Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman is a contributing editor for the American Prospect and the author of Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.

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Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with President Donald Trump in the East Room, June 13, 2019. (Photo: Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/AP Images)  Views
Monday, August 19, 2019
There Will Be No Justice For Trump's Enablers
After Donald Trump became his party’s nominee for president in 2016, a great many Republicans in Washington said publicly and privately that they would never work in his administration if he were to win. For some it was because they doubted his commitment to conservative ideology, but for most it...
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Republicans have quite plainly looked at our current state of electoral dysfunction and concluded that it’s working pretty darn well for them. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 26, 2019
Mitch McConnell Is Right. Secure, Open Elections Would Elect More Democrats.
“They’re doing it as we sit here,” replied Robert S. Mueller III when asked in his testimony Wednesday whether Russia will again interfere in our elections. “And they expect to do it during the next campaign.” The fact that Russia’s assistance to the Trump campaign got such high-profile discussion...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Philadelphia.  (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP Photo) Views
Monday, June 03, 2019
Why 2020 Is Starting to Feel Like 2004
On March 15, 2003, Governor Howard Dean of Vermont, at the time a decidedly second-tier presidential candidate, took the stage at the convention of the California Democratic Party. The first thing he said, to a thunderous cheer, was this: “What I want to know is what in the world so many Democrats...
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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Views
Monday, May 27, 2019
Nihilist-in-Chief
Last week, the House Intelligence Committee released transcripts of testimony by Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to Donald Trump and current guest of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In it, Cohen describes how one of his tasks as an employee of the future president was to stiff people who had...
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Joe Biden is basing his candidacy on the proposition that he will be able to win over significant numbers of Republican voters, once they see that he's more moderate than other Democrats and realize what a repellent human being Donald Trump is. Here, Biden speaks during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Views
Monday, May 06, 2019
Fearful Democrats and the False Allure of Policy Centrism
ancy Pelosi is worried about 2020. As, of course, is every Democrat, but Pelosi has an analysis of the challenge the party faces that is striking in how tentative it sounds, even frightened. Here's what she told The New York Times over the weekend: Sitting in her office with its panoramic view of...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Omaha. (Photo: AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Views
Monday, April 01, 2019
Joe Biden Is a Link to the Past—and Not In a Good Way
Joe Biden is, in so many ways, a man from a Democratic Party of another time. Yet as he inches closer to a campaign to lead the Democratic Party of 2020, he is suddenly finding himself being asked questions that had lay dormant while he served ably as Barack Obama's vice president for eight years,...
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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Media Badly Botching the Medicare For All Debate
The 2020 presidential campaign will surely wind up being horrifying in many ways. But the good news is that at the moment, it’s featuring a genuine debate about a profoundly consequential policy question. The bad news is that media are already screwing it up, no less than when they cheered for the...
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Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Views
Saturday, June 14, 2014
On Iraq, Let’s Ignore Those Who Got It All Wrong
At noon on Friday, President Obama issued his first statement on the deteriorating situation on Iraq. “This is not solely or even primarily a military challenge,” he said. “The United States will do our part, but understand that ultimately it’s up to the Iraqis as a sovereign nation to solve their...
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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Get Ready for the Next Crisis
By the time you read this, President Obama will probably have declared victory in fending off the fiscal cliff/austerity trap, and there are certainly some things in the agreement that progressives should be pleased about. But we should also understand what Republicans won.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Romney's Innovative Economic Plan: Dubya 2.0
I'll be honest: There are a few things about Mitt Romney that I find annoying.
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