Here’s the Deal, Folks: A New Year’s Announcement

Slightly less than a year ago, my Substack, Political Junkie launched with a post about the Democratic presidential primary campaign. That post described the experience of politics from a campaign volunteer’s perspective. It was written in the first person plural because this newsletter was one of the ways that the editorial board of Public Seminar, a weekly digital magazine … More Here’s the Deal, Folks: A New Year’s Announcement

On men who would no longer be Democratic candidates if they were women

  Joe and Pete, I am looking at you. If Biden were a woman, even a woman with a stellar record (which Biden’s is not), he would already be gone given how garbled everything comes out. Pete’s style isn’t garbled, but he says absolutely nothing: Moderator: “What do you think about (this issue)?” Pete: “That … More On men who would no longer be Democratic candidates if they were women

“The partisanship, and the populisms, that came to characterize the 2010s…

…were already coalescing as the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2008.” Sorry to end the year on a spirit of impending doom, but there you go: I tell it like it is, baby. I was one of the 23 historians in a Politico roundup (December 27 2019) imagining how the 2010s … More “The partisanship, and the populisms, that came to characterize the 2010s…

Farhad Manjoo asks: what could be worse than Trump?

President Tucker Carlson. In today’s New York Times, the “white national economic populist” who is pretty, speaks in complete sentences, and seems to understand policy. Where Trump was a chaotic, undisciplined narcissist, the Carlson who wins in 2024 is a canny political strategist who makes good on Trump’s forgotten promise to embrace anti-corporate economic policies. … More Farhad Manjoo asks: what could be worse than Trump?

Argentina is having elections too, so…

…check out this smart piece at Public Seminar by the Wilson Center’s Nicolás Saldías, in which he argues that “neoliberalism has become a shorthand whose usage does more harm than good.” Yes. And since  I am the executive editor at this wonderful digital rag, props to New School grad students and Public Seminar editors Guillermina Altomonte … More Argentina is having elections too, so…