Blog Profile / Slate: Jamelle Bouie

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:177
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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

What the Maryland Democratic Senate Race Was Really About

It’s tempting to read the Maryland Senate primary as a small-scale simulacrum for the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. You have a full-throated progressive in the form of Rep. Donna Edwards facing her establishment colleague, Rep. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Will Be the Republican Nominee for President. Don’t Ever Get Used to It.

I want you to try something. Take a breath and say this aloud: Donald Trump will be the Republican Party’s nominee for president of the United States. Say it again: Donald Trump will be the Republican Party’s nominee for president of the United States. I know. Show More Summary

Fight on, Bernie

Bernie Sanders can’t win. If it’s not a fact just yet, it’s at least quickly hardening into one. Before the Tuesday slate of primaries, he needed hundreds of delegates to keep pace with Hillary Clinton and hundreds more to overtake her...Show More Summary

Why the Cruz–Kasich Alliance Won’t Change a Thing

At every turn in the Republican presidential primary, the anti–Donald Trump brigade has been too late in arriving. By the time Republican candidates and super PACs began an ad barrage against the real estate mogul, it was late winter, and Trump had already swept contests in New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and most contests on Super Tuesday. Show More Summary

Is Liberalism Really “Smug”?

Is liberalism “smug”? In an essay for Vox, Emmett Rensin says yes. “There is a smug style in American liberalism,” he writes. “It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief thatShow More Summary

There Is No Bernie Sanders Movement

He’d just been declared the winner in the Wisconsin Democratic primary, and now Bernie Sanders, speaking from a stage in Laramie, Wyoming, was thundering into a favorite refrain. He was talking about money, about the small donations—$27 on average!—that have come pouring in from millions of Americans across the country. Show More Summary

The Myth of the Trump Democrat

Donald Trump is wily, unpredictable, unprincipled, and opportunistic. And for some observers, this makes him a formidable prospect in a general election. “To be successful as a Republican candidate you have to be the equivalent of a neutron bomb,” said Republican strategist Steve Schmidt to the Washington Post. Show More Summary

Why Terrorism Doesn’t Help Donald Trump

Americans who read outlets like the New York Times woke up to detailed and largely accurate information about Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels, which killed and wounded dozens. Americans who watched cable news, on the other hand, woke up to Donald Trump, who presented these attacks—like the ones in Paris—as a boon for his campaign. Show More Summary

A Grand Third Party

Conservative leaders are plotting to lose the 2016 general election. That, of course, isn’t how they’ve framed the effort. “A secretive group of Republican operatives and conservative leaders convened Thursday morning for more than three...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Needs a Better Message for Black Voters

As soon as the polls closed in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton was aiming for the next two contests—Nevada and South Carolina. These are the “firewalls,” states where Team Clinton will—in its telling—stop the Bern before it runs too hot. Show More Summary

Bernie vs. Hillary Is Good for Democrats

Substantively, it’s hard to say there was much new in Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, other than the timing (a weekday!) and the format, which—with the departure of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley—pit Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton against each other one-on-one. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Torpedoed Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul, once the “most interesting man in American politics,” has dropped out of the Republican presidential race. You can read this as a failure of Paul the candidate, who couldn’t inspire the enthusiasm of his father, Ron Paul, and couldn’t reach beyond his base of young people and students. Show More Summary

Democrats Won in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa—Around 9 p.m. on Monday night, a video from the Iowa caucus made the rounds. At one unnamed precinct, there was a tie: Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had an equal number of supporters. But someone mustShow More Summary

Why Michael Bloomberg Could Make Donald Trump President

By now, the Michael Bloomberg presidential trial balloon is a ritual. At some point in a presidential election—usually on the eve of voting—someone will run a story on the former New York mayor’s presidential ambitions. National reporters,...Show More Summary

Why GOP Elites Prefer Trump to Cruz

Donald Trump is a nativist demogogue who attacks racial and religious minorities and heaps praise on authoritarian leaders abroad. He borrows from white nationalists and channels the worst impulses in American life. He’s an opportunist...Show More Summary

Why Bernie Sanders Still Doesn’t Pose a Critical Threat to Hillary Clinton

When Sen. Bernie Sanders entered the fray, few thought he would make a sustained and serious challenge to Hillary Clinton. But in the months since he launched his campaign he has exceeded expectations, winning liberal Democrats and charging...Show More Summary

Nikki Haley’s State of the Union Rebuttal Was Anti–Black Lives Matter

On Tuesday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley lived up to the hype. Tasked with giving the Republican Party’s response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address, Haley excelled, besting predecessors in a difficult format. Besides her skill and comfort in giving a televised address, the secret to her success isn’t hard to parse. Show More Summary

Obama’s Plea to Heal Our Politics

More than anything else, President Obama’s final State of the Union address was a plea for cooperation and compromise—an appeal to America’s citizenry, not just its public. “[D]emocracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens,” said Obama at the conclusion of his address. Show More Summary

Obama’s Final Pitch

For the past two years, Barack Obama has used the State of the Union to outline an ambitious domestic agenda: infrastructure investment, job training, funding for scientific research, comprehensive immigration reform, clean air regulations,...Show More Summary

Why Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage Is the Proto-Trump

In Maine, the face of heroin trafficking is white. Which makes sense. Maine is among the most homogeneous states in the union, and the large bulk of Maine’s drug users, drug dealers, and drug addicts are white. But don’t tell that to...Show More Summary

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