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Center-left parties should learn that small-bore solutions are a waste of time.
Support for pro-Trump Republicans remains driven by relatively well-off whites in fast-growing, rapidly diversifying suburbs—not by economic despair in rural America.
If Trump was the end of the “party of ideas,” the rise of Reagan was its start. But what were those “ideas” in the first place, and were they really as new as people said?
Lawrence B. Glickman
Joe Biden positioned himself as the “return to normalcy” candidate. But normalcy is not something we can afford—we must actively resist it.
Unless we bolster its foundations, our enfeebled democracy won’t be able to solve any of the daunting problems Biden has singled out as priorities.
We should condemn the president-elect’s record on race, but that does not foreclose hope for his administration.
Basic norms exist for political parties; Republicans don’t meet them.
Part two of a conversation on voter turnout, vote counting, and what we can expect now.
Reed Hundt, Joshua Cohen
The only antidote to despair over national politics will be to generate and expand new solutions at local, state, and regional levels.
Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation is a sham, but it is one the Constitution allows. There’s only one way out of this crisis: we must amend.
Julie C. Suk
Trump is the latest in a long line of politicians who have leveraged the fear of white voters. A new path forward must address the structures and finances that propagate, sustain, and shamelessly benefit from it.
Jonathan M. Metzl
The party’s fifty-year strategy has reached an electoral dead end.
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