?So, ?that? happened. In February 2013, The New York Times Magazine published a 2012 election postmortem titled, "Can The Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence." The author, Robert Draper, profiled several innovative Republican strategists who'd all been left on the sidelines as Republican candidate Mitt Romney went down to defeat. Show More Summary
In an interview with the New York Times Magazine published today, Donald Trump continued to revise his comment to MSNBC's Chris Matthews that there should be "some form of punishment" for women who have abortions. Robert Draper writes: Now...Show More Summary
As his presidency neared its end, George W. Bush unveiled his plans for life after the White House. "I'll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol' coffers," the multi-millionaire told Robert Draper, adding, "I don't know what my...Show More Summary
Time really does fly. It was a shock to realize that it's been over a year since Robert Draper's much-celebrated and much-mocked (I contributed mostly to the latter) New York...
Robert Draper opens a window into it: [Rep. Beto] O’Rourke went on to speculate, morosely, that [Rep. Chris] Van Hollen would not be the last person to exit the House Democratic caucus prematurely. “You look at my class, 2012,” he said. Show More Summary
This Robert Draper profile of a Democratic Party supposedly in turmoil because its base is demanding politicians stand up for values inside of Beltway centrism is ridiculous. Note that the only non-politician who gets any major play here is Jonathan Cowan, president of Third Way. And that’s what this whole article is–a lament that the […]
I complained this morning about the permanent audience for "Democrats in Disarray" stories like Robert Draper's piece turning the Maryland Senate primary into a microcosm of a party torn apart...
The New York Times Magazine's' Robert Draper, who last drew major attention for speculating that Rand Paul's presidential campaign might create a "libertarian moment," swings for the fences again in...
Robert Draper's August 7 cover story in The New York Times Magazine about the ascendance of libertarianism in American political life featured a report from reason's "posh" Washington, D.C,. office, numerous interviews with reason staffers, and a glimpse at how libertarian thinking is changing American politics. Here are some excerpts from the article. View this article.
Robert Draper’s GQ profile of famed Kochsucker/governor Walker has been getting some notice, mostly for its rather odd style. To me, it reads as though Draper couldn’t get a grip on his subject because Walker is that genuine political rarity: a pure sociopath, uncomplicated by the usual attendant narcissism. A predator, like the shark, both [Read more...]
In response to Robert Draper’s New York Times Magazine piece on the potential for a libertarian moment, there has been much debate over where exactly young people stand on economic issues. Critics relying largely on one or two data points...Show More Summary
Robert Draper looks into revisionist accounts that suggest history hasn’t been entirely fair to the Roman emperor: The dead do not write their own history. Nero’s first two biographers, Suetonius and Tacitus, had ties to the elite Senate and would memorialize his reign with lavish contempt. The notion of Nero’s return took on malevolent overtones […]
Robert Draper looks into revisionist accounts that suggest history hasn’t been entirely fair to Roman emperor: The dead do not write their own history. Nero’s first two biographers, Suetonius and Tacitus, had ties to the elite Senate and would memorialize his reign with lavish contempt. The notion of Nero’s return took on malevolent overtones in […]
The time has come again for a perennial theme in politics: the idea that Republicans should "go libertarian." The questionable premise, forwarded most recently by Robert Draper and Emily Ekins, is that the Republican Party could sweep up millennials, who are "socially liberal" and "economically conservative," by adopting a more libertarian message. Show More Summary
On August 7, Robert Draper (New York Times) asked: “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?” One excerpt: Libertarians, who long have relished their role as acerbic sideline critics of American political theater, now find themselves and their movement thrust into the middle of it. For decades their ideas have had serious backing financially (most prominently […]
Thanks to a New York Times Magazine article by Robert Draper, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about the libertarian tidal wave that’s allegedly poised to wash over the American landscape. Draper argues that young people are much more accepting of the libertarian get-rid-of-all-government argument and that Rand Paul is set to harness that energy all […]
by Matthew Sitman Last week Sarah Posner expanded on Ed Kilgore’s argument that the efforts of the Christian right are a big reason for the rise of libertarianism in the United States – and why Robert Draper’s NYT Magazine story on libertarian politics was off the mark: I do think that non-religious libertarians played a […]
In response to Robert Draper's New York Times Magazine piece on the potential for a libertarian moment, there has been much debate over where exactly young people stand on economic issues. Critics relying largely on one or two data points have ended to prematurely declare young people staunch economic liberals. Show More Summary
In this time of political polarization, it's rare to find a moment of comity. But that's exactly what we've found in the wake of Robert Draper's recent New York Times Magazine feature suggesting that the "libertarian moment" might have finally arrived in America. Show More Summary
There’s an old rule in journalism: All you need are three good examples to prove a trend. And by that measure, writer Robert Draper had more than he needed to declare a new “libertarian moment” in American politics. In a New York Times Magazine cover story, Draper made exactly that case. Show More Summary