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The peril of narratives

Besides “optics,” “going forward,” and “Joe Scarborough,” the most useless string of words in political journalism is “feeding the narrative.” When reporters use it on TV, it’s like a flare fired by a survivor on a raft: a signal that … Continue reading

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The Democrats’ local election problem

Like the GOP in 2012, the DNC commissioned a study of What Went Wrong following congressional losses in 2014. The conclusion, as Chris Cillizza sees it: Traditionally, Democrats — and, in particular, the party’s major donors — have not been … Continue reading

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Why Democrats love getting along

The left likes to play fair. That’s why Howard Dean appears on “Morning Joe” and within two minutes forces me to repudiate what I said in 2004. The guy who said he became interested in foreign policy from reading journals … Continue reading

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Squeeze play: The Octopus

To qualify as realist, early twentieth century American fiction needed the smell of the stockyards and signs that the novelists read newspapers. Frank Norris isn’t as widely read as Crane, Dreiser, or The Jungle, and I understand: he is by … Continue reading

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Hack Writing, Pt. 3412

Count the cliches in this story: There are other ways the Bush team thinks the Jeb brand could be unique. His father, George H.W. Bush, governed as a ­free-spending, tax-raising, ­foreign-policy pragmatist, while Jeb Bush aims to offer himself as … Continue reading

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‘It was a fight’

Occasionally Politico publishes content worthy of its Beltway insidership. Get a load of these opening paragraphs: Kay Hagan just wanted to swim. It was late 2008, and the Democrat was newly arrived on Capitol Hill as North Carolina’s junior senator-elect. … Continue reading

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‘My point is that you never know’

I wrote no new year predictions because yawn. Also, events have a way of making hash out of predictions. Charles Pierce: A decade ago, we were all preparing to endure the second round of the Avignon Presidency, which we, as … Continue reading

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