Congress ought to be uncomfortable with this approach. On the one hand, in a democracy like ours, public sentiment and public priorities ought to be felt in public policy. Moreover, Republican senators and members of

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Rating the presidents

Anti-intellectualism is one of the leitmotifs of our present circumstance. We have no use for experts, no time for careful thought, no patience for sifting evidence and no interest in nuance. While we have not yet adopted Mao’s practice of sentencing thinking people to re-education camps in the wilderness, our president has begun to emulate

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Trump proves most risky move

It has proven to be far riskier than they could have possibly anticipated. On Election Day, the vast majority of voters considered Donald Trump in the Oval Office a serious risk. While 52 percent thought Clinton was qualified for the job, only 38 percent said that about Trump, exit polls showed. Fifty-five percent believed Clinton

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Refugee redux

For just about the first time in history, a majority of Americans favor allowing meaningful numbers of refugees into the country — and we may have President Trump to thank for it. Last week, I lamented the rather depressing evidence of our hardened hearts in times past: whether it was children during the Holocaust, or

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