Trump is not destroying himself

Right now, Donald Trump is in the strongest political position since the initial months of his presidency. He’s not in robust shape — he’s ticked up into the mid-40s — but the slow upward trend in polls has been evident since March. Too much shouldn’t be read into the numbers, except for the basic conclusion…

Republican Voters Say #MeToo

At the end of May, the campaign to become South Dakota’s next Republican governor was a 1-point race, with U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem clinging to a wisp of a lead over state Attorney General Marty Jackley. Then the Noem campaign ran this ad. Republican Voters Say #MeToo In South Dakota’s gubernatorial primary, voters showed the…

How Democrats escaped disaster in California

The party was already teetering on the brink of disaster in one of the year’s most pivotal House races when the feuding between two millionaire California Democrats reached its bizarre peak. In the contest to replace retiring Rep. Ed Royce, Andy Thorburn in April released a voicemail message of someone threatening to “go negative” on…

GOP braces for intraparty fight

After nine months of empty promises to help young undocumented immigrants, House Republicans are facing a make-or-break moment on Thursday. Retiring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will pitch a long-awaited compromise immigration plan to rank-and-file Republicans in the Capitol basement. The meeting is one of the biggest of the Congress for House Republicans, and it could…