Mike Lofgren

Mike Lofgren

Mike Lofgren is a former congressional staff member who served on both the House and Senate budget committees. His books include: "The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government" (2016) and "The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted(2013).

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Trump's insurrectionists attack police while trying to storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The rioters broke windows and used metal bars, flag poles and bear spray as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Wait, Don't Tell Me: The Capitol Riot Was Yet Another "Intelligence Failure"
In the Senate’s first hearing on the breach of Capitol security by pro-Trump rioters on February 23, it was the consensus of all witnesses that failure to receive appropriate notice of the government’s available intelligence was the main reason for the incident. Former Capitol Police chief Steven A...
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The ascendency of conservatism beginning in the late 1960s was likely due in part to an increasing preference of the public for what it held to be the “normal” and “traditional.” (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo) Views
Friday, February 12, 2021
The Right Devolves From J.S. Bach to Skinhead Rock
The pivotal 1960s saw self-described defenders of traditional culture and mores draw the line against those whom they thought transgressed those standards. This divide kicked off America’s culture wars, with conservatives posing as champions of the old order, and with traditional liberals in a...
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Protestors demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump outside Independence Hall November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Republican candidate lost the popular vote but won the electoral college. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
The Electoral College Is Far Worse Than You Think
Growing up in a less polarized era, I often heard the conventional wisdom that the Electoral College “has served us well.” To find counterexamples to its reasonableness, you had to go back to the horse and buggy era, and I don’t remember anyone at the time lamenting that Sam Tilden was robbed of...
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A supporter of President Donald Trump howls inside the Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol during a deadly invasion and takeover on January 6, 2021. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 14, 2021
A Layman’s Guide to Spotting Sedition, Treason, and Lunacy in General
Now that America and the world have seen what the phrase " concerned citizens " means in the context of political action, it may be necessary to learn how to decode other politically charged phrases in these fraught and fateful times. You have probably heard the following statements on more than...
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The point is not to say who is right, but to remind everyone that the Democratic Party is what Ronald Reagan claimed he wanted of the GOP 40 years ago: a big-tent party. (Photo: Olivier Douliery / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Hey, America, You Want a True Conservative Party?
I used to be cautious about making predictions. This is partly because history is a complex, open system and predictions almost always come to grief in some important detail. It is also hard to take seriously the Chris Matthews school of punditry: make a series of wild predictions. Supposedly,...
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In terms of creating disasters, Trump has nothing on George W. Bush. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Trump Was No Fluke: George W. Bush Blazed the Trail
My friend and former colleague Bruce Bartlett has done a service by reminding us that after four years of the non-stop catastrophe that was the Trump administration, we should not lull ourselves with the illusion that the 45 th president was some aberration that fell out of the sky. His flamboyant...
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The Trump regime committed several other serious crimes, such as sabotaging the postal service to hobble mail-in voting, and extorting campaign assistance from a foreign government by threatening to withhold duly appropriated taxpayer funds. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Should Trump Be Held Accountable? A Harvard Academic Says No
In today’s hyper-polarized America, one is used to encountering political argumentation that causes either outrage or eyerolling. Mostly, this is the work of partisan operatives, and easily discounted. Occasionally, though, one comes across opinions that are ostensibly above the fray and written by...
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Trump’s removal from office is only the first step. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Damnatio Memoriae: The First Step to Recovery in a Post-Trump America
“After Domitian’s death the senate appointed Nerva to rule and it condemned Domitian’s memory (damnatio memoriae)”—Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. III In a previous piece , I proposed ways in which Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden could limit the sabotage and...
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President Donald Trump listens to Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the west front of the Capitol May 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
A Modest Proposal to Prevent Sabotage by the Trump Regime
For complex historical reasons, Federal employees don’t get much love. Republicans already had begun their war on expertise nearly 90 years ago, when they condemned the New Deal for being run by distant bureaucrats. Joseph McCarthy made a career accusing those bureaucrats of being Soviet spies...
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It is difficult not to conclude that for at least several decades, the Silent and Baby Boom generations have sat atop the rest of society like a monstrous stone idol that demands worshipping. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 25, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Peril of America's Aging Elite
“The graveyards are full of indispensable men,” Charles de Gaulle is reputed to have said. Despite the mordant wisdom most of us see in that statement, an alarming number of people refuse to follow his implicit advice. Many of us, particularly in America, the land of rugged individualism, see...
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