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President Donald Trump gestures as he finishes his first State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to a joint session of Congress January 30, 2018 in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

(Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

How the 'Trump Effect' is Causing Panic in the Republican Party

| Apr. 06, 2018

I believe in the power of panic. And I believe a little productive panic within the GOP is in order.

On Tuesday, Democrats won big in a race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It may seem not particularly consequential, but as The Washington Post's Amber Phillips reported, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, is "outright hitting the panic button for his party." Well, good. The GOP's loss in Wisconsin is a harbinger of what we might face in November.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety in the White House in Washington on Tuesday, February 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Democrats Are Unhinged, Republicans Are Shell-Shocked by Trump

| Feb. 26, 2018

What President Trump said about how he would have run into the Parkland, Fla., high school is wrong on so many levels. It is offensive and even grotesque. Right? Of course. It was wildly egotistical, self-serving and inconsistent with what we know about Trump’s general approach to life. Enough said. So, this latest remark should be lampooned and ridiculed and cause his support to wane. Correct? Well, after more than a year of Trump being in office, I know what to expect.

Gwendolyn Frantz, 17, of Kensington, Md., stands in front of the White House during a student protest for gun control on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - Boston Herald

GOP on Firing Line Over Gun Control

| Feb. 20, 2018

Well, here we are. Another horrific school shooting has gripped the country, and with it come the standard calls for Washington to do something. And it is time to do something. Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. We should be creative enough to come up with a few specific changes to the law, not something cosmetic or hollow, but some real initiatives that will make it harder for the evil among us to obtain the vicious weapons that have been used against innocents in recent years.

Participants talk on the fourth day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Jan. 20, 2017 (Michel Euler/Associated Press). Keywords: Davos, World Economic Forum

Michel Euler/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

High Stakes for Trump at the World Economic Forum

| Jan. 16, 2018

President Trump has had a ragged couple of weeks. Without reliving every sour note, let’s just say he hasn’t started the year with an inspirational vibe. His unforced, bizarre errors have overshadowed soaring consumer confidence, the potential benefits of tax cuts and the dismantling of Obama-era regulations. But could everything soon change? Is Trump about to take a break from his acidic public presence?

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he arrives at a New Year's Eve gala in his Mar-a-Lago resort, Palm Beach, on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Will the 2018 Elections be About Trump or Peace and Prosperity?

| Dec. 21, 2017

If Democrats do well in the 2018 midterm elections, it won’t be because of the Trump tax cuts. Democrats’ hyperbole notwithstanding, voters are not going to vote against Republicans for putting more money in their pockets. There may be other reasons to vote against Republicans, but if President Trump can somehow keep from making himself the issue and the 2018 election is mostly about peace and prosperity, Republicans may have a chance of holding onto the House and Senate majorities.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower in downtown Chicago on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP

Analysis & Opinions - Chicago Tribune

Why Doesn't Trump get Credit for Revving up the Economy?

| Dec. 19, 2017

As real data and anecdotal accounts of a growing economy begin to pile up, it will be interesting to see whether the media give President Donald Trump even partial credit for the building momentum. And it isn't just a question of whether the media will treat Trump fairly, but also a question of whether giving credit where credit is due will have a positive effect on his approval ratings and lift the Republican Party's prospects for the November 2018 midterm elections. It is important that Trump and Republicans be associated with the robust economy.

President Donald Trump, right, speaks during a meeting with Navajo Code Talkers including Fleming Begaye Sr., seated left, Thomas Begay, second from left, and Peter MacDonald, second from right, in the Oval Office of the White House on Nov. 27, 2017 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh).

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

How Long Can Trump's Tweets and Serious Policy Development Coexist?

| Nov. 30, 2017

The Trump presidency is bifurcated. It is coming apart, but not in the way most people think. There is a stark divide between the governing aspect of the Trump presidency and the tabloid aspect. Assuming tax reform passes in the Senate, these two worlds will have been proven capable of coexisting — at least so far.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., joined by House Republicans, speaks to the media following a vote on tax reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 16, 2017 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File).

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

'Pass and Pray' is the GOP Tax-Reform Strategy

| Nov. 27, 2017

This week will be a crucial test for President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress. Specifically, this is the week that a tax-reform bill should pass the Senate. The Democrats are taking their predictable position of attacking Republican tax-reform plans as tax cuts for the rich, and the media is pointing to various polls citing the unpopularity of Trump’s tax proposals. Again, all of this is predictable. And it was probably destined to be.

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore listens as a campaign member talks to him before Moore speaks at the Vestavia Hills Public library on Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson).

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Roy Moore Wreaks Havoc in Alabama and Beyond

| Nov. 10, 2017

I have been fretting for some time about Roy Moore coming to the U.S. Senate. He embodies every negative stereotype anyone ever had of people from Alabama. As I wrote soon after his win in the GOP primary, “Moore is bad for Alabama and worse for the GOP.” Well, I didn’t think it was possible when I wrote that piece a couple weeks ago, but things have managed to get even worse. Yesterday’s revelations in The Washington Post that he has a history of inappropriately engaging teenage girls exposed a whole new level of disqualification for Moore.

John Kelly, who was then the Homeland Security secretary, talks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House on May 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

John Kelly Offers Washington a Xanax

| Oct. 13, 2017

John Kelly’s news conference from the White House briefing room yesterday was great. It was the equivalent of offering Washington a Xanax. The poised, confident and well-spoken White House chief of staff actually looked like, dare I say, a president. Too bad President Trump can’t do what Kelly did.