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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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  • Obama Gets Really Angry ... at Americans

    Obama Gets Really Angry … at Americans

    Three days after the Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris, Americans were primed to hear their president express heartfelt anger, which he did in his press conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the end of the G-20 summit. And they did hear him describe ISIS as “this barbaric terrorist organization” and acknowledge that the “terrible events in Paris were a terrible and sickening setback.”

  • An Unhappy History Seems to Be Repeating Itself

    Riots in black neighborhoods. Rebellions on campus. The news these past few months and particularly in the past week has been full of stories that remind us, as William Faulkner wrote a little more than half a century after the Civil War, “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

  • Rubio and Cruz Look Like Top Contenders in Debate

    Rubio and Cruz Look Like Top Contenders in Debate

    Tuesday night’s Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate in Milwaukee provided clues as to why Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have been climbing, not by wide margins but perceptibly, into the top-polling positions of the candidates behind the two poll leaders, Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

  • Surge of Democratic Turnout Has Yet to Appear

    Surge of Democratic Turnout Has Yet to Appear

    You don’t have to wander long in the liberal commentariat to find projections that the Republican Party is in a death spiral, doomed by demographics, discredited by the dissension among House Republicans, disenchanted with its experienced presidential candidates and despised by the great mass of voters.

  • Liberals' Response to Dissent: 'Shut Up'

    Liberals’ Response to Dissent: ‘Shut Up’

    “‘Shut up,’ he explained.” That’s a sentence from Ring Lardner’s short story “The Young Immigrunts.” It’s an exasperated father’s response from the driver’s seat to his child’s question, “Are you lost, Daddy?” They also can be taken as the emblematic response of today’s liberals to anyone questioning their certitudes.

  • What Happens When an Irresistible Force Meets an Immoveable Object?

    What Happens When an Irresistible Force Meets an Immoveable Object?

    What happens when an irresistible force meets an immoveable object?That’s one question raised by the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Free Stuff Can Turn Out to Be a Bad Buy

    Free Stuff Can Turn Out to Be a Bad Buy

    Free college! That’s what the Democratic candidates were offering in their presidential debate. And it’s likely that, if the subject had come up, they would have offered something like free home mortgages as well, to judge from Hillary Clinton’s statement that she had urged Wall Street to stop mortgage foreclosures.

  • Clinton Paying a Price Now for Her 2012 Lies About Benghazi

    Clinton Paying a Price Now for Her 2012 Lies About Benghazi

    Nothing new there. Nothing to see here. Time to move on for good.

  • Biden Decision Leaves Both Parties in Disarray

    Biden Decision Leaves Both Parties in Disarray

    Joe Biden has made it official: He is not running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. It’s the latest development in a presidential campaign cycle that has not been going according to script.

  • Democrats' Debate: No Solution for Economic Inequality, No Interest in Economic Growth

    Democrats’ Debate: No Solution for Economic Inequality, No Interest in Economic Growth

    You may not have noticed, but Lincoln Chafee, the erstwhile Republican U.S. senator and Independent-turned-Democratic governor, had one penetrating comment at the Democrats’ debate Tuesday night.

  • Hillary Scores Debate Win -- Among Democrats

    Hillary Scores Debate Win — Among Democrats

    Going into the Democrats’ first presidential debate Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton seems to have banked on one thing: that far fewer Americans would be watching than watched the Republican debates in August and September. That assumption proved correct.

  • Are Both Parties Incapable of Governing?

    Are Both Parties Incapable of Governing?

    Important parts of our two great political parties seem bent on demonstrating that their parties are incapable of governing coherently.

  • Clinton's Leftward Tack on Immigration and Guns Has Risks for November

    Clinton’s Leftward Tack on Immigration and Guns Has Risks for November

    You win the presidency, Richard Nixon supposedly observed, by tacking to the right in the primaries and to the center in the general election. Hillary Clinton seems to be following that strategy except, as a Democrat, she is tacking to the left.

  • Policy Reform That Comes From Outside (and in Spite of) Washington

    Policy Reform That Comes From Outside (and in Spite of) Washington

    Not all important public policy reforms come from Washington. Really lasting reforms can percolate from the bottom up, brewed by citizens with a grievance pushing state and local governments to act.

  • 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.