Blog Profile / Slate: Jamelle Bouie

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:181
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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Myth of the Disappearing Nonwhite Voter

The first “swing state” surveys of 2016 are here, and the news isn’t good for Hillary Clinton. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, the likely Democratic nominee is just a nose ahead of Donald Trump in Florida and Pennsylvania, where she leads 43 percent to Trump’s 42. Show More Summary

Trump Can’t Pivot

Thus far, in the narrative of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump is the “unpredictable” one who will scramble the fall election. What this means in practice is that everything Trump says feeds the narrative, even if, after the most cursory examination, it doesn’t fit. Show More Summary

Captain America: Civil War

In its comic-book form, Marvel’s Civil War was a mess in ways that the new movie deftly avoids. The seven-issue limited series, written by Mark Millar and released in 2006, aimed to situate superheroes in the world of practical politics. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Isn’t Going to Be President

Now that Donald Trump is just a few delegates away from the Republican nomination, conversation among commentators has turned to his electability and his “pivot” to the general election. The same pundits who ignored the polls to say Trump would lose the nomination now urge us to take his odds seriously. Show More Summary

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

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