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Mr. Barone is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and the principal co-author of The Almanac of American Politics, published by National Journal every two years.

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  • The Dogs That Aren't Barking in the 2016 Campaign

    The Dogs That Aren’t Barking in the 2016 Campaign

    Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of the Silver Blaze by noting the dog that didn’t bark in the night. It strikes me that in this wild and woolly campaign cycle there have been numerous dogs not barking in the night, or in the daytime either.

  • Is There Any Precedent in History for Donald Trump?

    Is There Any Precedent in History for Donald Trump?

    In November 1964 a crowd of 5,000 attended the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, then the longest suspension bridge in the world. Presiding were New York Mayor Robert Wagner, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and transportation and parks czar Robert Moses. Also in the crowd was a teenager named Donald Trump.

  • Walker Withdrawal Shows Changes in Republican Contest

    Walker Withdrawal Shows Changes in Republican Contest

    Scott Walker’s abrupt withdrawal from the Republican presidential race Monday afternoon shows how different, in ways noticed and unnoticed, this campaign cycle is from those of recent years. One obvious difference is the size of the Republican field — 17, before Walker’s withdrawal and Rick Perry’s withdrawal 10 days before. That has made debates unwieldy and has placed a premium on somehow emerging from the scrum.

  • Are Our Familiar Political Alignments Suddenly Changing?

    Are Our Familiar Political Alignments Suddenly Changing?

    As the 2016 presidential selection process proceeds, there is increasing evidence that the political patterns we have grown used to, that we have come to consider permanent, might be suddenly changing.

  • Europe's Humanitarianism Is, Sadly, Not Humanitarian

    Europe’s Humanitarianism Is, Sadly, Not Humanitarian

    Human beings are hard-wired to protect young children. That’s the easiest explanation of the rush of Europeans — especially, but not only, elites — to welcome huge numbers of refugees after publication of the picture of a dead three-year-old boy on a Turkish beach.

  • How Obama Has Fundamentally Transformed American Politics

    How Obama Has Fundamentally Transformed American Politics

    In this presidential cycle, voters in both parties, to the surprise of the punditocracy, are rejecting experienced political leaders. They’re willfully suspending disbelief in challengers who would have been considered laughable in earlier years.

  • In Praise of Monarchy

    In Praise of Monarchy

    Queen Elizabeth II has just become the longest-serving monarch in British history. While monarchies have historically run into many problems and abuses of power, the British system under Elizabeth has helped to highlight the virtues and advantages of a monarchy in the modern era.

  • Black Lives Matter's Agenda Is Costing Black Lives

    Black Lives Matter’s Agenda Is Costing Black Lives

    I’ve seen this movie before. And for the last 25 years, I thought I’d never have to watch it again. But now it’s playing, not in theaters, but all over mainstream media, with something like rave reviews from the president and his administration.

  • Donald Trump's Appeal Is Based on Yesterday's News

    Donald Trump’s Appeal Is Based on Yesterday’s News

    Aside from the court-ordered dribbling out of Hillary Clinton’s classified-material-filled emails, the big presidential campaign news of the summer has been the boom for Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination.

  • Another Impossible Thing May Happen: Change in Partisan Alignments

    Another Impossible Thing May Happen: Change in Partisan Alignments

    In my last column, I looked at the possibility of two impossible things — impossible things in the sense used by Alice and the Red Queen — happening in the already turbulent 2016 presidential cycle.

  • Two Impossible Things That Could Happen in 2016

    Two Impossible Things That Could Happen in 2016

    A number of once unlikely scenarios for the 2016 election might now be moving into the realm of possibility. Republicans and Democrats alike may soon face the consequences.

  • Hillary Clinton and 'Black Lives Matter': An Unproductive Confrontation

    Hillary Clinton and ‘Black Lives Matter’: An Unproductive Confrontation

    Reporters and voters have so far gotten few glimpses of Hillary Clinton speaking candidly. One of the few examples available is in the videotape and transcript of her meeting with Black Lives Matter protesters in New Hampshire last week.

  • Donald Trump's Half-Serious, Half-Fantasy Immigration Plan

    Donald Trump’s Half-Serious, Half-Fantasy Immigration Plan

    Donald Trump’s six-page platform on immigration may not be, as Ann Coulter wrote, “the greatest political document since the Magna Carta.” But given the issue’s role in elevating the candidate to leading Republican polls, it merits serious attention.

  • The Strange Death of the Center-Left

    The Strange Death of the Center-Left

    In 1935 George Dangerfield published “The Strange Death of Liberal England, 1910-1914,” a vivid account of how Britain’s center-left Liberal Party, dominant for a century, collapsed amid conflicts it could not resolve.

  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Incapable of Embarrassment

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Incapable of Embarrassment

    August is traditionally a vacation month, and East Coast elites, following European tradition, are thick on the ground in the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard (the Obamas’ choice) and Nantucket.

  • A Tough Day for the President and His Party

    A Tough Day for the President and His Party

    Thursday was the biggest night of the political year so far, for what happened on the stage at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena and for what happened offstage as well.

  • Too Many Candidates to Fit on a Stage: Democrats Then, Republicans Now

    Too Many Candidates to Fit on a Stage: Democrats Then, Republicans Now

    Why did Fox News decide to schedule two Republican presidential debates rather than one? Simple arithmetic: 90 minutes divided by 17 candidates equals 5 minutes and 29 seconds apiece. That’s scarcely enough time for the oral equivalent of a few tweets.

  • Obama Bets Nuclear Deal Will Change Iran's Regime; Few Agree

    Obama Bets Nuclear Deal Will Change Iran’s Regime; Few Agree

    “Faute de mieux.” That means “for want of something better” in Secretary of State John Kerry’s second language. It’s also the best case made by its journalistic defenders for approval of the nuclear weapons deal Kerry negotiated with Iran. Or to be more exact, for rallying 34 votes in the Senate or 146 votes in the House to uphold a presidential veto of a congressional vote to disapprove.

  • Asymmetrical Politics: Republicans Act Like an Unruly Mob, Democrats Like a Regimented Army

    Asymmetrical Politics: Republicans Act Like an Unruly Mob, Democrats Like a Regimented Army

    As the presidential campaign heats up, and we head into the first debate among the 16 declared Republican candidates, there is an asymmetry between the two political parties.

  • Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?

    Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?

    Forty-seven years ago, the musical “Hair” opened on Broadway. Elderly mavens — the core theater audience then, unlike the throngs of tourists flocking to cheap movie adaptations today — were instructed that America was entering an “Age of Aquarius.” The old moral rules were extinct: we were entering a new era of freedom, experimentation and self-expression.